2006-09-22 / Columnists

Simon says...

From the Desk of Lew M. Simon, Democratic District Leader, 23

Lew M. Simon
Lew M. Simon

rd A.D. Part B

It's that time of year. The Good Government Regular Democratic Club is holding our 19th Annual dinner Dance on Thursday November 16 from 7 p.m. to midnight at El Caribe, Brooklyn's finest catering hall located at 5945 Strickland Avenue.

The 2006 distinguished honorees are Edward Watt, Treasurer Local 100, Transport Workers Union of America; John O'Connell, Queens Business Agent, Steamfitters Local 638 U.A.; Anthony Allia, Region 3 and 5, Representative for High Schools; Sister Francis Marie, Principal of St. Stanislaus, Bishop and Martyr School; Hank Iori, Educational Specialist and Community Leader; Marina Callaghan, Education Program Coordinator of the Rockaway Artists Alliance and Co-Director of Camp KidSmart; Janice (Twozie) Selleck, Breezy Point Community and Church Leader; Margaret Wagner, Executive Director of the Athletic Club of Broad Channel; and Arthur (A.J.) Smith Esq., Treasurer of the Breezy Point Co-operative and Community Leader.

Tickets are $75 per person/$1,200 Table of 16. Glatt Kosher food is available. Please make check payable to the Good Government Regular Democratic Club, 112-20 Beach Channel Drive, Rockaway Park, NY 11694. For information call (718) 945-1216. RSVP by October 10. Ads are available for our commemorative dinner journal.

We received a call that on September 7 the separate entrance for Channel View Academy at Beach Channel High School was not going to be opened. Instead all students of both schools would have to go through the Beach Channel entrance. After one call to Chief Nelson of School Security the problem was immediately rectified. Ray Garcia, Director of School Safety, took the job on and the scanner was put in place immediately. Please never hesitate to call our office. We are here to help you.

In our office our computer printer had a malfunction and needed to be fixed. We immediately reached out to Barney Cassidy of Shamrock Computer, who is one of the Board members of Breezy Point Co-op. He sent a technician and corrected the problem within a half hour. The technician left me with a bill. After making one phone call to Barney asking him how to make out the check, he said forget it. Next time you see me buy me a 50/50. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I will always recommend you and send you business.

We'd like to welcome Shirley Huntley who won the Democratic nomination for the State Senate in the 10th Senate District which takes in Broad Channel as well as parts of Lindenwood in Howard Beach, and other parts of Queens. What a difference. She is a lady of class, education and good upbringing. We look forward to working closely with her on behalf of our constituents.

We'd also like to congratulate all of the candidates who won nomination on Tuesday. They include Eliot Spitzer for Governor and David Patterson for Lt. Governor, Hillary Clinton for U. S. Senator, Andrew Cuomo for Attorney General, Alan Hevesi for Comptroller, State Senator Malcolm Smith, Assemblywomen Audrey Pheffer and Michele Titus and Congressmen Anthony Weiner and Gregory Meeks. We also congratulate John Sabini, a former County Leader, who won re-nomination in the 13th Senate District and Rory Lancman in the 25th Assembly District.

Friday morning history was made in Queens County Democratic politics. After 20 years of outstanding leadership by the late Congressman Tom Manton, the great Acting Chairperson, first Vice Chairperson Dora Young decided not to seek the position permanently. On Friday morning she put Congressman Joe Crowley in nomination for Chair. I was proud and honored to second the nomination of this outstanding Congressman. He is a wonderful leader and is loving, compassionate, and tireless. He is a man who I feel will one day be in the White House. He is a great father and a wonderful singer. He is a personal friend, mentor and confidante. We know he will definitely fill the shoes left behind by Congressman Tom Manton.

Joe made a very humble speech and made a commitment to his Queens County Democratic constituents that he would work very hard to continue the great things our former great leader did for us. It was a unanimous vote of confidence for our new County Leader. Congratulations Joe.

A very interesting thing happened then. Our great Assemblywoman, Audrey Pheffer, was chosen as Second Vice Chair. This should bring more clout to our district. We hope one day she will be the next Borough President.

September 11 was a solemn day for all. Many people watched on TV or were actually at Ground Zero for a memorial service. People's hearts remain broken with tears of sadness and grief. We must all continue to work to see that all the fire, police, first responders and volunteers who were at Ground zero and are now sick with respiratory problems or will become in the future receive benefits and health care as needed.

On that solemn day we attended a 9/11 memorial in Roxbury. They unveiled their new memorial that was the brainchild and crafted by our local artist, Patrick Clark. During this event Father Jack gave a beautiful sermon that brought tears to your eyes and warmed your heart. What a dynamic speaker and loving individual he is. We followed up by going to St. Francis de Sales. They have a Park of Remembrance across the street from the church where we had a candle lighting ceremony and prayed together.

Our next Atlantic City trip will be on Saturday October 21. We leave at 5:30 p.m. and return at 8 a.m. The cost is $35 with $25 returned. Bagels and cream cheese are served and new movies are shown on the bus.

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