2003-08-08 / 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

There are still tickets available for our trip to Atlantic City Trump Marina on Saturday, August 16. We leave at 5:30PM and return at 8 AM. The cost is $28 with $14 returned. Movies are shown and bagels and cream cheese are served. Call 718 945-1216 for reservations.

We are calling on all registered Democrats to get involved in your community. Let your voice be heard. Become a member of the Democratic club that works for its community. This club has taken a leadership role in taking back our beach and boardwalk.

We meet Thursday evening from 7:30 to 11 p.m. We present speakers from the federal, state, city and borough governments. We get right to the issues and let you ask the pointed questions you dare to ask. We don’t muzzle anyone and give everyone the right to speak.

During the next few months we will be hearing from the Democratic presidential hopefuls. You can meet, greet and hear the platforms of the candidates. It’s time you become a member. Even if you can’t make all the meetings your support helps keep our doors open.

We look forward to this coming Monday, August 11, which is my birthday. I would love to hear from everyone. It makes my day. We would like to wish a special happy birthday to Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer on August 13.

During the past week I was invited to the home of Henry and Debbie Jefferson. Henry works for the MTA and Debbie is a correction officer. They live on Beach 98 Street right off Shorefront Parkway in a brand new two-family house. This is on the site of Rockaway’s Playland.

These new homes are fabulous. The upstairs apartment is split level with the kitchen and living room on the lower level, three bedrooms on the top floor and a beautiful terrace overlooking the beach and boardwalk. The downstairs apartment has a beautiful back patio facing the beach and boardwalk. They have two large gorgeous bedrooms. Talk about Shangri La paradise.

I wish my mom were alive because I would have loved to buy my mom a house like this. In 1987 when the original proposal to build the houses was made, my mom’s dream was to get a house like this.

So many years later the homes came to reality. Unfortunately, my mom, God rest her soul, never got to see them. These are the most wonderful terrific homes you have ever seen. For those interested in buying these houses there are still some available. There are also apartments for rent. They are fully carpeted. I have never seen such big rooms in my life.

Henry and Debbie are a class act personified. They are the best and nicest people you can ask to meet. We wish them the best in their new home.

The enforcement of new rules on our beach and boardwalk is keeping many of us from enjoying the summer. We must get the message to our elected officials and the Parks Commissioner. You can sign a petition at Sunset Diner or Bel-Har Travel. If you call my office we will get you a petition to collect signatures. We will keep fighting until we win this battle.

Congratulations to the WAVE on their 110th Anniversary. They are the voice of Rockaway, Broad Channel and Breezy Point. Congratulations to Susan Locke, Sandy Bernstein, Howie Schwach, Brian Magoolaghan and the WAVE staff. The 110th Anniversary edition is absolutely beautiful. It will educate anyone who doesn’t know the history of Rockaway. It is definitely a collector’s item for all. Hats off to the WAVE for a beautiful edition.

We would like to wish a special welcome home to dear friend and board member Carrie Selkow after having her hip replaced. She attended her niece’s wedding over a month ago and fell and broke her hip. Carrie is a one in a million person. You may remember her from Helen Walter’s dress store on Beach 129th Street.

Carrie was a wonderful mother. She took care of her son Philip, a junior high school teacher who had a stroke. She was also his best friend. Unfortunately Philip died over a year ago. We think Carrie is entitled to the title Mother of the Year.

You can tell I love this woman like my own mother. She is a class act hard to follow. We wish her a speedy recovery and send her our love.

Next March registered Democrats in NY State will get a change to vote for their choice for President of the United States. At this time we don’t see a clear front-runner among the nine active candidates.

Getting attention now is Howard Dean, a medical doctor who was the governor of Vermont. Joe Lieberman, the Vice Presidential candidate in 2000, is a Senator from Connecticut. Richard Gephardt, the former Democratic leader in the House of Representatives, is a Congressman from Missouri with union support.

John Kerry, a Vietnam War hero, and leader of the Vietnam Veterans Against the War, is a Senator from Massachusetts. Carol Mosely Braun, who was the only Black woman ever elected to the U.S. Senate, is from Illinois.

Bob Graham, the former chair of the Senate Intelligence committee, who has been discussing the intelligence failure that preceded 9/11, is from Florida. John Edwards, who was a very successful trial lawyer, is a Senator from North Carolina.

Dennis Kucinich, who was the youngest mayor Cleveland, is a Congressman from Ohio. We all know the Rev. Al Sharpton from Brooklyn, who was a candidate for mayor and the U.S. Senate.


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