2009-06-26 / Columnists

Simon says...

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

Lew M. Simon Lew M. Simon Rain, rain, go away, do not come another day.

The Good Government Regular Democratic Club will be holding a series of Town Hall meetings to meet the Democratic candidates who will be in the September 15 primary. First in the series will be Public Advocate on Thursday, July 2 at 7 p.m. sharp.

Come one, come all. All are welcome. Learn where the candidates stand on the various issues affecting New York City. A question and answer period will follow. The candidates are City Council member Bill diBlasio of Brooklyn, chair of the General Welfare Committee; Council member Eric Gioia of Queens, chair of the Oversight and Investigations Committee; former Public Advocate Mark Green; and civil liberties attorney Norman Siegel.

Membership in the Good Government Regular Democratic Club is $25. Send your check or bring it to the meeting. We meet at 112-20 Beach Channel Drive opposite the Waldbaum's parking lot. We welcome your membership, but you do not have to be a member to attend.

If you take a walk along the Beach Channel seawall in the west end from Beach 116 Street to Beach 169 Street, you would be amazed by the crumbling seawall in many places and the total abomination of a collapsed sidewalk on Beach 132 Street and Beach 142 Street where the sidewalk is completely collapsed with a drop of six to eight feet.

The problem with repairing that particular area is that some property belongs to the NYC Department of Transportation, some to the State of NY and some to Gateway National Recreation Area. Each denies responsibility for the whole problem and no work gets done.

It is time for the appropriate agencies to meet in one room, determine responsibility and start immediate repairs. This is a major hazard which is deteriorating constantly.

I followed up by calling Maura Mc- Carthy, who is the Queens Commissioner of the Department of Transportation. She told us that she was actually on a boat which inspected the seawall along the bay and found no cracks. They will be meeting with DEP and NYS DEC to determine if there is any undermining of the ground where the streets have collapsed and determine what work is needed. The commissioner promised to keep us abreast of future developments.

Another major abomination is the Rockaway Park Waldbaum's parking lot. Many cars have gotten broken tires, axles, front end damage and lost hubcaps due to the potholes in the front lot and the rear exit driveway. Waldbaum's A&P management said that once the trailers used by the Transit Police are removed there would be a resurfacing of the entire lot.

We sit on the Rockaway District Postal Advisory Council which includes 11691, 11692 11693, 11694, 11096 (Inwood) and 11697. We serve as your eyes and ears when you have troubles and concerns or compliments for our postal service. Feel free to call us at 945-1216 with any concerns.

This past Saturday there was a fundraiser for the Friedman family, Bert and Barbara. Bert received 3rd degree burns in the fire which destroyed their apartment and all the contents. The location was Summer Winds, formerly the Lobster House. The owner donated the beautiful hall, drinks, food, and DJ. Rosemary Sullivan and Rosemary Sullivan Murphy and their fabulous committee did a beautiful job.

Yours truly sold the 50-50s and raised a nice amount of money. Local attorney Keith Andresen, son of Marty Andresen of the Rockaway Little League, donated all the money back to the Friedman family.

If any would like to donate to help the Friedman family, you can drop your check or money order payable to Bert and Barbara Friedman at the Summer Winds Lobster House next to McDonald's.

Once again "Dancing under the Stars" returns to our community on Tuesday evening from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. as of July 7 at the Beach 84 Street Park at Shorefront Parkway and at the VFW Hall on Cross Bay Boulevard in Broad Channel on Wednesday, July 8 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. All are welcome.

This program is provided by a grant that I receive from Sweet'N Low which has sponsored these events for almost 30 years.

Once again we are working closely with Wendy's Restaurant in Rockaway Park to start Proceeds Nights. Any local 501C3 non profit organization including schools, churches, fraternal and charitable organizations may participate. They receive 20 percent of the proceeds at an assigned register from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Rockaway Little League, St. Rose of Lima, St. Camillus, St. Virgilius, First Presbyterian Church, the American Cancer Society and others took advantage of this great program.

For further information, call me.

Our next Atlantic City bus trip will be on Saturday night, June 27. We leave at 5:30 p.m. and return at 7:30 a.m. The cost is $45 with $30 returned. Bagels and cream cheese are provided by Beach Bagels. You have over eight hours to enjoy. Come on the bus with yours truly. Call 945-1216 to see if there are any seats left.

The first concert of the Picnic in the Park series will be held on Sunday evening June 28 at the Riis Park bathhouse at 6:30 p.m. Come after 6 p.m. for free parking. We look forward to seeing everyone at these great events. Bring your family, beach chairs, picnic lunch or blankets and enjoy.

There are openings for election inspectors to work on Primary Day, Tuesday, September 15 and Election Day, Tuesday, November 3 from 5:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. The polls are located in Ozone Park. The pay is more than $200 per day. If you are a registered Democrat in the 23 AD Part B call my office.

We regret the loss of a very outstanding individual, Thomas Hart. He had a business making golf and polo shirts with sayings showing our pride and love for our community. I have worn his shirts purchased at Sunset Diner, Beach Club, Rogoff's and Last Stop Inn. Tom was a kind man, a great husband and an inspiration to the community.

My deepest sympathy to the family. We know he will be a special angel in God's heaven.

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