2009-05-29 / Columnists

Simon says...

Commentary From the Desk of Lew M. Simon, Democratic District Leader, 23rd A.D. Part B

Lew M. Simon Lew M. Simon It is with great difficulty that I am announcing that I will not be seeking the nomination for City Council in the September primary. After long consideration after my loss in the special election, I asked people to assist me financially and found it quite difficult to depend on some of the people who had given already.

Tough economic times played into my decision. So many hundreds of people have come up to me and offered their time and support, but unfortunately that was not what I needed at this time. I am definitely proud of my showing in the special election.

For the good of the Democratic party and the importance of so many issues that affect the district, especially the Rockaway peninsula, I will be throwing my support behind Democratic District Leader Frank Gulluscio. It is very important to have a great Democrat in the seat, since the makeup of the City Council is 48 Democrats and three Republicans. It is better to have the clout and power to bring the bacon home with much needed funding. The newly elected Republican councilman is too young, too inexperienced and shoots his mouth off without doing research.

We are urging all registered Democrats in the 32nd Council District who want to volunteer to call me. We will need petition carriers to put the Democratic candidates on the ballot.

We, at the Good Government Regular Democratic Club, are very proud to announce that our counsel, Jodi Orlow Mackoff, has been placed in nomination for Judge of the Civil Court. Jodi has served as my club counsel and personal counsel for the last ten years. She has been an outstanding friend, community activist, leader, trial attorney, loving wife and mother, a person of great integrity and a person with great understanding of the law.

Jodi has been a trial attorney, predominately in the Queens courts, for 19 years. She constantly provides pro bono legal work for the community as well as working as an arbitrator for attorney fee disputes. I know in my heart that the Queens Democratic organization and the residents of Queens County will have an outstanding judge in Jodi. We are extremely proud of her and she will make one of the finest members of the bench,

We are exceptionally proud and happy to have played such a big part in the elimination of the Crossbay

Bridge toll for the residents of Rockaway, Broad Channel and Breezy Point. As we promised during our campaign for City Council, we fought until we won. We will not rest until it is removed for all Queens residents.

In light of the fact that we are not running and all the work we have tried to do, we are asking for your cooperation in becoming a member of the Good Government Regular Democratic Club. We need your membership to keep our office open to serve our community. Now is the chance to show if you really believe in us. It is nice to hear the praise, but we really need the money to keep our office and phones open.

Being the pit bull that I am, I have been after the DOT on the safety of the cleanup of the Manufactured Gas Plant site on Beach 108 Street and Beach Channel Drive. After numerous calls as seen in the picture, the NYC Police Department Truck Enforcement Unit is doing an excellent job in stopping the overweight trucks from crossing the Marine Parkway Bridge, sneaking around to use the Crossbay Bridge as well as using the Verrazano Bridge without a permit.

I'd like to thank Gerard Lewis, Traffic Supervisor of Unit II. They weigh and measure trucks to ensure their safety.

We don't need a collapse of one of the major entry points to our peninsula. We will stay vigilant on this issue and we have been told that the Truck Enforcement Unit will stay on this case.

We had a tremendous showing of over 500 on line to get information about positions with Local 79 Mason Tenders. They are signing up applicants on Tuesday, June 2 and Wednesday, June 3 from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at 42-53 21st Street corner 43rd Avenue in Long Island City. Go there to fill out your application.

We need volunteers to do typing on our computer. Call my office if you are available to help your community.

We are deeply saddened by the death of three outstanding individuals. Alexandra (Lally) Davis, president of the Philip Port Unit of the American Cancer Society, lived for life. She was constantly working morning, noon and night raising funds to find a cure for cancer.

Lally was like a mom to me always there throughout my trials and tribulations during the death of my dad and mom. Lally always advocated improving the quality of life in our community. She was a loving mother and grandmother who devoted the last 50 years of her life to raising millions of dollars for the American Cancer Society. The loss of Lally leaves a hole and a void in so many of our hearts.

We would like for all those who agreed with Lally that there needs to be a cure for cancer to send a contribution to the Philip Port Unit, care of Nan Knebel, 127-17 Beach Channel Drive, Belle Harbor 11694.

My deepest sympathy to Lally's wonderful family; her sons Frank and Lawrence, her daughter Vicky and her grandchildren. Lally was so proud and happy to talk about them.

Guy Mainieri, who passed away after a long battle with cancer, was a loving husband and father, a gentleman and a scholar. He was in remission and unfortunately had a setback. His love of family was showing when he came to pick up his son, who worked at Waldbaum's, every night. Guy and his wife, Colleen, spent long hours helping to improve the quality of life in our community. Guy showed his love for his mother, Marian, by always being there. My deepest sympathy goes out to the family.

We are also deeply saddened by the loss of Stanley Amster, someone whom I knew all my life. His son and I went to elementary school together. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. My deepest sympathy to all the families.

Our next Atlantic City bus trip will be on Saturday, June 27. We leave at 5:30 p.m. and return at 7:30 a.m. Hold the date. Details will be forthcoming.

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