2008-12-12 / Letters

A Fighter for the Community

Dear Editor, Following the recent election of current City Councilman Joseph Addabbo to the State Senate, there has been a scramble by many people to announce their candidacy for Addabbo's seat, which will be filled in February. This has produced a crowded field of candidates of which the best and only plausible is Democratic District Leader Lew Simon.

For years he has fought for our community, whether it involved procuring wheelchairs for the elderly and disabled, helping resolve neighborhood problems, or, most recently, his fervent opposition to the M.T.A. proposal to charge the people of Rockaway to use the Cross Bay Bridge.

He is a true public servant and gentleman, selflessly operating his Rockaway office out of his own pocket, holding meetings and informing the people of Rockaway of important matters. For years he has been a presence in the community, so much so that Rockaway and Lew Simon are almost synonymous. Despite repeated efforts to destroy him and derail his campaign - many conducted by this newspaper - he has become a thriving political entity in this area.

His opponents Eric Ulrich, Frank Gulluscio, Geraldine Chapey and Glenn DiResto simply don't measure up. DiResto should not even be allowed to run because he lives in Arverne By The Sea, which is not part of the council district. Chapey is guilty of corrupt activities pertaining to the operation of her van service. Ulrich, at the age of 23, is simply too inexperienced and is a republican, which after these last eight years should practically be a scarlet letter. Gulluscio is completely out of touch with the needs of peninsula residents and most of us don't even know who he is.

In February, make the right choice and vote for Lew Simon, a tried and true fighter and friend of Rockaway.

JOSEPH O'MALLEY

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