2003-08-01 / 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

Come have fun with us. Eight hours to enjoy our monthly bus trip to Atlantic City Trum p Marina. On Saturday August 16 we leave at 5:30 p.m., and return at 8AM. The cost is $28 and you receive $14 back in coins. Call 945-1216 for reservations.

This weekend we received many calls from Rockaway residents about people receiving tickets while using the beach. A number of Beach 124 Street residents were outraged. Wherever I go with our petition to take back our beach and boardwalk, I have not gotten a refusal.

Sunday evening at the Rockaway Music and Arts Council concert, Jerry Cardone had us closing our eyes and thinking Frank Sinatra was singing. As I walked through the audience with my petition everyone was thanking me for staying on top of this important issue.

When Councilman Joe Addabbo got up to speak he told everyone to continue to use the beach and boardwalk as they always do. We heard many boos in the audience. A large number of people thought he had a lot of nerve for not listening to the Rockaway people. After the large number of people who attended the rally and the numerous phone calls to his office, many of us think the councilman must be deaf, dumb and blind.

If he thinks this issue will go away once the summer ends, he is absolutely crazy. It is time to get him to stop sitting on the fence. Rockaway residents will not let this issue go away. Pick up the phone and call Councilman Addabbo at 718 318-6411. Send a letter to Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe at The Arsenal, Central Park, New York, NY 10021. Send a copy to the councilman and one to myself at 112-20 Beach Channel Drive, Rockaway Park, NY 11694.

Most importantly, take some of the petitions and help obtain more signatures. Remember no matter what the commissioner says, petitions are worth their weight in gold. Petition signatures translate into votes. It’s time for our councilman to take a stand. Our petitions are also available to be signed at Sunset Diner and Bel-Har Travel. If any other store or merchant would like them, we would be glad to deliver them.

The mayor has submitted an absolutely absurd proposal to the Charter Revision Commission he appointed. It is a slap in the face to those who are enrolled in a party whether you are a Democrat, Republican, Conservative, Independence, Working Families or any other recognized party. You have chose to enroll in that party based on party philosophy, beliefs, ideals and issues they fight for. How dare Mayor Bloomberg dictate to us that we should not have party labels anymore?

One of my duties as District Leader is to enroll new Democratic registrants and get out the vote for candidate of our choice. We are aware some people do cross party lines, but the majority of people vote for their enrolled party candidate. That is why primaries occur. Primaries give people enrolled in a party a chance to choose their candidate. One of the things that makes our system democratic is your right to choose. I often urge people who did not register in a party to register as Democrats.

It is important that all citywide elections be held in a fair and honest fashion with party labels. It is quite apparent that NYC is a two party city with strong Democratic and Republican parties. Without either of those lines, it is very difficult to get elected.

After all the rain we had this spring, West Nile virus may be running rampant. We suggest before you go out, you spray yourself and prepare yourself against mosquito bites especially if you have health problems or low resistance.

We need your continued support. Become a member of the Good Government Regular Democratic club. The dues are $25 for a family, $18 single and $12 for Seniors and Young Dems. We never ask what party you are enrlled in. We are at your service with pleasure. Send your dues to our office at 1120-20 Beach Channel Drive, Rockaway Park 11694.

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