2003-08-29 / 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

This community has been living with aircraft noise for many years. The New Jersey Congressional delegation led by Congressman Steve Roth-man and Senator Jon Corzine has initiated an effort to get the FAA to consider aircraft noise in the redesign of U.S. airspace.

The FAA is trying to reduce air traffic congestion and increase security and safety. We must not let them forget about the people who live near the airport.

If you have to stop talking on the phone, or turn the TV louder when planes are flying overhead or you have to keep the windows closed and the AC on to keep the noise out, now is the time to ask our local members of Con-gress to get involved. Call Rep. Greg-ory Meeks at (718) 949-5600, Anthony Weiner at (718) 332-9001 and Joe Crowley at (718) 779-1400.

We thank Dr. Allan Greene for his tireless efforts to control aircraft noise and to get the message to the people of Queens.

The LILCO site at Beach 108 Street, now owned by LIPA and Keyspan, was dumped on with chemicals for many years. The costs of cleaning it up for safe commercial use are immense. This site and others like it around the state must be cleaned up and put back in useful condition.

In the final hours of the 2003 legislative session, the Assembly passed legislation (A.9120) to refinance the Superfund Program and establish the Brownfield Cleanup Pro-gram (BCP). The State Sen-ate may return in September to pass their matching bill (S.5702) and send it to the Governor for his signature.

New York established the nation’s first Superfund Pro-gram in 1979 in response to the tragedy at Love Canal. New York still has hundreds of hazardous waste sites still in need of investigation and remediation. This bill refinances the Super-fund Program with $120 million in annual bonding while maintaining the historic 50/50 industry/public contribution to finance such bonds.

If you want to see these sites cleaned up, contact the State Senators from our area, Malcolm Smith, Ada Smith and Serph Maltese. Remind them and Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno that we want these smelly and dangerous sites cleaned up and put back to productive use.

This past Thursday at approximately 5:45 AM, I was awakened in my home by local fire engine 268 and ladder 137 and the 100 Precinct. One of my neighbors was complaining of chest pains and tightness in her chest. I immediately got dressed and brought them to my neighbor’s apartment.

Our local firemen immediately took her blood pressure. Within moments EMS arrived and started to perform an EKG. They proceeded to take her to Peninsula General Hos-pital emergency room where she was treated like a saint. Thank God it was not a heart attack, but her pressure and sugar had gotten the better of her. We wish to thank our local Fire Engine 268, Ladder 137 and the 100 Precinct officers, EMS and Peninsula Hospital for their professional, and prompt response.

On Saturday evening we attended a block party on the 200 block of Beach 132 Street. We were invited by our good friend, Charlie Brush and his wife, Anna. This party was a lot of fun. Most of the children had a great time when Ladder 137 came on the scene allowing the children to sit on the truck. The lines were as long as can be. The children had a ball thanks to our local fire department.

It was great to see my great friends the McManuses as well as many others enjoy themselves on this occasion. Thanks to you Anna and Charlie for making me feel like one of the family. You are the best. We need more like you.

This past week I’m sure we were all annoyed and aggravated by the high gas prices that are continuing to rise as we speak. In the past several weeks, it has jumped at least .40 to .50 cents a gallon. It is time for us to register our protests. Pick up the phone and call our US Senators Schumer and Clinton as well as your congressman. Tell them to free up the strategic reserve. We are sick and tired of the lies that there is a shortage of gas. Is this really due to the war in Iraq? Can it be blamed on the blackout? It is now time to roll the price of gas back .50 to .60 cents per gallon. If this price increase continues only people in car pools or the very wealthy will be able to afford to use their cars.

This Sunday was the closing concert in the RMAC series. We were very blessed this summer with the great weather on concert nights. We urge everyone to continue to support the Rockaway Music and Arts Council.

It’s been a sad summer season thanks to our City Councilman, Joseph P. Addabbo, Chairman of the Parks and Recreation Committee of the City Council for not holding a public hearing in our community to discuss changing the antiquated rules and regulations of the Parks Depart-ment. It allowed Commissioner Adrian Benepe to avoid hearing the wishes of the Rockaway residents.

Since when are 2,000 signatures from a community not a consensus? What are you frightened of? Why are you scared to take a stand? It’s time for you to get off the fence and represent the people. It is time for you to take the bull by the horns and change these rules and regulations ASAP. It not we will call you the Chicken Councilman.


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