2003-07-11 / Columnists

Simon says...

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

Simon says...

Lew M. SimonLew M. Simon

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

Our next bus trip to Atlantic City Trump Marina will be on Sat, July 19.  We leave at 5:30 p.m. and return 8 a.m. The cost is $28 with $14 returned. We have movies and serve bagels and cream cheese courtesy of Rockaway Bagels on the bus. We leave from our headquarters at 112-20 Beach Channel Dr. Call my office at 718 945-1216 now for reservations.

As we sit here Sunday night we have just finished spending numerous hours during the 4th of July weekend promoting our rally taking back out beach and board walk. Born and raised in Rockaway we will never let the sand go out of my shoes. After talking to hundreds and hundreds of people everyone agrees this is a major issue for our community. It was amazing how many people thanked me for what I do each and every day of the week.

It was funny when people suggested I run against Mike Bloomberg for mayor. Of course I laughed and smiled. My ratings are above 30%.  We wish to thank all the newspapers for getting the word out. Special thanks to Uncle Howie for daring this pit bull to dusk off his bullhorn and bring his new skinny body to the forefront to fight for our rights.

We wish to thank the Beach 115 Street Hardware store for providing us with enough batteries to keep our big mouth alive and bullhorn going.  We also want to once again thank Cumberland Packing Sweet ’N Low for paying for all the permits required for this most important rally.

We are committed to changing all the antiquated Parks Department rules and regulations that don’t make sense. We hope after the rally everyone will understand that the people have spoken. We expect that City Councilman Joe Addabbo, who is the Chair of the Parks Committee, will hear us loud and clear and take necessary, immediate action.

We are tired of stupid rules.  We live here. We want our beaches and boardwalk back.  We want our right to fish, to surf, and to swim safely in the morning and evening.

It is a goddamn shame that our boardwalk after having been restored is once again falling apart in many areas. For years the NYC Police Department has heard the cry and pleading to keep police cars off the boardwalk. That is why we fought so diligently to get ATV 4-wheel drive for the police. At the same time there is no need for Parks Department trucks to pick up garbage on the boardwalk when in the past they used a hook to pick up cans from the boardwalk.  These large, heavy trucks are destroying our boardwalk.

We urge everyone to get on the phone with Commissioner Richard Murphy (Department of Parks Queens) at (718) 520-5905 and the City Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe at (212) 360-1305 and Capt. Talamo of the 100th Precinct at (718) 318-4200 and tell them that you are fed up.

It has come to my attention that residents of Roxbury and Breezy Point are annoyed at speeding down State Road by local livery cabs as well as some of the residents and visitors.  After losing the two little angels in 1997 we fought diligently and obtained a traffic light for Roxbury.

The speed limit is posted. There is one lane, but cars tend to fly by in the bicycle lane. This is a major accident waiting to happen.  Many people have suggested that we get the large speedometer back. We have watched the speedometer show cars were way over the speed limit.

On Friday evening the Fourth of July, I attended the high school graduation dance for John Tomasino at the home of his parents, stepfather Terence Flynn Jr. and mother Brenda Dalisi Flynn. John is a graduate of Archbishop Molloy High School. He will be attending Wagner College in Staten Island.  When not working as a salesclerk, John loves fishing off his boat.  He travels a lot upstate to fish in the lakes.

There were over 150 invited guests.  They included Congressman Joe Crowley and his lovely wife and children.  Terence Flynn Sr., the former Republican Leader and State Liquor Authority Commissioner who is a practicing attorney at Flynn and Flynn on Beach 116 Street and his lovely wife Mary are John’s proud grandparents.

Other relatives present included local lawyer Mary Flynn and her husband and children, Timmy Flynn and his lovely wife and family Eddie Flynn. Timmy and Eddie are stock brokers.  Also present was the matriarch of the family, Mary Sr.’s mother.  Mama is quite a class act with a dynamite personality and lots of wisdom.  Also there was Mary Sr’s sister Kay Hart who sang with Benny Goodman and Tommy Dorsey.

It was great to be with my old high school English teacher Ann Marie Dalisi and her husband Frank, proud parents of Brenda. It was so nice reminiscing with the Dalisis who are the nicest people in the world. Best was seeing an old high school buddy Frank Dalisi Jr. who looks just the same and still has a great personality.

It was nice to see the McManus brothers who own Jamison’s Pub on Beach 129 Street and who donate so much back to the community.  We also saw local P.S. 114 school activist as well as sports authority Keith "Bugsy" Goldberg.

Music was played by the Planet Groove band and food was catered by Basset Caterers. A highlight of the evening was a half hour of Grucci fireworks that was paid for by the Point Breeze, Rockaway Point Associations and the Roxbury People’s Association.  God bless them for their cooperation.  It was great seeing so many of my neighbors.

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