2010-09-17 / Columnists

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

Lew M. Simon Lew M. Simon We have received a lot of calls from people committing to march over the Cross Bay Bridge with us on Tuesday, October 5, at 7 p.m. to protest the unfair toll on local residents. In unity there is strength and power in numbers. Don’t carp about the toll if you don’t march with us. When we don’t come out in a large mass, we deserve what we get.

We should be several thousand strong to win this. We don’t want to look like a bunch of politicians and have nobody marching with us. We have gotten a great response on Facebook. We need to hear from you. Call 718-945-1216 press 3 to leave your name and number and tell us you will be marching. Bring your children and grandchildren. Make it a family day and teach your children community service and pride in your neighborhood.

Remember to bring signs. You can say, “No More Cross Bay Bridge Toll for residents.” “United we stand, divided we fall.” We will meet at the entrance to the bridge, near McDonald’s.

We attended the 9/11 memorial which was held in the Roxbury community of Breezy Point this year. It was great to see the continued support of over 1,000 people nine years later. We must never forget this act of terrorism and cowardice toward our country. We must always stay vigilant against any future attack. Working together and looking out for each other is extremely important.

During the memorial mass Father Jack gave a moving sermon related to 9/11. He walked from the pulpit and walked around and spoke to us. It was completely touching and moving and brought us to tears. He told us a story about where the Nazis forced Polish people to a hole where adults and children were stripped and shot. A lady was blessed to survive and help others. It was really moving. Father Jack was at his best.

Those who weren’t there missed something beautiful.

One of the songs Sister Mary Beata sang was “Almost in Heaven.” The song reflected how these great heroes and heroines helped people down the stairs. Those who lost their lives went straight to heaven for all they had done. Sister Mary Beata and the choir brought tears to everyone’s eyes. Sister Mary Beata has the voice of an angel. The whole ceremony was a moving tribute to all the heroes and heroines and the people we lost on 9/11. Many people came over to me to wish me a Happy New Year, realizing that it was a Jewish holiday.

We are saddened by the loss of two great gentlemen who gave a lot to the Breezy point community. Vinny Harkins was like a father to me and to the youth of Breezy Point who he taught to swim. He and his lovely wife and family were involved in every aspect of the community.

The other gentleman, Kenneth Shea, was the husband of Rita Shea. Kenneth was on the board of the Rockaway Point Association for many years. He was a tough, feisty man who worked very hard for the Breezy community. These two special men have earned their wings as angels in God’s kingdom. My deepest sympathy goes out to the families

Our next Atlantic City bus trip will be on Saturday, September 25. We leave at 5:30 p.m. and return at 7 a.m. The cost is $40 with $30 returned. Bagels and cream cheese are provided by Beach Bagels.

Call 945-1216 now for reservations.

Congratulations to U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand who has made a great name in a short time. Congratulations to State Senator Shirley Huntley who not only talks the talk but walks the walk. We look forward to a Democratic sweep in November. If you are not registered to vote call my office for an appointment.

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