2007-12-07 / Letters

Lew Simon to the Rescue

Dear Editor,

I am writing this letter to let you know how Lew Simon came to my rescue after all my complaints fell on deaf ears. The back of my house on Beach 149 Street abuts the property of the abandoned Neponsit Hospital. One morning I saw them erecting an eight-foot chain link fence replete with coils of razor wire on top of it… I suddenly felt I had San Quentin as my neighbor. It is horrible looking, beyond words.

I complained to the workers and anyone who would listen, to no avail. I then called Lew Simon, who said he would look into it. The next day, he called to arrange a meeting at my house, with the affected neighbors and people from Health and Hospitals, and he assured me that the situation would be resolved. Sure enough, the following week the meeting took place; in attendance were officials of Health and Hospitals, the contractors that installed the fence, Lew Simon of course, Audrey Pheffer, officials of the Neponsit Property Owners Association and our neighbors.

The upshot of the meeting was that the fence is needed to protect hospitals from vandals, but the razor wire will be removed and options were given to make the fence more visually appealing. They apologized for not having consulted the affected people and agreed that the razor wire fence was definitely overkill.

Lew called to let me know the remedial work will start next week.

JOSE & ARLENE FERNANDEZ

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