2009-02-20 / Letters

Endorsing Lew Simon

Dear Editor,

It's a bird; it's a plane … no, it's District Leader Lew Simon to the rescue. Whenever a problem arises in the community, you don't have to look for Lew - He'll find you. This "Super man" almost seems ubiquitous. Rumor has it that on any given day he's been spotted simultaneously in Breezy Point, Belle Harbor and Neponsit. And, if days are no good for you, you can find Lew in Waldbaum's after hours with his dedicated assistant, Johanna Mazza, at his side. (He's not a 9-5 king of guy). Like an ancient marketplace, Waldbaum's is a meeting place for an exchange of ideas. Lew listens to the customers' problems and seem to create an agenda based on the concern of the people. Believe me; if it's only pignoli you're looking for, he'll locate that exotic edible for you, too!

And I suppose this endorsement of Lew Simon was inspired by out latenight chats with him at Waldbaum's. My friend Judy and I leave the store each time convinced that great human beings like Lew are invariably great politicians. Lew Simon takes his job title literally. A community activist needs to be active in the community, and so he is. He's not a pencil-pushing politician or indifferent desk-jockey. Lew is a pavement-pounding phenomenon. With an omnivorous interest in anything and everything that constitutes a safe, progressive and happy community, Lew has become our hero - the People's Politician. He's worked hard to save schools, remove tolls and repair our boardwalks. Everyone seems to have a story to tell about Lew Simon.

For example, it was Friday, May 30, 2008. Parents and staff had assembled outside PS/MS 114 to protest the mayor's decision to withhold $450 million from public schools. Suddenly, and unsolicited, Lew appeared. With his bullhorn blaring, he organized the protestors and publicized our cause to a wider audience - just another story for which Lew provided a happy ending.

Ideally, a community representative must truly represent the voice of the people. To be this "voice," he must listen to the people. Lew Simon's omnipresence doesn't simply demonstrate

his active engagement in community affairs, but also that he's truly, intelligently and sympathetically listening to us - and, he'll go that extra mile to fight for our needs, and defend out core concerns.

Lew Simon may not be able to, "leap tall buildings in a single bound," but when there's trouble in the air, Lew will be there. Lew Simon is our unequivocal choice for City Council.
JOAN DIEHL
JUDY DAVIDSON

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