2010-06-25 / Columnists

Simon says...

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

As I am sitting and dictating my column on Wednesday morning, I am driving with my hands-free set. I am burying my last living aunt who passed away from natural causes. My aunt Yetta was my best friend, confidante, political advisor and a second mom to me. We are extremely close and spoke every day and every night on the phone. Her death came as a shock because she was small, petite and healthy. She took care of herself and exercised every day. We used to spend every day reminiscing about my mom, dad and aunts and uncles.

This is truly a heartbreaking day in my life. I thank God for my constituents who are my extended family. If it wasn’t for you guys I’d be very lonely and depressed.

I know it is obvious God had a specific plan for my aunt to be a great angel in heaven. I’m sure when my aunt got to the gates of heaven my mom and Aunt Molly greeted her and welcomed her in. They must be reminiscing about old times. My aunt must be telling my mom how wonderful my sister and I and her children and husband are doing.

It’s never a right time to take a loved one, I feel very upset with God. I start to wonder why God does this to you. To quote children of today, “It sucks.”

Let’s hear it for the young high school students who took on the governor, mayor and state lawmakers to make sure metro cards stay free and they can get to school.

For shame on our state elected officials for allowing the Crossbay Bridge rebate program to end on July 1, 2010. I urge everyone to pick up the phone and call Assemblywomen Audrey Pheffer and Michele Titus and State Senators Malcolm Smith and Shirley Huntley.

We know that our state elected officials are trying to restore funding in the budget. We need to let our governor, mayor and the MTA know that we mean business. We must get ready for a huge protest rally on the Crossbay Bridge. I am prepared to get arrested to send a clear message to all of these arrogant bureaucrats.

Let me also make note of why we need one district for our Council and Assembly districts. We have still not heard from Councilmembers Eric Ulrich and James Sanders Jr. or Assemblywoman Michele Titus on the Crossbay Bridge toll. They did not even send representatives to the MTA budget hearing on this matter. Earn your salary and work for the people who put you in office.

We need to come together and send Rockaway born and bred Jay Walder a clear message that he neglected his own community.

Shame on Jay who I thought was a gentleman and a scholar. I guess my judgment was off.

We want to remind all registered Democrats in the 23rd A.D. Part B (Beach 95 Street to Breezy Point and Broad Channel west side) to sign the petitions to put us on the ballot.

It has been a pleasure to serve you for the past 16 years and we look forward to continue to serve you.

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