Commentary From the Desk of Lew M.
Simon, Democratic District Leader, 23rd A.D. Part B
This holiday season we attended numerous Christmas and holiday parties. First we attended the Queens County Democratic Organization holiday party at Antun's. We had a fantastic time sitting and talking with the who's who in city, state and national politics. It was great to see our dear friend (and former Congressman) U.S. Senator Charles Schumer. He is always happy, smiling and full of cheer and love. Chuck Schumer is a man who has not forgotten where came from.
The first question Schumer asked me was how I was feeling after my accident. We discussed a litany of issues. I questioned our U.S. Senator as to why he doesn't consider running for President of the United States. He said he loves his job as a United States Senator.
Lt. Governor David Patterson said he would personally invite me to the Albany Inaugural Ball as a guest of the Patterson and Spitzer families. It was great to see our outstanding City comptroller Bill Thompson who has called me numerous times to make sure that I and the other passengers on the bus were OK. He will make a wonderful mayor for our great city. His love, care and concerns are for all. We greeted Public Advocate Betsy Gotbaum, former Borough President Claire Shulman, Borough President Helen Marshall and Congresssmen Anthony Weiner and Gregory Meeks.
Attorney General Andrew Cuomo was asked to sing a number of Christmas songs with our great MC and county leader, the great Congressman Joe Crowley. Joe has the personality of a gentleman, scholar and comedian. God love him. It was great to see newly elected State Senator Shirley Huntley dancing with First Vice Chair Dora Young.
It was a great night to meet and discuss issues that affect our community with a who's who of politicians. I definitely enjoyed speaking to a colleague and mentor District Leader Bob Simmons, who is also Chief of Staff to Congressman Greg Meeks. Simmons has watched me grow up from a child to an adult. He is a wonderful, hardworking and caring individual.
During this season we had a great time at the Breezy Point Coop staff and board Christmas party. I am always welcomed in as part of the family. I had a great time. Thank you for inviting me.
I received numerous calls regarding a rumor that meters would be installed along Shorefront Parkway. I immediately reached out to Dan Ross the DOT planner who is doing a study of Rockaway traffic. He assured me that this was not so and definitely not in the plans. He said that they were doing surveys of traffic and parking patterns. I immediately reached out to the editor of The Wave so he could put an end to the rumors.
Stop listening to rumors. Instead take the time to pick up the phone, 718-391-2713, and tell Ross your opinion of local traffic rules. We find the one lane rule on Shorefront Parkway and parts of Beach Channel Drive, Rockaway Beach Boulevard and the backup of traffic on Edgemere Avenue and Arverne Boulevard particularly wrong. I know first hand that the drive from Far Rockaway to Rockaway Park, which used to take 5-7 minutes, now takes almost a half an hour during daytime hours due to street construction and closure of parts of the Rockaway Freeway. Tell Ross to put