2008-01-11 / 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 We wish you and your family a happy, healthy New Year. May 2008 bring peace on earth, happiness and wealth for all.

If you think that you are the only one having trouble with the Post Office, think again. Sometimes we think we have been personally targeted, especially when my office and home mail get stamped Return to Sender, Attempted-Not Known, Unable to Forward.

Since 1999 my office has been located at the Good Government Regular Democratic Club, 112-20 Beach Channel Drive. I have been living at the same home address with my own mail box since 1983. I consider myself to be one of the most recognizable residents of the Rockaways. We don't feel we still need to wear the 6 foot button I wore during earlier campaigns. We are aware that many new residents have moved onto the peninsula, but we make it our business to be known.

Last week I went into the Rockaway Park Post Office (11694) and spoke with a supervisor. All mail carriers present stated that everyone knows me, but when my regular home mailperson is not on duty, my mail is not delivered. My office mail gets stamped Return to Sender or I get mail for Dr. Simon, the foot doctor, Belle Harbor Travel, Allstate, Remax or personal mail from anywhere in the Rockaways.

What is going on? The condition of the Rockaway Park Post Office is disgraceful. There are broken tiles on the floor. They have never replaced the doors designed for people who use motorized scooters or wheelchairs. A couple of years ago, Postmaster Buonocore promised to install automatic doors. This is done in Florida and Alaska, but not in Rockaway Park.

I have noticed dumpsters in the back of the Post Office loaded with mail belonging to Rockaway residents I know. The supervisor asked what I was doing looking in the dumpster. Each day when I take a short cut from my office I walk in back of the Post Office. On many occasions I notice the dumpster containing mail. I have personally brought some mail to people.

Maybe we need to empty the dumpster every night and take pictures for The WAVE. Some is regular mail and some is bulk rate mail. Some items do not have apartment numbers on them. Does that give the Post Office the right to dump them? We are demanding that postal inspectors check this situation. Our office has been inundated with calls because of missing mail. We need to work together as a team to correct this lack of proper service.

On many occasions the mailbox outside the Rockaway Park Post Office is loaded and anyone walking by can reach in and steal mail. There is a desperate need for additional mailboxes outside the Post Office.

Congratulations to Rockaway's own Mary Lu Plunkett who for over 50 years has served the Queens Democratic Organization. She is always available for anybody in need of assistance. When you call Democratic headquarters you always get that beautiful, helpful voice, our own Mary Lu. With her beautiful smile, kindness, wisdom and knowledge, she helpful at all times, telling people where they can register to vote, how to contact their elected officials, where the nearest Democratic club is located, helping to bring out the Democratic vote and advocating for all the democratic principles that make our country great.

On Thursday, January 31 at 6 p.m. this heroic pioneer will be honored at Antun's in Queens Village. Tickets are $300 per person. If you are interested in attending you can reach Democratic headquarters at 718 268-5100. Congratulations, Mary Lu. We love you.

As we write before the New Hampshire primary, we predict that some of the Republican candidates will drop out before Super Tuesday on February 5. We feel that the top three Democratic candidates - Clinton, Obama and Edwards - will still be running. We expect that Dennis Kucinich will still be campaigning to carry a message on the issues.

We have spoken to many voters and have found the youth voting for Obama. Some of the best educated people are also planning to vote for Obama. Many African American voters have stated their support for Hillary Clinton. Some Irish Catholics like Hillary Clinton. People told us that John Edwards has been carrying the right message about policies to protect the middle class from greedy corporations. Edwards seems to have the knowledge, wisdom and legal experience to take on the corporations that have taken an unfair share of our wealth.

After New Hampshire the candidates will move on to Nevada on January 19, South Carolina on January 26 and Florida on January 29. New York is part of the 22 state Super Tuesday on February 5. Polls in New York will be open for registered Democrats and Republicans only. We can vote only in our own party. Five Democratic delegates are elected in each congressional district in Rockaway. When the votes are counted on the night of February 5, 61.8% of the delegates will have been chosen. We urge all local voters to be part of this historic day. Be sure you are informed and vote in this primary.

We at the Good Government Regular Democratic Club are expecting to hold a candidates forum on Thursday, January 24. We have invited all of the Democratic candidates to send a speaker (or the candidate personally) to speak. Members of the community are invited to ask questions and meet others who are supporting their candidate. Like the voters in Iowa and New Hampshire, we can become part of the action. The meeting will be at 7:30 p.m. at 112-20 Beach Channel Drive.

Our next Atlantic City trip will be on Saturday, January 12. The cost is $35 with $20 returned. We leave at 5:30 p.m. and return at 7:30 a.m. We have 8 hours to enjoy Bally's Claridge. Reservations must be made by calling 718-945-1216.

Harry G's "Doo Wop" Spectacular will be at Beach Channel High School on Saturday, January 26, 2008 at 7 p.m. It stars Kenny Vance & The Planetones, Lenny Cocco & The Chimes, Cleveland Still & The Dubs, Dimensions, Quotations, N.Y.'s Cascades, Joey & The Paradons, Twin Gold, Shades of Soul, and Vito Balsamo's Reunion with Vito & The Salutations.

For Ticket reservations/information call 516-244-3262 or 718-646-5580. Partial proceeds go to the Susan G. Komen Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Guest tickets for the "Doo Wop" will be raffled off at our January 24 meeting, or you can enter by sending a donation of $2 to the GGRDC at 112- 20 Beach Channel Drive, Rockaway Park 11694. Send a donation and we will put it in a box and pull out 25 ticket winners. Make checks payable to the Good Government Regular Democratic Club.

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