2011-02-18 / Columnists

Simon says...

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

Lew M. Simon Lew M. Simon All those naysayers who say you can’t beat City Hall or win on major issues, you are sadly mistaken. An example is the Liquid Natural Gas plan for the ocean off Rockaway. It is dead, thanks to the Republican governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie. I do give credit where credit is due. I thank Governor Christie from the bottom of my heart on behalf of my constituents. He helped stop a catastrophe about to happen.

Thanks to his veto, the project is now dead. I had only wished Governor Andrew Cuomo would have spoken first.

We are vehemently opposed to the Regional Plan Association proposal to fill in Jamaica Bay wetland to create new runways at JFK. In Rockaway, Broad Channel and Howard Beach, we have already been bombarded with the noise and pollution coming from planes landing and taking off from JFK. We sadly remember the Flight 587 Airbus that crashed in the heart of our community.

We have already gathered support from community leaders in Meadowmere Park and Rosedale on this proposal. We have talked to one of the Howard Beach leaders of the original fight to stop the SST from landing at JFK. We need to save our Jamaica Bay marshland which has been disappearing day by day. We are forming a group to examine and decide how we can defeat this proposal as quickly as possible. If you want to help or have any questions call my office.

We are looking for a new, larger office on the ground floor in our community. If you are a professional such as an accountant, broker or lawyer who would like to share this office call me at 718-945-1216.

We have received numerous complaints about service on the Q35 bus.

We are surveying the community to find out what problems you have experienced. Was your bus overcrowded? Did your bus have scheduling issues? Did the bus pass you by and leave you stranded due to overcrowding? Was there another problem? Every time you experience a problem please email it to Jim.Harding@mtabus.com and Diane.Bobetsky@mtabusco.com. Include the four digit number over the front windshield of the bus, the date and the time.

Ellen McCarthy of Breezy Point and I are urging everybody to make sure to give them hell.

A few years ago the the Vice President of Operations Planning for MTA Bus spoke at our Good Government Regular Democratic Club. We vigorously questioned this official about all the extra stops that made the Q35 crawl along Flatbush Avenue, which was already served by a local Flatbush Avenue bus. Before he left the meeting we made him promise to solve the Q35 problem. Now problems have returned. Let’s speak up now and get these problems solved.

Harry G’s 18th Anniversary “Doo Wop” Spectacular will be back at Beach Channel High School on March 26 at 7 p.m. The stars include Kenny Vance & The Planetones, Fireflies, Vito & The Salutations, Manhattan Skyline, Tony Lee, Quotations, Twin Gold and Joeyu & the Paradons. We look forward to seeing you at this outstanding event. For tickets and information call 718-646-5580 or 718-755- 6262.

Yours truly is a non-paid elected official. We like to be able to help our neighbors, friends and even political opponents. We don’t ask people where they live or their political party. Even people who were not my fans are assisted and now are my friends. Now is the time to help us. Please send your $25 dues to the Good Government Regular Democratic Club at 112-29 Beach Channel Drive, Rockaway Park, NY 11694.

If a vacancy occurs, I hope to have a chance to run for higher office. These offices come with salaries for renting and staffing three offices, telephone and supplies. If we have been able to accomplish so much without pay and help from a few volunteers, I would like to have a chance to see how much we could do with the help elected public officials all get.

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