2003-01-04 / Columnists

Simon Says….

From the Desk of Lew M. Simon,
Democratic District Leader, 23rd A.D. Part B

From the Desk of Lew M. Simon,
Democratic District Leader, 23rd A.D. Part B

We would like to wish everyone a happy and healthy New Year. May 2003 be special for everyone.

We all wished for a white Christmas, but we did not ask for the lights to go out. LIPA made a commitment to this community that once the new substation was up and working that it would prevent power outages. Since this plant has been built, parts of the West End of the peninsula had no lights for one day last summer. I was personally affected in my home.

They claimed a transformer exploded. This time on Christmas. They said a cable malfunctioned. The lights were off for over 5 hours. We really should take a class action lawsuit to get to the bottom of why the lights really went out. What will happen when storms hit Rockaway in the future?

I urge everyone who has the responsibility of paying LIPA bills to demand a sizable refund. This should include Dayton Towers, Bay Towers, Dayton Beach Park and Surfside. We have been told that a number of people were stuck in elevators for hours in some buildings. We hope these people contact LIPA. LIPA can be reached at 1-800-490-0025.

After leaving my office on Christmas day I drove to Dayton Beach Park to attend Christmas dinner at Carlos and Dawn Lazo's home. Carlos is the chef at the Beach Club. By the time I got to his building, the streets were pitch black. Thank God the buildings had emergency lighting in the halls and stairways.

We managed to make our way up to the apartment. We had a dinner, which Carlos prepared by candlelight. Me and his lovely wife Dawn and their two sons Brandon and Ryan, his mother-in-law Karen and sister-in-law Jennifer were continually worried about weather conditions, loss of heating and how to return to their own homes. The boys couldn't even see to find gifts and open them. We never got to see the lighting of the beautiful Christmas tree.

I would like to thank the Lazos for inviting me to this wonderful dinner. I hope the next time they invite me, we can see and enjoy our dinner with no worries.

Over the last year I have had the pleasure of meeting a very nice, talented musician from Suffolk County, Sean Minardi. Sean is the drummer in a band called "Grandview Park". This impressive, 3-piece band has collectively 75 years of experience. Sean, John and Jimmy also are great singers and will be performing Friday night, January 10 at The New Irish Circle on Beach 102 Street. If you want to have a good time, get out to The Circle on the 10. Grandview Park plays Classic and New Rock and Roll music. Anything from The Beatles to Blink 182. Grandview Park plays everywhere from The Hamptons to Long Beach and now are spreading their wings to The Rockaways. If you haven't had a chance to visit the New Irish Circle, Friday, January 10 at 11:00 p.m. is a good night. Check out the band's website www.grandviewpark.net.

Our next Atlantic City trip will be on Saturday, January 11. The cost is $28 with $17 returned. We leave at 5:30 p.m. and return at 8:00 a.m. We have 8 hours to enjoy. Bagels, cream cheese and movies are available on the bus. Reservations are required.

On Thursday, January 9, our guest speaker will be DEP Commissioner Christopher Ward. Ward is the person who can answer questions about water and sewer bills, sewer problems, flooding, hazardous materials, enforcement of federal clean air and water laws, hazardous material emergencies, toxic site remediation, asbestos removal, the noise code and water and energy conservation. Our meeting at 112-20 Beach Channel Drive is open to ALL. Come up by 7:45 PM to get a seat. Bagels, cream cheese and coffee are served. For further information call my office.

Get ready for the 10th anniversary "Doo Wop Spectacular" on Saturday, January 25, 2003. The 5 hour concert at Beach Channel H.S. features Shirley Alston Reeves, original lead singer-the Shirelles, Earl Lewis and the Channels, Emil Stucchio and the Classics, Cleveland Still and the Dubs, Kenny Vance and the Planotones, John Kuse and the Excellents, the Quotations, the Eternals, and acappella stars the Wrenditions. Partial proceeds to the Susan G. Memorial Scholarship Fund. Hope to see you there.

Now is the time to get involved. Become a member of the Good Government Regular Democratic club, the organization that works 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for the community. We are at the forefront of every issue. Even if you can't make meetings, becoming a member helps our doors open and keeps us advocating for your. We get no funds from the government and no salary. Our club doors are kept open by your membership and generosity. Dues are $25 for a family $18 single and $12 for seniors and young Democrats.

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