2009-02-20 / Top Stories

Simon Urges Voters To Vote On February 24

There are only a few days left until the special election. I'd like to thank everyone who signed a petition to get my name on the ballot. We filed 3,996 signatures, the highest number in the district. Eleven hundred valid signatures were required. No objections were filed against my petitions.

As the only candidate with a proven track record of success, I am a man who works 25 hours a day and eight days a week. I eat, sleep and think about all I can do to put the Rockaways on the map after 50 years of being dumped on. It is time to elect a Rockaway candidate who will do the right thing for us.

We have many major priorities that need immediate attention. 1. TRANSPORTATION- We will continue to lead the fight to reactivate the old Rockaway Beach line of the LIRR. We demand that express buses to Manhattan run seven days a week from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. We will demand that the city maintain and subsidize the Rockaway ferry. 2. EDUCATION- We will secure funding to build much needed schools. We will make sure that Rockaway has a quality high school. 3. LIFEGUARDS SHOULD BE ON Rockaway beaches from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tests for lifeguards should be monitored and timed. Our boardwalk and ramps must be repaired. Ramps for people with disabilities must be added. 4. SENIOR CENTERS must be kept open and MEALS ON WHEELS must continue to deliver a hot meal daily. I am committed to ensuring that centers for seniors and the disabled in our community remain open and expand where needed. I assisted the Seaside Hammel Center to reopen and helped to remove red tape so that the Rockaway Park center could reopen at Surfside.

On February 25 we expect to hit the ground running and immediately move for better transportation.

This past summer blessed Trinity Parish and Msgr. Curran presented me with a plaque for my service to the community and their annual Parish show. For many years I have made myself available to community groups whenever I have been asked to help.

In March 1991, I was Deputy Grand Marshal of the Queens St. Patrick's Day Parade. In March 2000 I was Honorary Grand Marshal. Since 1972 I have been an active fundraiser for the Queens County American Cancer Society. I have been serving as Senate Majority Leader Malcolm Smith's community liaison.

When the phone rings I say, "How may I help you?" never asking what party you are enrolled in or where you live. We have made our life public service. We like what we do and are honored to do it. You will always have my commitment that funding will always be put into the Rockaway community.

Please remember to vote for me on TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 24.

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