2003-11-21 / Columnists

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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

As my loyal readers noticed my column was not in The Wave last week. Due to the large number of columnists who write for the newspaper, this column is now bi-weekly. I wish I could have kept a weekly column because we always have so much information for my constituents and readers.

I am always proud of my outstanding track record. I make it my business to return all calls made to me. I do apologize for getting back late in the evening when we have a heavy schedule of community and district meetings.

Our motto is that if there were 25 hours in each day, we would be there fighting to get the job done. As I have explained there is no money given for the office of District Leader. Our office survives through the membership dues to the Good Government Regular Democratic club, monthly bus trips and our annual dinner dance.

I wish to thank those who have been kind enough to send in their membership dues. I am quite flattered when we receive dues from those who are registered Republicans and Conservatives, thanking me for our efforts. It is through your great efforts in sending in membership dues that we are able to continue to do what we do.

The dues are $25 for a family, $18 single and $12 for seniors and young Dems. Send your dues to Good Government Regular Democratic club, 112-20 Beach Channel Drive, Rockaway Park 11694.

We are coming upon our 10th Anniversary this September. Could you believe it? 10 years as District Leader. It is a pleasure to serve your needs. It gets better and better as days go on. Thank god my feet are planted firmly on the ground. I am not complacent or bored. Please don’t ever hesitate to call us. No problem is too big or too small. I am listed under Lew Simon. My number is (718) 945-1216.

Our 16th annual Dinner Dance will be held on Wednesday, December 3rd at Rockaway’s Beach Club. Among our honorees this year will be Maxine Schack, Executive director of the Neponsit Adult Day Care Center, who will be receiving the 1st annual Stephen Lefkowitz Memorial Award. For those who may not have known him, Steve was my campaign treasurer and a board member of the Good Government Regular Democratic club. Unfortunately on 9/11 he lost his life. He worked for the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance on the 87th floor of 2 World Trade Center and never made it out alive.

Steve, who had given so much to his community as Recording Secretary of the Belle Harbor Property Owners and organizing a rally to support Israel. Steve and his wife Sara had a dream for their little boy Daniel and other children of Rockaway to have a children’s park in the community for parents and children. We understand the P.S. 114 children’s park is being renamed for Stephen Lefkowitz.

(Mickey) Cincotta Memorial Award. Mickey was a local developer who built Bay Plaza mall and was the former landlord of the building my office is located in. Mickey was just like a father to me, always encouraging me and giving me the stamina to do the right thing for our community.

Mickey had a heart of gold and never said no to anyone who needed help. He had given so much back to his community. We have chose Alphonse Catanese Sr., who is also a community builder and also Mickey’s best friend to receive this award. He is another man with a heart of gold and always charitable to his community. As the same time we will be giving plaques of recognition to Sara Lefkowitz and Dorothy Cincotta. They have continued the great work their husbands started.

We want to wish a speedy get well to a great friend and supporter in this community, Anna Moriarty, a lady of class personified. Get well. We are praying for you.

Hey folks, are you tired of reading about Lew Simon taking a bus trip to Atlantic City? Does it sound boring? Well, surprise, we will be going to Mohegan Sun in Connecticut in January. Tickets will be $30. We leave at 5:30 PM on Saturday January 10 or 17 and return at 8 AM. If you are interested, now is the time to call for reservations.

We have been honored to receive a call from the Queens County Democratic organization asking us to be one of the candidates for delegate to the 2004 Democratic National convention supporting the leading Democratic candidate, Howard Dean. We will be coordinating petitions and lit drops and will need your assistance.

This will be the chance to take back the White House that was taking away in that awful 2000 election. It is time to end the phony promises of drug coverage for seniors. It is important that we stick together to fight for a national health plan to make sure that all Senior Citizens will be able to receive medicine at an affordable co-pay price. It is time to give the money needed for education instead of just the slogans. We need the money to build desperately needed schools so we can have smaller class size and neighborhood schools. Every child must have enough textbooks and supplies. Cities must have enough money to improve our streets and bridges. We must update the lousy transportation in our cities.

Howard Dean, who grew up on Long Island, is a medical doctor. As a two-term governor of Vermont, he brought health coverage to most Vermont residents. He was chosen by other governors as chair of the national governor’s conference.

Dean favors creation of more jobs for American workers. He wants to reduce the budget deficit that will force our grandchildren to pay our debts. He wants to work with our traditional allies to end terrorism.

Dean has built a formidable organization of supporters and volunteers. Recent polls show him with a substantial lead in New Hampshire where the first primary takes place. His campaign is raising enough money so he can compete with the Bus campaign throughout 2004.

Howard Dean’s brother Charles was killed in Laos during the Vietnam War. With relatives of other MIA’s, Dean searched for his brother’s remains. Now the Department of Defense is trying to identify the remains. This may help us understand Howard Dean’s strong efforts to avail unnecessary wars.

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