2006-09-01 / Columnists

Chatting With Chapey

Chapey and Pheffer Honor Sullivan
by Dr. Geraldine M. Chapey, Democratic District Leader


Dr. Geraldine ChapeyDr. Geraldine Chapey Congratulations to Robert (Bob) Sullivan for receiving the Senior Service Award from the Comptroller of the City of New York - William Thompson, in recognition of his outstanding leadership and community service. Dr. Geraldine Chapey and Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer offered their congratulations to him for his long years of service.

Pheffer gave Sullivan a Certificate of Merit from the New York State Assembly recognizing his achievement. Chapey spoke at the Seaside Community Center and praised Sullivan for his considerable and noteworthy efforts on behalf of our community and seniors in particular. She noted that he is a man for all seasons and a continuous advocate for positive change.

Sullivan currently serves on the Advisory Board of the Seaside Community Center, assisting the center in providing services to local seniors. The center provides breakfast and lunch and sponsors interesting activities. In addition, he serves on the Trinity Services Committee which provides transportation for seniors who live in Southwest Queens. These seniors are geographically isolated and many live alone and are on a fixed income. They look forward to having the Trinity bus transport them to and from their destination.

Sullivan has an outgoing personality and a great sense of humor. He is well organized, focused and makes friends easily.

His warm personal skills and his charisma are strong assets.

Sullivan is a very community minded person, and was elected to the Board of Directors of Dayton Towers. At St. Camillus Church he serves as a Eucharistic Minister; at Peninsula Hospital he works with the Chaplain's office bringing comfort to those who are ill and their families, and worked in the Peninsula Hospital gift shop helping people to select items that will bring cheer to the patients.

Some of Bob's other activities include: past president of the Nassau/ Suffolk Drum Core; past recording secretary of the Little Egg Harbor Yacht Club in Broad Channel; under the auspices of the V.F.W. assisted in directing the Prince Wynn Fife and Drum Core in Broad Channel; worked for R. H. Macy Co.; worked for Dayton Corporation and at St. Francis de Sales. Sullivan is always ready to go to give testimony at City Hall on the needs

of seniors. His presentations are thoughtful and thought provoking. He is a capable and articulate advocate for seniors on many issues including fighting for more funding for Meals on Wheels for homebound seniors. When the need arises Sullivan can be counted on to go the extra mile. It is a pleasure to join with Audrey Pheffer in saluting Sullivan on his receipt of this prestigious award.

Mona Lester (recently deceased) also received the Senior Service Award from the Comptroller. Assemblywoman Pheffer and Dr. Geraldine Chapey also commended her. Lester was an active member of the Seaside Community Center. She was gifted at Arts and Crafts and created beautiful green and white paper flowers for St. Patrick's Day and wonderful pink ones for Mother's Day. These flowers were so popular that they were sold as fund raisers for the Center to extend and enhance the activities.

Our sympathy goes to the family and friends of Lester.

She will long be remembered for her creative talents, her love of dominoes and her love of everyone at the Center and her family. It is a pleasure to work with Assemblywoman Pheffer as together we recognize people of merit among us.

Sullivan and Lester received these prestigious awards for senior services from our New York City Comptroller William Thompson. Thompson is serving his second term in this office. He has spoken at our club - the Regular Democratic Club of the Rockaways- on several occasions.

Thompson told us that he took the office of Comptroller to be an activist who would use his office to find new and unique methods to save the tax monies paid by New Yorkers and find ways to put these resources to work for all New York City residents. Thompson said that he wants to make this city a better place, to create more jobs, to expand access to monies and to increase the efficiency of our city. He works each and every day to see that the working men and women in our city get a fair day's wage for a fair day's work and believes that New Yorkers work every day not just to succeed but to excel.

In this spirit Thompson reaches out to all the groups that make their home in New York City. It is in this spirit of inclusion that he selects outstanding seniors to receive the Senior Service Award. So, Sullivan and Lester have been chosen for their outstanding commitment to their community and their city. I look forward to continuing to work with Assemblywoman Pheffer and New York City Comptroller Thompson to enhance and improve our city.

Please join me on primary day, Tuesday, September 12 and on Election Day, November 7, in voting for Elliot Spitzer for Governor, Andrew Cuomo for Attorney General, Audrey Pheffer for Assembly, Malcolm Smith for Senate and Anthony Weiner for Congress.

The Cuomo's are personal friends of our family. Matilda Cuomo (Andrew's mother) has served as the honorary chairperson of our Trinity Services luncheon each year for the last four years. The Cuomo's have a rich tradition of service to our city, our state and our nation. Andrew Cuomo served as the HUD Secretary in President Clinton's cabinet. He is a capable, hard working and astute individual who will bring a strong commitment of service to the people of New York State as Attorney General.

Please come out and vote on September 12. I look forward to seeing you as I visit the polls.

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