2006-07-14 / Columnists

Simon says...

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

Lew M. Simon
Lew M. Simon

It's over. Thank God. I won't be asking people if they are registered Democrats and tosign my reelection petitions. As usual we brought in the highest number of signatures in the borough of Queens and possibly in the State of New York thanks to the hard work of my family, the Good Government Regular Democratic Club andthe people who we nominate as election inspectors.

We wish to give special thanks to my right and left arm, Johanna Mazza, who got over 900 signatures by going door to door and working at the local supermarkets. Johanna stood steadfast by my side for the full petition process from June 6 to July 5 in the heat, humidity and rain. God bless you.

I will always be there for you.

Thanks to all the other carriers from the Harry Truman Democratic Club, Regular Democratic Club, South Queens Democratic Club and the Queens Democratic Organization headed by our great leader Tom Manton. The Queens County Democratic Organization has two special women who work long hard hours to make sure that our petitions and other necessary papers are filed properly, Rockaway's own Mary Lou and Jamie Plunkett. Thank you very much for all you do. You are the very best. Thanks to the Queens County Organization law team, headed by Frank Bolz, Jerry Sweeney and Mike Reich for always being there to review and defend our right to run for office.

A special thanks to those thousands of registered Democrats who affixed their names to our reelection petitions. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I love what I do. I am happy to do it. I am always available when you need me. You can reach me at (718) 945-1216.

I am quite upset with the New York City Parks Department for using the center median on Beach Channel Drive near my office and Wendy's for growing tall weeds that attract bugs. What a disgrace. Why don't you just cover it over with concrete?

We wish to give a sincere thanks to two loving individuals Nadia and Fire Chief Tom Murphy who you see on any given day at the Tribute Park on Beach 116 Street pruning, weeding, cleaning and keeping the flowers beautiful. A million thank you's for what you do. You are the best. On July 4 evening it was great to see the hundreds of people who enjoyed the fireworks on the bay using Tribute Park.

A couple of months ago, the warranty on my Toyota Camry ran out. I started to reach out for a good company to take my warranty so that my car would be fixed at no charge. After back and forth on line on the computer and with Toyota someone suggested Continental Warranty. They said that it had a great plan.

When I called to order my policy, I was quite interested to find an old friend who helped and sold me my policy. James McFarlane can help anyone whether your car is new or used to obtain an extended warranty. Their prices are amazing. Call James. Tell him Simon Says it. When I needed to use the warranty it stood up to the test.

As many of you are still complaining about not being able to obtain homeowner's and flood insurance, I found that Wayne Ruggiere, a flood and homeowner's expert at Ohlert Ruggiere Inc. in Woodhaven, can obtain coverage for you. Another helpful broker is Howard Honig of Honig Conte Parrino Agency.

I have been observing the traffic on Shorefront Parkway with the new single lane markings. As I predicted people are driving past you in the closed lane. Motorcycles go past on one side and cars go past on the other. After checking what is going on, I visited friends in Dayton and Surfside. I sat on a terrace in Dayton East for three hours, Dayton West for one hour and Surfside for two hours. This traffic pattern is an accident waiting to happen. Why is Rockaway constantly dumped on by the city? Where do they get these morons who make these decisions? The new traffic patterns will inconvenience people who have to make U turns. We also noticed a lot of illegal parking due to the striping. You can help to change this dangerous traffic pattern by calling DOT Commissioner Iris Weinshall at (212) 676-0868. Queens Commissioner Maura McCarthy's phone number is (718) 391-2718.

We need your help to continue doing what we are doing. Your membership dues and contributions keep us open. Membership is $25 for a family, $18 single and $12 for Seniors and Young Dems. Send your check to Good Government Regular Democratic club at 112-20 Beach Channel Drive Rockaway Park 11694.

Our next trip to Atlantic City will be on Saturday July 22. We leave at 5:30 p.m. and return at 8 a.m. The cost is $35 with $25 returned. Bagels and cream cheese by Beach Bagels. Call (718) 945-1216 for reservations.

The buzz on the street about downzoning is hell no. The price of houses is skyrocketing, Neponsit voted down any changes. The people in Belle Harbor are mixed. As we write this column we can't wait for Tuesday's meeting of the Rockaway Beach Civics which we know will be hot and heavy.

Many people have spoken to me and feel they should be allowed to build a McMansion if they want. Rockaway is not that old bungalow colony it once was, I personally wish they were discussing building additional schools, more shopping such as a men's store, children's clothing, a diner, bowling alley and a movie theatre.

On Thursday evening I enjoyed a delicious meal at Rockaway's Pier 92. The food, the ambience of the water and the service was superb. We urge everyone looking for a good reasonable place to eat and dine to check it out. Drinks are available. You can enjoy the catch of the day and a great menu. Try sitting out on the deck that overlooks Jamaica Bay, the Cross Bay Bridge and all the boats. It is the most breathtaking view. Pier 92 is located directly behind McDonald's on Beach Channel Drive and Beach 92 Street.

It is Rockaway's hidden jewel.

Dancing Under the Stars will once again be with us this summer thanks to a grant I secured from Sweet N Low and city funding obtained by Councilman Addabbo.

It will be hosted by Ellen Connelly and the Connelly Dance Centers on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays as follows: Mondays Rockaway Beach at Beach 84 Street next to the Boardwalk, Tuesdays Howard Beach at "Our Lady of Grace Church" 101 St. and 159 Ave. July 11, 18, 25, and Nativity Church 91 Street and Rockaway Boulevard August 8, 15, 22. On August 1 join us for "Night Out Against Crime." Wednesday's dancing will be at Rockaway Beach next to the Boardwalk between Beach 105 Street and Beach 106 Street.

For information call (718) 848-3216.

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