2010-09-03 / Columnists

Simon Says...

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

Lew M. Simon Lew M. Simon I’m very excited to announce that we finally have a date for our rally (Tuesday, October 5 at 7 p.m.) to eliminate the Crossbay Bridge toll for the residents of Rockaway, Broad Channel and Breezy Point. Enough is enough. If you’re fed up like me, you don’t want to pay the only intraboro toll in New York. Why should we have to pay a toll to go to Borough Hall, the courts, the Department of Buildings, the Board of Elections or the public hearings where the MTA is planning to increase the toll?

The Crossbay Bridge is actually a street that connects one part of our community with another part. Why should residents of one part of our community (Broad Channel) pay to visit their police station, church, hospital or Community Board 14?

We need you to spread the word and be one of us. Come with your family, children, grandchildren, neighbors, friends etc. We already have the commitment of State Senate President Malcolm Smith and Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer to join us. We are inviting Representatives Anthony Weiner and Gregory Meeks, City Council members Eric Ulrich and James Sanders Jr., Borough President Helen Marshall, Assemblywoman Michelle Titus, City Comptroller John Liu and Public Advocate Bill deBlasio. Come one, come all.

Please call 718-945-1216 Press 3 to let us know that you will be coming. You can tell us if you are bringing others with you and if you are able to help us in other ways. We encourage you to make signs about the toll.

If you are one of the people who sits back and complains, this is the chance to show up and do something about it. This is a chance to prove that people working together with their elected officials can make a difference. My title is District Leader, but I am a real leader who has led protest rallies in the past and won the fight to rebate the bridge toll.

You can never do it alone. No person can succeed without the backing of the people. It would be nice to see thousands of people show up for the rally, not just 100 to 150. If you cross the bridge and return once each day for a year, with the proposed increase, the cost would be $894.25.You could buy a lot of groceries or pay some bills with that money.

Our female Democratic District Leader Geraldine Chapey has been MIA from community action on this issue since her campaign for City Council failed.

We invite Ms. Chapey to show up to support our community. If Ms. Chapey cannot stand up for her community, we will continue to seek someone who will. It is important that there is teamwork for this rally. It must not be Simon and his minions but we need everybody.

Tuesday, August 24, was a great day for education in New York State as the state was awarded $696.6 million by the U.S. Department of Education. State Senate President Pro Tem Malcolm Smith said that it was a proud moment that rewarded their efforts to achieve an agreement in the Legislature. The funds are appropriated by Congress and distributed by the U.S. Department of Education.

We thank Senators Schumer and Gillibrand and Rep. Weiner for their work on this bill.

Federal funding for education must continue to grow in future years. Education is a priority. Every child needs to receive a top quality education. We must support regular, gifted and special education. Everyone must get a fair share no matter where they live.

It is a sad state of affairs when teachers are held liable for students’ test scores. Teachers give their all and work diligently all year long to educate their pupils. It is a damn shame when a teacher has to teach to a multiple choice test and not be creative.

There are many children who are not good test takers and do not score well on these tests. Teachers are stressed out, overworked and underpaid. They are often mistreated by their supervisors and the educational system under Chancellor Klein. Principals are told they have to give more U ratings to teachers.

State Senator Shirley Huntley has done an outstanding job of taking care of her constituents in Broad Channel. She has made sure that ample funds were provided to the BCVFD, BCAC, Golden Age Seniors, veterans and Littoral Society. She obtained capital funds for P.S. 47.

A vote for the re-election of State Senator Shirley Huntley will help keep this tireless State Senator working for the Broad Channel community. Unlike her predecessor, Ada Smith, she is a brilliant woman of valor who we are proud to have serving us in the State Senate. She is a class act who works for us 25/8 advocating and bringing back to her district.

Our next Atlantic City bus trip to Bally’s will be on Saturday September 25. The bus will leave at 5:30 p.m. and return at 7:00 a.m. The cost is $40 with $30 returned. Atendees can enjoy complimentary bagels from Beach Bagels on the bus.

Call my office at 718-945-1216 for reservations and information.

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