2008-08-22 / 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 Tuesday, August 5 we started by attending the 100 Precinct Night Out Against Crime. Congratulations to Daniel Ruscillo, president of the 100th Precinct Community Council and his outstanding committee that made their event the number one in the city. Due to their hard work and diligence there were over 100,000 people on the boardwalk to see the fireworks that night.

My main bone of contention these days is the cleanup of the Manufactured Gas Plant (MGP) on Beach 108 Street. As I constantly voice my opinion, I constantly get more and more information. At one time there was an overpass for delivering coal to the plant and an underground tunnel to the bay.

We became aware of an MGP site in Bay Shore where the DEC is currently chemically treating the toxic waste. This process chemically treats soil and removes toxic materials. If it is good enough for Bay Shore, why not the Rockaways.

Once they clean the site it could be used for windmills to produce electricity. It would give back to residents of Rockaway, Broad Channel and Breezy Point electricity at a discount to repay us for all the years of leaving their pollution in our soil. We should negotiate a community service agreement.

All our elected officials should work together in unity because in unity there is strength. It is time to put the swords down to help our community get what it deserves.

We would like to congratulate Geraldine M. Chapey on her 8-year appointment to the Workers' Compensation Board. Her job will be making decisions and reviewing cases. She was approved by the NYS Senate on Friday, August 15. We wish her great success in her new career.

Your membership in the Good Government Regular Democratic Club is welcomed. Dues are $25 for a family, $18 single and $12 for seniors and Young Democrats. Send your check to the Democratic Club at 112- 20 Beach Channel Drive, Rockaway Park 11694.

If you will be away on Election Day, Tuesday, November 4, you can get an absentee ballot. Call Inga at the Board of Elections at 718-730-6766. Don't miss your vote in this election.

Radio talk show host Michael Savage recently made disgusting and vile remarks about autistic children. He stated autism is just another way to label brats. From his comments we gather there is no such thing as autism and children needed to be disciplined not helped.

As an uncle of an autistic niece, age 14, I have observed my sister and brother-in-law as well as other nieces and nephews, and the impact on the family. Just to tell one story, my niece, who was 9-years-old at the time, managed to climb on a chair to get keys to open a door locked from the inside on a Sunday morning at about 6 a.m. and walk out of the house. She walked about 20 blocks in her nightgown to a

busy highway where police officers found her. Thank God, she knew where she lived. The incident caused my sister to have a heart attack at the age of 39. Some autistic children do not speak.. Some can become violent at times. Any child who has this disability has to

be constantly watched. I personally feel that Michael Savage should have to spend 10,000 hours in a school for autistic children and face what parents face each and every day.

My dear friend Flo has an autistic grandson who cannot speak. Flo spent days and nights with him while his parents worked. She said he is not a brat, is very loving and understands everything.

We are aware that some of Michael Savage's sponsors have pulled out. We wish they would pull the plug on his show completely. We urge everyone to call or go online to WOR to tell them about Michael Savage.

We attended a meeting in support of the Peninsula Hospital nurses who voted to leave the NYS Nurses Association and to join local 1199 SEIU where they will be able to get pension and medical benefits on retirement. We urge all the nurses to send letters to the NYS Nurses Association telling them it is time to let them go.

It is time now that we encourage the oil companies to begin exploring for oil in the millions of acres that have already been approved for undersea drilling. They should sell the oil at the cost of production, with a reasonable profit, so we can afford to heat our homes and gas our cars.

God bless Shirley Huntley, a lady of class, stature, knowledge and ability. She is a senator who has kept her promises and delivered a $100,000 grant for the Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department and other local organizations. Senator Huntley, in a few short years, has done more than her predecessor in over a decade. We urge all Broad Channel residents to get involved and volunteer by calling our office at 945-1216, as well making sure to cast their votes for Senator Huntley on Primary Day, September 9.

A recent Wave article concerned problems at a local restaurant. Rockaway is truly blessed with an alternative. The Last Stop Gourmet Shop is located next to the Beach 116 Street subway station. It is owned by three of the cooks from the Beach Club, Carlos, Mario and Lupe. The restaurant is kept neat and clean at all times. All food is made fresh and made in a timely fashion. The wait staff, Candace, Chrissy, Jen, Melanie, Christine and Ryan, etc. are polite, helpful and on the ball. The food is out of this world. The delicious meals are what we enjoyed at the Beach Club. Although it does not have the ambience of a fine gourmet restaurant, you won't be sorry you stopped in and ate dinner.

We would like to thank Candido, cashier at Waldbaum's, and my good friend Andy McGee for assistance when the door at my office was damaged.

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