2010-08-06 / Columnists

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

Lew M. Simon Lew M. Simon We want to thank all of our Democratic constituents who affixed their names to our reelection petition to serve another two year term. We obtained the most signatures in Queens County. Thank God nobody chose to run against me. I was truly blessed that we can serve two more years. We are going into our ninth term. We love what we do and are always available to help those who need us. I’d like to thank all my petition carriers who worked so diligently in collecting signatures.

We are extremely proud of our Congressman Anthony Weiner who stood up and spoke loud and clear for all those responders to Ground Zero who are now sick, or will become sick The U.S. government through EPA Commissioner Christine Todd Whitman told them there were no health concerns. Now many of them are suffering the effects of the pollution. We wholeheartedly support the proposal to help those who rushed to help their fellow Americans. We all need to work together to protect those who stood up for our country.

We have heard from many people who are angered that the MTA is once again charging residents of Rockaway and Broad Channel to travel in our own community. We will set a date soon for a public demonstration of our determination to end this discrimination against our community. Please call 718-945- 1216 if you and your family and friends are ready to march over the bridge or help get out the word in other ways. If we do not speak up, we will continue to pay up.

We are saddened by the death of four outstanding individuals. We recently learned that that our favorite dancing teacher Bernie Klein has passed away. Bernie Klein and his lovely wife Anne always loved to dance and led dances for Dancing Under the Stars. Bernie was one of the nicest, kindest persons you could ask to meet. Bernie had been taking care of Anne who had Alzheimer’s when he got sick and they relocated to a nursing home in North Carolina where he passed away.

Ed Spierer, one of the pillars of the West End Temple, passed away. He was an outstanding devoted individual, loving husband, grandfather and greatgrandfather who gave so much to his community. He was a gentleman and a scholar.

Josephine McPartland, otherwise known as Jo, also passed away. Jo had worked for many years with St. Francis Seabreeze Golden Age Club and was very involved in our senior citizen and church community.

Willie Forde was an outstanding individual who devoted a lot of time to the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee. He had a big heart and great smile. We know God has a great plan for all four in His kingdom in heaven.

We wish that the state passes its budget and that Senate President Malcolm Smith and Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer can help find the funding to help keep the Cross Bay Bridge free for the residents of Rockaway, Breezy Point and Broad Channel.

Our next Atlantic City bus trip to Bally’s will be on Saturday August 14. The cost is $40 with $30 returned. We leave at 5:30 p.m. and return at 7 a.m. We get 8 hours to enjoy. Bagels are provided by Beach Bagels. Come enjoy yourself next weekend. When you travel with us, you also help keep our office open to serve our community.

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