2010-08-20 / Columnists

Simon says...

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

Lew M. Simon Lew M. Simon As we go to press with our column, we plan to meet with MTA Chair Jay Walder to discuss the Cross Bay Bridge toll rebate program and request permission to lead a peaceful demonstration over the bridge to protest this unfair toll. Since the Cross Bay Bridge is unique and is simply a road from one part of our community to another, there should not be a toll preventing people from going to school, shopping, church, community meetings, hospitals and doctor offices.

We have been attempting to get permission to use a traffic lane for our march. This would have a stronger impact than merely using the pedestrian walkway. Senate President Malcolm Smith is trying to obtain funding to put in the budget that would offset the cost of the rebate. When this march does occur we need to make sure that everyone comes with their children, grandchildren, friends and neighbors. United we stand. Divided we fall.

Congratulations to all the Breezy Point Coop Board members who got reelected. Congratulations to John Lindsay and John Curry who were returned to the Board. We also congratulate Joe Kerrigan who did not win reelection. We hope that Joe Kerrigan can be elected to the Board in the future.

We wish a speedy get well and recovery to our campaign treasurer Scott Winik, who had been waiting for a kidney transplant and finally got one. We wish him a speedy recovery, good health and happiness. You are a great friend.

On the weekend, Dayton Towers West and Surfside had a water main break at Beach 105 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard. They had no water or electricity for light, air conditioning or elevators. We got involved when Barbara Buffalino, president of SHAFT, reached out to us. Along with Senate Pres - ident Malcolm Smith, who personally came down, and Jo Ann Shapiro, assistant to Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer, we worked as a team to see that the repairs were made properly.

Membership in the Good Government Regular Democratic Club gives you a voice in your community. The dues are $25 for one year. Please send your envelope to the club at 112-20 Beach Channel Drive, Rockaway Park 11694.

We are deeply saddened by the deaths of two women in our community. Our dear friend Ellen Connolly worked as a dancing teacher with Dancing under the Stars. She was an outstanding professional who ap peared in movies, won awards and taught many children and adults in our district. She learned her skills from her mom and dad. For the last few years she has been battling colon cancer. Last week she lost the battle.

Ellen had a big heart and helped everyone. She gave free lessons to poor kids and volunteered to teach young men at St. John’s Home to dance. Ellen was beautiful and a class act. We are sad and upset that we lost a star.

We are deeply saddened by the death of Julianna Dobranszky, mother of Julia, the best haircutter at Strand Salon. Julianna, who resided in Hungary, did come to New York numerous times. I had the pleasure of knowing her and taking her on our Atlantic City bus trip twice. She was an outstanding lady who instilled the proper values in her children.

We know that these two will be special angels in God’s heaven. We know that Ellen will be in charge of teaching angels to dance.

We are wishing the best to Beach Channel High School. We have won the legal fight to keep the school open for the time being. We look forward to working with the parents and faculty to see that the school is given the resources to make BCHS the star it once was. Let everyone know that the school is open and accepting new students from our area.

It is quite interesting that the Mayor set up the Charter Commission to speak on something people have already voted on. NYC voters twice said that there should be a two term limit for NYC elected officials. The voters approved a two term limit, not three terms for incumbents.

Had I been elected to the City Council, I would have loved to stay for life. This job lets you serve as the eyes, ears and voice of your community. One day the City Council will vote to get rid of term limits. Many people are of the belief that all city, state and federal elected officials should be term limited. My belief is, that is why we have the right to vote in each election.

We are in full support of the reelection of Senator Shirley Huntley, who represents Broad Channel and other parts of Queens. Shirley has done an outstanding job bringing Broad Channel the resources they deserve.

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