2009-04-03 / Columnists

Simon Says...

We would like to thank all the Rockaway, Broad Channel and Breezy Point voters who voted overwhelmingly for me for City Council. I'd like to thank you from the bottom of my heart. We would like to invite you to become a member of the only active Democratic club on the peninsula. Get involved on the issues that affect us.

Membership dues are $25 for a family, $18 single and $12 for seniors and Young Democrats. Send your check to the Good Government Regular Democratic Club, 112-20 Beach Channel Drive, Rockaway Park NY 11694.

I'd like to give a special thanks to my great friend Bernie Feuer who has been a friend and wonderful supporter for over 25 years. He is always there to lend a hand to prepare much needed campaign literature and to discuss the issues. Thank you for always being there and making a difference. Due to a clerical error we misspelled the name of Terri Haubrick who gave long hours and tireless support during the campaign.

Now let's talk about some very important issues that affect our community. A proposal for a liquid natural gas island 15 miles off the shore of Rockaway in the Atlantic Ocean is horrendous and unacceptable. It would be a potential site for terrorism and a major accident in the making. An accident on this site can blow up the entire peninsula and make us nonexistent.

The importation of natural gas would have no effect on the cost of gasoline for our cars or heating oil. There is an overabundance of natural gas on our continent. Governor David Paterson has the power to veto this application. The governor's New York City office number is 212-681-4580. Tell him we are not going to accept this.

We urge everyone to work together as a team to call our state legislators to tell them to protect us by keeping the rebate program for the Crossbay Bridge toll. Since January 1, 1998 the toll has been lifted for the residents of Broad Channel, Rockaway and Breezy Point. At no time should this toll ever be put back on and eventually it should be taken off for all Queens residents.

We are hoping that in the next week or so the state legislature gets rid of the MTA's doomsday proposal for $2.50 subway fares, $3.50 tolls on the Crossbay and Marine Park bridges and $6.00 for Access-A-Ride. The legislature and governor must agree on a plan to stop the increase in fares and tolls and keep our rebate program intact. Enough is enough.

As the seasons change we see heavy dump trucks from the Parks Department traveling on our boardwalk. They should be using 4 wheel quads on the sand. The boardwalk was not built to take this weight and it is unacceptable to use these trucks there. The police department should be using quads, scooters and bicycles on the boardwalk. We must see that the Parks Department makes all necessary repairs on the boardwalk and enforces rules that would keep it in good condition.

Since the beginning of November, I tried diligently to obtain Time Warner cable in my home. Much to my chagrin it was months of hell. Approximately November 14, I received a call asking me if I would like to install cable in my home. They offered me Time Warner cable for $29.99 a month for one year with an option of a second year at the same price. I would get 6 months free DVR and free premium stations.

During months of back and forth conversation telling me that my house exists, but my apartment does not, I told them that I lived there for 28 years and my neighbors had cable. On March 11, I received a call that installation would be on Friday, March 20. There were a number of hitches; the price now was $39.99, not $29.99, they did not program my VCR correctly and they did not bring a High Def box. They returned on Wednesday, March 25 without an HD box but got my VCR working.

George Lopez returned my call of complaint. He sent technicians back with the HD box. Now they told me they could not program the VCR but needed a DVR. The DVR was no longer free for 6 months and would cost $10.99 per month. Mr. George Lopez said my monthly bill would be $71.99 a month. Using four letter words was not an option as the call was recorded. Mr. Lopez said he couldn't go back into the system to change the code back to $39.99 per month but would refer it to his supervisor.

The supervisor told me they would apply a credit to my bill and make the charge $39.99 per month. They would work on getting me the HD box. I also asked for written proof of the offer so that I would have a leg to stand on when it was time to renew the yearly contract.

Basically this was a bait and switch scheme. I'm wondering how many other people have had a similar experience. It is absolutely unacceptable and I will continue to fight for my rights. Time Warner has been known for these practices and we are going to put an end to them. For shame on TW Cable. Due to the fact that FIOS is not up in Rockaway Park and Belle Harbor, they think they have us trapped. We will keep you updated on our efforts.

Friday evening we had a great time volunteering at the St. Francis Home Pregna nt? School As soci ation c ar d party. We once again did the 50-50s. Four hundred beautiful women were in attendance. DJ Teddy Rauert played great music. Everyone enjoyed dancing. I had to dance for the money. We had a great time as usual. Thank you for allowing me to help.

We are deeply saddened by the death of Paula King who worked in Waldbaum's as a front end manager. She was someone I grew up with and was a wonderful person. Her husband died a few years ago at a young age. Recently Paula was diagnosed with brain cancer. My heart is saddened. I send my condolences to her son and brother. Waldbaum's will not be the same without her smiling face. We know she will be a special angel in God's kingdom.

We have switched our Atlantic City trip to Taj Mahal on the boardwalk. The cost is $40 with $30 returned. Atlantic City rules are now that the $30 coupon must be used for gambling only. Our next trip is Saturday, April 18. We leave at 5:30 p.m. and return at 7 a.m. with eight hours to enjoy.

The U. S. government is starting to hire thousands of people 18-years-ofage or older to work on the 2010 census. Jobs include doing clerical work or computer work in the office or working in the field. Promotions to supervisor are based on ability and performance. Some people are offered permanent jobs. Jobs are available in Rockaway and southern Queens. Representatives of the U.S. Census will be at the Good Government Regular Democratic Club, 112-20 Beach Channel Drive, on April 16 at 7:30 p.m. to explain their program and distribute applications.

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