2009-10-02 / Columnists

Simon says...

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

L'Shana Tova to all my Jewish constituents and family. May this year bring peace, health and financial security to all.

We would like to congratulate the winners of Tuesday's runoff, Bill de Blasio on his outstanding victory for Public Advocate and John Liu for his victory for City Comptroller. We look forward to working together supporting the Democratic ticket in the November 3 election.

We are looking for volunteers to make phone calls, distribute literature, put up posters and campaign with the candidates. The Democratic ticket consists of William Thompson for Mayor, Bill de Blasio for Public Advocate, John Liu for Comptroller, Helen Marshall for Borough President, Frank Gulluscio for City Council, Jodi Orlow Mackoff for Civil Court, David Lewis, Diccia Trinidad Pineda- Kirwan and Thomas D. Raffaele for State Supreme Court. We need to have a Democratic victory on Tuesday, November 3. Volunteers for the Democratic Victory 09 Team should call 945- 1216.

In my travels throughout the district we are constantly hearing the cries of many senior citizens who live on fixed incomes. They face a rise in their LIPA bills, rent, prescription medication, food and transportation.

It is time to write our two U.S. Senators, Charles Schumer, 757 3rd Avenue Suite 1702, and Kirsten Gillibrand, 780 3rd Avenue Suite 2601 NY 10017; and Representatives Anthony Weiner, 80-02 Kew Gardens Rd. Suite 5000, Kew Gardens, NY 11415 and Gregory Meeks, 1931 Mott Avenue Room 305, Far Rockaway NY 11691.

The COLAs or cost of living increases will not be given for the next two years. We know that the cost of coffee and meat have gone up. It is nonsense to say we will bankrupt the Social Security system. We are not a bleeding heart liberal, but a realist. There are millions of people who worked all their lives and were forced to retire due to age, illness, etc. With all the stimulus money going to car manufacturers, and investment banks, it is time to do the right thing to help our seniors and disabled.

It is getting to be more and more difficult lately to sleep in Rockaway Park and other parts of Rockaway because of airplane flights over our houses. We have always been a strong proponent of having flights over Jamaica Bay. Flyingover people's homes is extremely annoying. We would love to have another meeting with the FAA, and Representatives Weiner and Meeks to discuss the flights over our heads.

Our next Atlantic City trip will be on Saturday, October 10 to Bally's. We leave at 5:30 p.m. and return at 7 p.m. The cost is $45 with $30 returned. Bagels are provided by Beach Bagels. Come have fun and help the Good Government Regular Democratic Club keep its doors open. At the same time we are reminding those who would like to become members that dues of $25 may be sent to the club at 112-20 Beach Channel Drive, Rockaway Park 11694.

Many of us remember the decision of Council Speaker Christine Quinn and Transportation Committee Chair John Liu to hold a public hearing in Broad Channel to discuss our transportation problems. This meeting resulted in our ferry service. We do not remember seeing or hearing from our Councilmember who was the Republican leader at that time. Frank Gulluscio did attend and speak.

At this time our Councilmember seems to have stock answers for the improvement of transportation for Rockaway, Broad Channel and Breezy Point.

Our community suffers each and every day with the abominable service on the A line. We look for the addition of all night express bus service like EMPIRE Howard Beach and Ozone Park get. The QM 15 bus leaves the depot at Beach 50 Street and does not stop in Rockaway or Broad Channel for passengers. It is criminal that they will not make a few stops to serve us. Our future Councilman, Frank Gulluscio is determined to make this a reality. Our current Councilman has decided not to take a stand or do anything to improve transportation in our community.

Our current Councilman was elected in the Special Election on February 24.

Have you seen him fight for any improvements for us? I haven't. This is only one of the reasons we must vote for Frank Gulluscio on November 3.

We are deeply saddened by the death of Mary Supple, one of the finest outstanding pillars of our community. Mrs. Supple, a resident of Rockaway Park, has been involved in improving the quality of life in our community, as well as being active in Irish culture and heritage and the Church. Her love for all, her beautiful smile and never having a bad word to say about anyone made her an outstanding individual.

Those who remember her husband, James Supple, know he was an outstanding community activist who was always there to support his Irish heritage, Church and community. We are sure that Mr. Supple met his wife at the gate where she was welcomed in to get her special wings and be a special angel.

This outstanding couple will be the guardian angels of the Rockaways to

protect us and help us. My deepest sympathy to the family. EMPIRE

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