2005-12-16 / 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

‘‘Tis the season to be jolly whether it be Christmas, Chanukah or Kwanzaa. We are out there attending many parties, events, tree lighting ceremonies and soon menorah lightings as well as plays and shopping for holiday gifts. May I wish all of us Merry Christmas, Happy Chanukah, and a healthy, happy New Year.          

May this year bring peace and happiness throughout the world. Health and prosperity to all. We would like to thank all the hundreds of people who have sent us beautiful cards for the holidays. It means a lot to receive your card. It shows you are thinking of us and you care. Please keep those beautiful cards coming. It means a great deal to me.

We support the New York City Transit workers in their effort to receive a fair and equitable raise and protect the pension rights of the private bus line workers when they are taken over by the MTA. Although they are threatening a strike that would cripple the city, we hope that it doesn’t come about. The MTA negotiators and the mayor should offer a good contract.

Under the Taylor Law, MTA employees lose two days pay for each day on strike as well as other penalties. We support the union’s efforts to keep up with the increase in the cost of rent, mortgages, oil and gas heat, gasoline and other expenses. They are also concerned about being forced to work out of title and do jobs they have not been trained for. The city and state controllers found that the MTA hid their finances by keeping two sets of books. Can we trust the MTA to tell the truth?

It was great to spend last Sunday at the St. Thomas More Church Christmas Joy Concert. The wonderful spiritual singer, Sister Mary Beata, has a voice like an angel. The choir made up of the children of Breezy was fabulous. One beautiful little girl really entertained us. Her talent for the dramatic definitely made her one of the rising stars of Breezy Point. This little sweetheart really carried the show. The adult choir was absolutely wonderful.

On Wednesday we attended St. Francis Seabreeze Golden Age club’s annual Christmas party at Rockaway’s own wonderful Beach Club. Maureen McGee and her committee continue to run a superb affair.

On that note those who know me know that I give credit where credit is due. Andy McGee, who is a great friend and just like a father to me, always goes above and beyond the call of duty to help everyone.

He designed and illustrated the cover of the 2005 18th Annual Dinner journal of the Good Government Regular Democratic Club. His expert quality of color captures the richness and uniqueness of the Rockaway beaches, which are the jewels of the East coast.

On Monday we attended the wonderful party held by Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer, who is one of the hardest workers for her constituents next to me. We make a great team together.

Later that evening we attended the annual meeting of the Dayton Towers Cooperative stockholders. It was great to see a fine turnout on the night of the first snow of the year.

  President Jerry D’Albora knows how to run a great meeting. He works closely with a great Board of Directors who give their time unselfishly without any financial gain.

We commend them and God bless you for the work you do for your shareholders.

On Friday evening we attended the annual tree lighting on Beach 116 Street. Many people braved the cold and strong winds from the ocean and bay. The choir of the Rockaway Repertory Company was just amazing and stupendous.

Once again Steve Good of the Rockaway’s own Beach club and the Sunset Diner provided everyone with hot chocolate and beautiful, delicious holiday cookies. When you go into the Beach Club or Sunset Diner say thank you. They always support our community. We must remember to support them.

It has come to our attention that many handicapped residents of our community with parking permits cannot get to the stores on Beach 116 Street. Prior to the new reconfiguration, those who had a special handicapped permit were allowed to park near the curb where you and I could not park. Now its first come, first served for everyone. It is quite a distance from the municipal parking lot where they relocated handicapped parking. We are hoping that DOT can make provision for handicapped parking on both blocks of Beach 116 Street.

  It is great to see Maria, owner of Breezy Point Dog, the lady who has the hot dog truck on Rockaway Point Boulevard near Fort Tilden. This lady always donates back to the community. Now is the time to help her pay her bills and have money to help our community. She is selling Christmas trees in Waldbaum’s shopping center adjacent to my office. Support her.

If you have any problem or question where I could be of assistance, don’t hesitate to call.

Our next trip to Atlantic City will be on Saturday January 14. We leave at 5:30 PM and return at 8 AM. The cost is $33 with $25 returned. Call (718) 945-1216 for reservations. 

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