2010-10-15 / Community

Simon says...

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

Lew M. Simon Lew M. Simon We are extremely proud of our great family of Rockaway, Broad Channel and Breezy Point for the great showing on Tuesday night at our rally to eliminate the toll on the Cross Bay Bridge. At the last minute, with skies darkening and the threat of rain, I was pleasantly pleased with the large turnout of people. I feel if the weather was not so threatening we would have had double or triple the amount.

I want to thank the people who walked with us from the bottom of my heart. Thank you to The Wave and Rockaway Point News for your continued support for our fight. Thank you to our dynamic public relations team, Norman Silverman, Janet Lindell of Arverne by the Sea, and Donna Long of the Dayton Beach Park board. We give a special thank you to Patrick Tubridy for his great internet skills in working in conjunction with Facebook, making beautiful signs and getting the word out. We give a million thanks to my mentor Dan Tubridy, who taught me how to do it and started the fight to end the toll in the 1970’s. Jane Tubridy, matriarch of the Tubridy family, sets a good example for all of us.

Thank you to Congressman Anthony Weiner, our Senate President Malcolm Smith who sent his Deputy Chief of Staff and our great Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer, Democratic District Leader Valerie West of the 31st A.D. in Far Rockaway and a representative of Councilman Eric Ulrich. Shame on Assemblywoman Michelle Titus, who represents much of Far Rockaway and Arverne, but did not even send a staff member. Councilman James Sanders Jr., who represents the whole east end of the peninsula, did not respond to our invitation. Thank you to Barbara Smith, President of the Deerfield Area Civic Association, Dan Mundy Jr., President of the Broad Channel Civic Association and Danny Ruscillo, President 100 Precinct Community Council.

It was great to see Mike Greenstein, who is 90 years old, march with us. Joe Hallstein, President Dayton Towers, Ginny Kuhn and Norman Hornstein were among our group. Breezy Point Coop President Joe Lynch and board member Martin Ingram came from the Point.

The rally was not set up to be political. It is a shame that those who are running for office in our community chose not to support us at the rally, but write letters criticizing someone who did. Our local councilman, Eric Ulrich, never came out to speak against the end of the toll rebate at the MTA hearing in 2010. It is unacceptable to be told that he was at another event when Rockaway is part of his district. We have been announcing the rally since July 9 and the specific date since September 3. It is time our councilman took the bull by the horns and did something.

It was great to have channels (1), (4) and (11) covering the event. We got the support of Greg Mocker of (11). After the rally I received calls from Chairman Walder of the MTA and President Jim Ferrara of the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority. We will be meeting very shortly and we hope a favorable announcement will be made. I put a proposal forward and expect to discuss it. On Wednesday, after the MTA hearing on the fare increase, it was quite ironic to hear Jay Walder say that he grew up in Rockaway.

I am a non-paid elected official. We keep our office at the Good Government Regular Democratic Club. We depend on your dues and donations to pay the rent, telephone and other expenses. We respond to your calls no matter what party you belong to or where you live. We are always there to take on big issues that others run away from. Send your dues of $25 to the GGRDC at 112-20 Beach Channel Drive, Rockaway Park 11694.

We are deeply saddened by the death of Beth Cohen Boyd who, after 11 years battling against cancer, lost her fight. Beth and I went to elementary school, junior high school and high school together. When we were in elementary school, Beth used to terrorize me, but 11 years ago when she called for my help. I stepped right up. I held her hand and made sure that she took the chemo which she did not want.

When Beth took chemo, we threw up together. At any time she didn’t want to continue, her daughter Jillian and husband Birdie egged her on. Beth was a trooper and a fighter. In the middle of all this she lost her mother, Adele, who was a great supporter of hers. The Queens American Cancer Society helped her get a wig, bras and other help. Many times she had trouble with her medical plan and we interceded for her. We know she is a special angel stirring the pot in heaven. We know she will be our guardian angel looking out for us.

We are trying to schedule a bus trip to Bally’s in Atlantic City on Saturday October 23. The cost is $40 with $30 returned. Bagels and cream cheese are provided by Beach Bagels. You will have a great time and help keep our office open for our community. Call 718-945-1216 now for reservations.

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