2011-05-13 / Columnists

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


Lew M. Simon Lew M. Simon As we write this column, the agreement we had to rent a new office was broken by the landlord. After going back and forth from January to April 17, payment was made. Talk about a lying slumlord who is not a man of his word. We are currently all packed in boxes and all ready to go with nowhere to go.

On Mother’s Day, Sunday, we assisted the Rockaway Point Fire and Ambulance Corps with their great fundraiser at Aviator Sports. The Rockaway Point Vollies were slaughtered by the FDNY EMS hockey team.

This was the first time I have been to Aviator. What a beautiful, family oriented sports center. It is a state of the art, beautiful, professional hockey arena with a separate rollerblading rink for families. They also have basketball courts, rock climbing, skeeball and other games. It is a beautiful place to bring a family. Our purpose was to sell 50-50s to raise money for the Vollies.

As we come to the election season, we are once again looking for registered Democrats who live in the 23rd Part B to work on the Election Board. The pay is $200 a day for Primary Day, Election Day and a special election. There is additional pay for attending a training class and for working all the scheduled days. There are vacancies in the Howard Beach and Ozone Park parts of my district. Call 718-945-1216 now if you are interested.

We are saddened by the death of two friends. Lawrence Baumann of Roxbury was one of the nicest, kindest gentlemen we met. He was a great husband, father and super active in his community. He was a man who always had a smile on his face. He showed his love and caring for his wife, Ilene, daughters Erin, Kathleen and son Brian. He instilled the proper values in his children and was a great friend to all.

Unfortunately, he suffered a massive coronary. The Vollies tried to revive him and worked for an hour and a half.

I am also very sad to say my good friend Tony Parra, whom many called “the gentle giant,” has died. You may know that he would sit on the steps outside the old Jamaica Bank building on Beach 116 Street with a coffee and a cigarette. Tony was a brilliant individual who suffered from mental illness. He treated me like he was a bodyguard for the President of the United States. He treated me with the utmost respect and spent long hours handing out fliers and helping in any way he could. He died much too young. I feel like I lost my best friend.

I know God must have a special place for two special angels. Larry and Tony were the best. I know I have a new special angel with Tony saying, “Respect the Leader.” We have two special angels in heaven.

We urge everyone to go up to see Maria of Breezy Dog, whose truck is located outside the entrance to Fort Tilden. Maria has 75 great flavors of her world renowned milkshakes as well as outstanding chicken pita, hamburgers, hot dogs, knishes, and soda, etc. Tell her Lew Simon sent you.

Our long awaited Atlantic City trip will be on Saturday, June 25. We leave at 5:30 p.m. and return at 7:00 a.m. We serve bagels from Beach Bagels and have 8 hours to enjoy Bally’s. The cost is $45 with $30 returned. Call 718-945- 1216 now for reservations. We thank God for the bravery of the Navy Seals and the wisdom of President Obama for getting rid of that bastard Osama. This is a great victory for the world, but it still does not bring back the over 3,000 people killed on 9/11 and so many friends from the Rockaways. I lost my dear best friend Stephen Lefkowitz, who was my campaign manager, in 2001.

With bin Laden’s death we can try to put part of the most horrific event of this decade behind us. We know as we speak that some of bin Laden’s followers may be planning new terror. We must continue to stay vigilant and never let our guard down.

A special message to Bloomberg. What are you thinking in laying off NYC teachers? You can take some money from the rainy day fund and cancel some unwise contracts before you even think of cutting our teaching staff. Your plan for smaller class size will be destroyed. You will create chaos and overcrowding, Now is the time I wish I was in the City Council so that I could voice my outrage against this ridiculous plan. Why is the mayor seeking to balance the budget on the backs of our future generation, our children. If any group of local parents and teachers is planning to hold a protest call me and I will join you.

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