2008-07-11 / Columnists

Simon says...

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

Simon says... Douglas MacNeil P.E., an environmental engineer with the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, told us that a public availability session to answer questions concerning the cleanup of the National Grid site at Beach 108 Street and Beach Channel Drive will be held on Wednesday July 23 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the library at Beach Channel High School.

Democratic District Leader Lew M. Simon urges residents with questions about the safety and traffic impact of the cleanup to attend this meeting.

As we write this column our reelection petition time has finally come to an end. Thank you, God. Once again thanks to the hard work of the only real Democratic club that works for the community, the Good Government Regular Democratic Club.

We have once again secured the highest number of signatures for a single leader club. It is the highest in the borough and maybe in the state. Most Democratic clubs are associated with a male and female district leader.

In our club it is yours truly and the love of dedicated, devoted individuals such as number one petition carrier Johanna Mazza, who once again surpassed herself with over 1,000 valid signatures. I consider this young lady to be my left and right arm. She is always available, never scared of getting her hands dirty or putting up with the nasty and abusive comments of obnoxious non-voters who are not registered Democrats.

This was a unique year with people fed up with the two choices for president of the U.S. There were nasty remarks about Barack and nasty remarks about Hillary. This made it more difficult for several people to deal with the public.

I must personally say a gracious thank you to all the thousands who lined up in Waldbaum's, welcomed us door to door, even providing us with a cold drink, food, use of their facilities and even gifts. Many became members of the Good Government Regular Democratic Club.

We heard beautiful comments of thanks for my diligent hard work and reminders about my help with their problems. Some told stories that brought tears of happiness and sometimes sadness at loss of loved ones in their family. Your continued love and support after 14 years of serving the 23rd A.D. Part B made me feel like a millionaire loved by so many.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for allowing me to continue what I love most in life. This is my life. This is what my calling in life was. Thank you so much for allowing me to continue to serve all. We look forward to the future. We are only one phone call away.

Thank you so much to the Queens County Democratic organization under the leadership of the Honorable Joseph Crowley, Congressman and Queens County Democratic Leader and the outstanding legal staff of Frank Bolz III, Michael Reich and Gerald Sweeney who are always there when called for assistance.

My two favorite ladies make the County special. Mary Lu and Jamie Plunkett make life an everyday easy transition. They are two class acts. Special thanks to Zach Kelly who is always there making a difference. We thank all those who were there to carry our petitions and make a difference.

We are deeply saddened to announce that the RMAC Summer Picnic Concert Series has been cancelled for the season thanks to the low class Gateway National Park Superintendent Lisa Eckert. We wish you a great success in the Grand Canyon. We only hope the rocks in the Grand Canyon don't hit you in the head. We look forward to getting together with all the people you angered during your tenure at Gateway, including staff members of RMAC, RAA, RTC, Alcoholics Anonymous and many others. Good luck, good riddance and good bye.

On the fifth of July there was a great fire works spectacular in the Breezy Point community. The yearly event held the rain away. This grandiose light show in the sky was 20 minutes of beauty. It was great to join the tens of thousands of people stretching through four generations. There was a warm welcome for me and even thanks for coming, which made me feel like a million dollars. Oh, what a night.

We have received many calls about New York State DEC approval of a plan by National Grid to clean the former coal gasification plant site at Beach 108 Street and Beach Channel Drive. We made it clear that the plan to truck out 88,000 cubic yards of toxic dirt off the peninsula will create major traffic jams in our community and is unacceptable.

We are demanding that movement of dirt take place between 9 p.m. and 4 a.m. We have received some suggestions about safer disposal methods and will discuss them shortly.

Our next Atlantic City trip to Bally's will be on Saturday July 19 at 5:30 p.m. We return at 7:30 a.m. Bagels and cream cheese is by Beach Bagels and soda is from Waldbaum's. The cost is $40 with $25 returned. Call 945-1216 for paid reservations.

Your membership in the Good Government Regular Democratic Club is welcomed.

The cost is $25 for a family, $18 single and $12 for seniors and Young Democrats.

Send your check to GGR Democratic Club at 112-20 Beach Channel Drive, Rockaway Park NY 11694. If you are not registered to vote in the presidential election or need an absentee ballot call 945-1216 to make an appointment. It will take only a few minutes.

We are definitely in support of Anthony Diciervo, who was arrested for entering the water. The problem always returns to lack of lifeguards. It is absolutely ridiculous to expect people who are on the beach near their homes to carry ID. Anthony is married and the father of three children. Others were in the water at the time. We feel that the Parks Department singled out Anthony to send our community a message.

This is unacceptable.

We, the residents of the Rockaways, deserve better. In near 100 degree weather we should be able to wet our bodies and cool down. We urge everyone to show support for Anthony and his family.

Congratulations to two outstanding people, Julio and Jeanette Gonzalez, on the birth of their first baby Daniel Julio born Friday, June 27 at 7:26 p.m., weighing 4 lb. 2 oz., who is getting stronger by the day. Julio is assistant to the manager at Rockaway Park Waldbaum's, and his lovely wife Jeanette is head teller at Capital One Bank on Beach 116 Street.

We would like to thank Marion Mainieri for bringing to my attention, the problems of getting the Rockaway Park JASA into their new location.

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