This week’s Nor’easter really socked it to the Rockaway, Broad Channel and Breezy Point communities knocking out electricity for tens of thousands and leaving them in the dark and cold. We are very upset with LIPA. Located at the tail end of their service area, we always seem to be treated like a stepchild. On my home block, there has been a wire down since Friday evening. A cop has to sit there and watch it at the taxpayer’s expense. This is absolutely lud-icrous and disgusting. We have been fielding calls from residents from Rockaway, Broad Channel and Breezy Point and being the eyes and ears for State Senator Malcolm Smith. We have been calling LIPA, relaying calls from people who depend on oxygen machines and assisting them to relocate. It is very sad that LIPA’s 24-hour hotline does not have a live body to talk to people who feel abandoned by outages. So many of our constituents have no one else to turn to for assistance, no one answered the phone over the weekend but yours truly. Shame on the city news media for not covering the storm damage and neglect in our community. Staten Island was not the only place to be hit by the storm.
On Friday, March 19 at 6 p.m. sharp we are having a rally to keep our ferry running. We urge everyone to come with a sign. The ferry was doomed from the beginning because Mayor Bloomberg and the NYC Economic Development Corporation chose to run the ferry to South Street only and not to 34 Street with free bus service as Waterways has done. Shame on the mayor and Council-man Ulrich for not making sure that Rockaway was protected. Had I been City Councilman, rest assured I would have banged down the door of City Hall to make sure that we got what we deserve. Our City Councilman brag-ged that Mayor Bloomberg is his good friend. Councilman Ulrich should call his good friend Mike and get the money to run our ferry.
Our other fight is to make sure that the Cross Bay Bridge toll rebate exists. We’d like to thank Regina Mc Manus for the great posters and Ari Gluck of Ocean Promenade Nursing and Rehab for providing us with great refreshments and a wonderful place to meet. We are going to stay vigilant on this issue and work with our State Senator Malcolm Smith to bring a lawsuit if necessary. This year’s St. Patrick’s Day parade was one of the best ever. The weather was absolutely marvelous and the parade ran smoothly. One of the Dep-uty Grand Marshals, Patrick Sullivan, CFO of St. John’s Hospital and Episcopal Health Services, is a gentleman and a scholar. I had the pleasure of getting to know him. You couldn’t ask for a finer dedicated individual who loves our community. He is definitely an asset to St. John’s Hospital and a rising star who will always be there for our community and its people. I want to thank Joe Di Cannio for driving me in his beautiful two-seat Mercedes as he has done for the last number of years.
We would like to thank Chris Curgos, who is a local locksmith (718 lock sos), for responding to my call immediately.
He came to the rescue of a disabled senior citizen who locked her keys in the trunk of her handicapped van. Not only did he help her get her van open, he did not charge her for the service. He is a professional licensed locksmith available for residential and commercial work.
Our next Atlantic City bus trip to Bally’s Casino will be on Saturday, March 20 at 5:30 p.m. We return at 7 a.m. with 8 ½ hours to enjoy. The cost is $40 with a $30 voucher for tables or machines returned. Bagels and cream cheese are courtesy of Beach Bagels. Tickets are available by calling 718- 945-1216.
For the last 14 years since the death of my mom, Jennie Simon, and Sara Berger’s husband, Samuel, we present a trophy to the best Catholic school in Rockaway. This year, St. Camillus School had the honor of winning for the second time. The day after the parade, we presented the trophy to Sister Agnes, Principal, Anne Keane, Home School Association, Father Richard and the children of the school at the annual St. Camillus St. Patrick’s Day dinner.