2009-10-30 / Columnists

Simon says...

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

We would like to give a million thank yous to the ownership and administration of the beautiful newly renovated Ocean Promenade Nursing Home for hosting our election forum for the 2009 Democratic slate. The Ocean Prome - nade put out a beautiful display of desserts, fruit, cookies and beverages. The staff was kind, helpful and caring.

The home is immaculate. They have a state-of-the-art professional care and exercise center. Our own Johanna Mazza asked if she could become a member of the gym. It is an outstanding facility, great community neighbor and a place we would definitely recommend for long term care.

We are proud to make our 2009 end - or sements. We are proud to en dorse William Thompson as the next mayor of New York City. During the last two decades Bill Thompson has spent nu - merous hours in the Rocka way community assi s ting parents with school and education issues. As president of the Board of Educa tion, he worked with parents, teachers and students to improve education in NYC. As city comptroller he ran an effective office paying the city's bills, protecting the city's credit rating and safeguarding the pensions of retired and active city employees. An opponent of the mayor's arrogance in using his money to change the election laws to overturn term limits, Thompson is giving up his job as city comptroller and will give voters a chance to enforce term limits on the mayor by electing William Thom p son. Thompson spoke and ans - wered questions. (The story should appear elsewhere in this paper.)

We support John Liu for city comptroller. John is one of the brightest new faces on the city scene. He has served as City Council member from Flushing and as chair of the City Council Trans - portation Committee. He brought the Transportation Com mit tee for a public hearing in Broad Channel which res - ul ted in an affordable ferry serving Rockaway. John has the professional experience for the job as comptroller. He worked as an actuary for Price Waterhouse before entering the City Council. Liu received the endorsement of the Uniformed Firefighters Associa - tion after he fought the mayor's plan to shut firehouses. He received the en - dorsement of Local 1199 after he supported giving a living wage to homecare workers. He favors impro ved subway service for areas with poor access to mass transit. John has promised to conduct an audit of every city agency within six months of taking office and to make city contracts available to the public online.

Our choice for public advocate is Bill de Blasio who is also a great friend. He has been an effective advocate for his constituents and will be an effective advocate for all the residents of the city. He is competent, has experience and exhibits leadership and one day will make a great mayor.

Borough President Helen Marshall has made a commitment to one day bring a college to Rockaway. It was not her fault construction did not go forward. We hope we can work closely with our borough president to make a college a reality.

We support Frank Gulluscio for City Council in the 32nd C.D. Frank will be a fighter and a strong advocate for all his constituents in our 32nd Council District. He will advocate for improving the transportation in our district with express buses from 5 a.m. to 2 a.m. seven days a week. He will make sure that the Rockaway Park shuttle becomes a direct A line to Manhattan. He will help develop a Super A train that, after its last stop in Howard Beach, goes directly to Hoyt-Schemer - horn Street. He will insist on increasing the number of runs on the Rock - away ferry. Frank will fight to make more Q53 and Q35 limited buses. He will bring back much needed funding to repair the boardwalk from Beach 73 Street to Beach 126 Street. He will make sure that lifeguards are manning our beaches until 8 p.m. and end unfair tes ting practices by maintaining a monitor and transparency during testing. Frank Gulluscio has made a commitment that the Broad Channel Volun teer Fire Department finally gets their new building and a commitment to secure funding for a Broad Channel civic center. He will make sure that the Broad Channel Athletic Club, the BCVFD and all the various Golden Age clubs in the district get their needed funding to keep their doors open. Frank will help to fund the American Legion, VFW and Knights of Colum bus in Rock a way, Broad Chan - nel and Breezy Point. Frank has made a strong commitment to all the volunteer ambulance corps throughout the district to make sure that their insurance is paid and that all legitimate local volunteer groups get their fair share. As our next councilman, he will make sure to bring back all of the funding to assist in keeping our various not-for-profit orga nizations working.

We are also proud to endorse Jodi Orlow Mackoff for Civil Court judge.

Jodi has served as counsel to the Good Government Regular Democra - tic Club, as one of my legal advisors, on the board of the Belle Harbor Beth-El Temple, is former president of the Brandeis Association and the Wo men's Bar Association of the County of Queens. Jodi has been found qualified by the NYC Bar Association, the NYS Judicial Committee and the Queens Bar Association. She is the loving mother of three beautiful children, a wonderful wife and an outstanding attorney. Other judicial candidates we have endorsed are Daniel Lewis, Diccia Pineda-Kirwan and Thomas Raffaele. We received a large number of calls after the meeting announcing the closing of Stella Maris H.S. I am ready, willing and able to assist to work alongside the parents and admi - nistration. Just call 945-1216 for my assistance. Our next Atlantic City trip will be on Saturday, November 15. We leave at 5:30 p.m. and return at 7:15 a.m. The cost is $45 with $30 retur - ned. Bagels are by Beach Bagels. Call now for reservations.

Any not-for-profit organization looking for dollars may contact us about doing a Wendy's Pro ceeds Night which can be held on Monday to Thursday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Your group re - ceives 20 percent of the register tally. Call me or Wendy's manager Berna - dette at 718-318-4828. H & R Block will offer $25 to your group for each client who has their taxes done with them. Congratu la tions to newly elected mem bers of the board at Dayton Beach Park Coop; Donna Long 179 votes, Joanne Smith 162, Terry Lane 161, Maryanna Lane 142, Joyce Plau - ner 140. A tie between Neil Mac Leod and Anthony Consta nza at 139 will be broken. Congratu lations to the winners, the 457 voters and good luck. Membership dues of $25 may be sent to the Good Govern ment Regular Democratic Club at 112-20 Beach Chan nel Drive, Rockaway Park, NY 11694.

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