2011-01-21 / Columnists

Simon says...

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


Lew M. Simon Lew M. Simon With recent late breaking news of the possibility of our Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer being the favorite to replace the late Gloria D’Amico as Clerk of Queens County, Audrey is considered the favorite for the job.

We understand the process to confirm may take several months. If indeed she is to become County Clerk, I would definitely be interested in running for this job.

I’ve already obtained the support of State Senators Malcolm Smith and Shirley Huntley. We’re going to need everyone’s support from Far Rockaway to Breezy Point. My first priority is to eliminate the toll on the Crossbay Bridge and to make major improvements in the transportation system.

We were very proud to serve with State Senator Malcolm Smith on Operation Snow Watch Patrol, from Far Rockaway to Breezy Point making sure that everything was running smoothly and calling in to the Sanitation Department to tell them that they were doing a wonderful job this time.

We give a million thanks to Chief Eddie Valentine of the Rockaway Point Volunteer Fire Department for driving us around in his four-wheel drive vehicle. We brought Malcolm Smith to greet the Rockaway Point Vollies at 3 AM. They had a full crew of 22 ready for any emergency.

We toured our hospitals, and the main thoroughfares, Rockaway Beach Boulevard, Cronston Avenue, Newport Avenue, State Road in Breezy and Seagirt Boulevard.

We would like to personally thank those in our committee who assisted us in this outstanding operation. They include Maureen McGee, President of the ST. Francis Golden Age Club, Andy McGee the best private investigator you could find, Richard C. Berger, the best EMT on the beach, Warren Bass Jr. of Bay Towers, Angel Luina of Arverne and Joseph Cashen. These outstanding individuals volunteered from 8:30 AM Tuesday to Wednesday evening giving reports and making sure everything was taken care of. Chris Kelly and his crew (347) 252-2814 took care of private property at reasonable rates.

As a proud member of the second graduating class of Beach Channel High School, I know that this school had many programs from oceanography to auto shop that brought in great students and teachers and made the school great. It is unfair for the Department of Education to cut out these programs, send in large numbers of difficult students for closing schools and then declare the school a failure.

Bring back the competitive programs, take all zoned students qualified for high school in the zone and in four years we will have a great school for our community. We will be at the public hearing at Brooklyn Tech on February 3 at 6 p.m., 29 Fort Greene Place, to testify against the closing. All those concerned with having a good high school for all our students should be there.

On Friday evening we attended the 100 Precinct Community Council Chili Cookoff. Money was raised to sup port the Special Olympics. Danny Ruscillo, President of the Council and his lovely wife Linda, Chair of the Youth Committee, ran the affair with their Council. It was a huge success and I had a great time there. The Knights of Columbus won for the best chili.

The 24th annual Dinner Dance of the Good Government Regular Democratic Club will be on Thursday June 2 at the El Caribe. Tickets are $75. The honoree list is in formation. Call 945- 1216 for information.

I want to thank everyone in our community who came together and pitched in during the blizzard. Shoveling snow, checking on seniors and disabled individuals, sharing a hot meal, or just being there to comfort someone in need was beautiful. We have the best neighbors you could ask to meet. That’s why I consider everyone my family. It was great to have stopped by on Wednesday to say hello to St. Francis Golden Age Club, ma family.

We are currently on Face-book under Lew Simon. Anyone can put in a request to friend me.

Wednesday evening we attended the 101 Precinct. Council meeting. It was absolutely a huge success. The new Captain is doing a great job. Justin Cauley and Dineen Ferguson do an outstanding job serving the needs of the 101st community. Dineen is absolutely wonderful. She constantly emails everyone with news of the community,

My next column will be in memory of my mom, Jenny, who passed away on January 31, 1996.

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