2006-11-03 / Columnists

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

Lew M. Simon
Lew M. Simon Once again it's time for all good registered voters to do their civic duty. Election Day is Tuesday November 7. Polls are open 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. We urge everyone not to take things for granted and cast their vote.

We urge everyone to cast their vote for Hillary Clinton for U.S. Senator, Eliot Spitzer for Governor and David Patterson for Lt. Governor, Attorney General and Comptroller.

We have a major problem with Alan Hevesi, the candidate for reelection as Comptroller.

His rules are his own.

You may remember that Alan Hevesi challenged Elizabeth Holtzman for the Democratic nomination for NYC Comptroller in 1993.

He made a big issue about a loan Holtzman took from a bank that did business with the city.

Now he used taxpayer dollars to pay a staff member to drive and protect his wife. He used the excuse that there were threats against his wife. He offered to pay $83,000, although he never kept records to show how much he really owed. He refuses to resign. He thinks he's better than anyone else.

He made it his business to speak out against the re-opening of the old Rockaway Beach line, falsely claiming that the money had already been used for the Airtrain. We urge you not to vote for him.

For New York State Senator in Senate District 14 support our dear friend Malcolm Smith, the newly elected Senate Minority Leader, who we hope will become the Majority Leader after the election. In the 10th District Shirley Huntley is a breath of fresh air who is educated and politically savvy.

She is a former Community School Board President and civic leader. Borough President Helen Marshall appointed her as her representative on the Community Educational Council.

Huntley made a commitment to the residents of Broad Channel to assist the Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department and Ambulance Corps, the Broad Channel Athletic Club and the Golden Age Club of Broad Channel.

She also will fight to help Broad Channel get its own civic center.

In addition, Huntley has pledged to treat all parts of her district equally. She will make the time to personally speak to and respond to her constituents.

Her personal decency, honesty and integrity are very different from the current Senator.

On Thursday, October 19, I had the proud pleasure of hosting a Town Hall meeting in the VFW Hall in Broad Channel for the purpose of reintroducing Huntley. She even picked up the support of Republican District leader Ed O'Hare who is a great friend and advocate for the residents of Broad Channel and the 23rd A.D.

Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer has done a fantastic job for the 23rd A.D. We must keep her there to continue to fight for us and to improve the quality of life in our district. It is very important that we cast our vote and be counted.

Dan Roth, the new NYC Department of Transportation urban planner, is overseeing the future development of Shorefront Parkway and other major roads in Rockaway.

Call him at (718) 391-2713.

Tell him we need two lanes on SFP, not striping and other artwork.

Our next Atlantic City bus trip will be on Saturday November 18. We leave at 5:30 PM and return at 8 a.m. The cost is $35 with $25 returned. Bagels and cream cheese by Beach Bagels. Call (718) 945-1216 now for reservations.

We look forward to seeing all of you at the 19th Annual Dinner Dance of the Good Government Regular Democratic Club on Thursday November 16 from 7 p.m. to midnight at the El Caribe Catering hall, 5945 Strickland Avenue, Mill Basin Brooklyn.

Our 2006 distinguished honorees John O'Connell, Edward Watt, Anthony Allia, Sister Francis Marie, Hank Iori, Marina Callaghan, Janice (Twozie) Selleck, Margaret Wagner and Arthur (A.J.) Smith Esq. are outstanding members of our community. The cost of tickets is $75 per person or $1,200 for a table of 16. Glatt kosher food is available. Send your check payable to the Good Government Regular Democratic Club to 112-20 Beach Channel Drive, Rockaway Park NY 11694.

Please RSVP by November 6. Call (718) 945-1216 for further information.

We would like to thank our dinner co-chairs Barbara Reiche and Lorraine Shiel, the many committee members and journal chair John Socha for their outstanding work. we hope that you can help us by purchasing a ticket or two or sending a donation.

Our Democratic club is not eligible to receive any city, state or federal funds. Our office works to assist all.

We never discriminate by party, boundary line, race, religion or sex.

Our phone bills and office rent are killers. I do not receive any financial compensation and the volunteers who assist me are not paid.

If you would like to volunteer to attend community meetings, make phone calls, do computer work etc. call the office.

At the present time the five-ton heating and cooling unit on our office roof needs replacement. We have been appealing to our great community for somebody to step forward financially or mechanically to assist us. Seven thousand dollars is an astronomical figure. It's getting cold. Please have a heart and send a check for $1.00 or the full amount. Your donation will be graciously accepted and we bless you from the bottom of our heart.

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