2004-10-08 / Columnists

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Lew M. Simon
Lew M. Simon

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

Your last chance for voter registration for the Presidential election will be on Saturday October 9 from 12 Noon to 9 p.m. Board of Elections sites will open at P.S. 114, J.H.S. 198 and I.S. 53.

Last Wednesday evening we participated in the Judicial Convention as a delegate representing the 23 A.D. The convention nominated six candidates for State Supreme Court Justice for Queens. Among those nominated was William Erlbaum, a sitting justice, who was nominated for another 14 year term. Randall T. Eng, a former Assistant District Attorney and a Supreme Court Justice since 1991 was also renominated.

James J. Golia, an attorney and professional engineer and planner was nominated. Golia served in Queens as consulting engineer to the Borough president and as an Assistant District Attorney. He presently is a Civil court Judge. Another Civil Court Judge nominated to be elevated to the Supeme Court is Valerie Brathwaite Nelson. Judge Nelson has served as Law Clerk to Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm and as an attorney advising State Senator Al Waldon, James McGuire, former Chief counsel to Governor George Pataki, and has been in private practice recently.               

We had the great pleasure of seconding the second for the nomination of Augustus C. Agate as a Supreme court Justice. Augie is an example of what a real judge should be; honest, a person of integrity, objective, fair, a gentleman with compassion, a scholar and most of all, a mensch.

It was a great pleasure to work as a team with Augie. He was male leader of the 23 A.D. part A. We attended each other’s Democratic club meetings, dinner dances and events. He is an easy going, personable individual who is a wonderful father and a great husband to his lovely wife, Susan. She is the best you could ask to meet, a shy humble lady who has a heart of gold, compassion for all, as well as her little babies, her cats. Augie is a great family man. We are so proud of him in the 23 A.D.   

  The Queens Democratic organization and the Good Government Regular Democratic club are urging all voters to vote for all the Democratic candidates from John Kerry and John Edwards down. We are recruiting volunteers to help  get out the vote. If you can help by making calls, handing out flyers, watching polls or bringing voters to the polls, call my office at 945-1216.

Our annual Dinner Dance will be on Thursday October 21. We will be at the Beach Club on Beach 116 Street from 7:00 to 11:00 P.M. Dinner, live music, raffles and 50/50 will be available. We are honoring Dr. Kathleen Cashin, Regional Superintendent of Region 5, James Mahoney, business Agent of Local 580 Ornamental and Archtectural Ironworkers, Charlote Kulovany, community activist, Steven Greenberg, Chairman, Breezy Point Cooperative and outgoing President of Community Board 27, Mae Hegarty (Miss Rockaway) community activist, and Grace D’Agostino, community activist.Tickets are $60 per person or $720 for a table of 12. RSVP now.

On Sunday afternoon, September 26, the sun was shining brightly in the Rockaway Beach community. At 2 P.M. the unveiling and tribute to the late Richard Allen Jr., a firefighter who gave his life for us on 9/11, was held on Beach 91 Street. Richard was a young man who loved to surf on Beach 91 Street. In the future we are expecting the beach to be declared a surfing beach with a sign declaring it Richard Allen Way.

  A short time after 9/11 I reached out to Gail Allen, Richard Allen’s mother to ask if we could name a street after her son. She asked for a little time and would get back to me. When she gave her permission, I drew up a petition. Hundreds of signatures were collected.

We presented the petition to CB 14 Memorial Committee. We spoke at numerous CB meetings. We argued that this location should be named for Richie, not for Duke Kahanamoka. Community activist Palmer Doyle and I, working as a team, were able to secure Beach 91 Street for this honor.

We know this day, September 26, 2004, Richie Allen Jr. smiles down from heaven as a special angel lighting up the sky with a beautiful sun and great weather. It was a fine tribute to a great gentleman. Hundreds of firemen, friends,

colleagues and neighbors shared this special day with his family.

Congratulations to Mara A. Sanchez and Xiomara Perez on the birth of their first child, Alberto Luis Sanchez.

Congratulations to P.S. 114 Principal Brian O’Connell and his beautiful wife Jean Marie on the birth of their first baby, Shamona Bela. We wish happiness, joy and pleasure to these two fine couples.  

On Saturday evening we attended a wedding reception for Mr. and Mrs John Nash at Coral house. It was a beautiful reception for over 300 Rockaway guests. The father of the groom, John Nash, always helps coordinate my campaigns. He and his lovely wife Dorothy were glowing in happiness for their son. The beautiful bride Yolanda Solla and John were married in July in Bali, Indonesia. Yolanda’s mom Coca was as happy as a parent could be.

To give a little background on Johnny, I have known him since he was 7 and I was District Commissioner for the Boy Scouts of America, Rockaway District. Upon Johnny’s 16th or 17th birthday we made sure he had a summer job working for the Parks Department on Rockaway Beach. We have helped him in his adult career in any way we could.

Through the years I have watched this young man grow up to be a fine gentleman. His parents have instilled the right values in this young man. He indeed made the right choice of his lovely bride. Yolanda is a young woman of class. She is educated, sophisticated and wonderful. She has also given numerous hours to set up filing systems in our office. Congratulations to this wonderful couple. Happiness, success, long life and plenty of children.

Our next Atlantic City trip will be on Saturday October 23.

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