2011-06-10 / 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 The Good Government Regular Democratic Club, where my office is located, has moved to 114-20 Rockaway Beach Boulevard. Our phone is still 718-945-1216. If we can assist you, please call me. We will be open on Thursday evenings to discuss topics of community interest.

This is a good time to renew your membership in the club. The cost is $25 per year. Make your check payable to the club and send it in to our new office. We are planning to have a big blast welcoming the community.

We would like to thank many people who assisted us with our move, buildout, packing and unpacking. The Miracle Movers helped to pack and move us free of charge. They are professional, careful and wonderful.

They can be reached at 718-945-4331. Volunteers include Jason Koffer, Johanna Mazza, Jonathan Perez, Eva Farro, Rubin of Amstel Auto Body, Jake Acevedo, Keith Metz, Walter White and Walter White Jr., Cecilia Haubrick and Victor Rivera. A million thanks to Victoria Martin and Tommy Keeney for so many endless hours of work and to A.J., a local painter who is a perfectionist and is available for hire.

A million thanks to Jonathan Leary of the Rockaway Jetty organization and his professional construction company which installed sheetrock and sound proofed the ceiling. When you see their work which is par excellence you will want to hire them for renovating your home or office. A special thank you to T.J Leonard who assisted in installing sheetrock. A special thank you to Richard Berger for seeing that the door was opened for the contractors early each morning and closed in the evening.

Thanks to Ocean Promenade Nursing Home for their generous donation for the lighted Democratic Club sign. Thanks to the Catanese family for donating carpet. Larry Kelly is a master carpenter who set up a closet with wonderful shelves. Thanks to Brown’s Hardware for a major discount on parts, tools and other supplies. I am a strong believer in shopping locally. Remember to shop at Brown’s. Thanks to this outstanding team we have a professional and handicapped accessible office.

We can’t wait for Governor Andrew Cuomo to announce the date of the special election for State Assembly. We are raring to go. Senator Schumer’s office denied the rumor that he has endorsed any candidate for a race that hasn’t started yet. A special thank you to Rabbi Boaz Tomsky of Yeshiva Belle Harbor for his continued support and friendship.

Our long awaited Atlantic City trip to Bally’s will be on Saturday, June 25. We will leave from our new office at 5:30 p.m. and return at 7 a.m.. The cost is $45 with $30 returned. Bagels are served courtesy of Beach Bagels. Call 718-945-1216 now for reservations.

Registered Democrats are needed to serve as election inspectors on primary and election days. The pay is $200 a day. There is extra pay for training and working both days. You must live in the 23 A.D. Part B. Current vacancies are in Howard Beach and Ozone Park. Call if you are interested.

We stand proudly with the NYC Fire Department in support of keeping all our fire houses open and keeping all the crews on the job. If one engine company on the peninsula is closed we all will have less protection. Thousands of teachers are facing layoffs. Larger class sizes will reduce the quality of education our children receive. The Mayor and City Council must find a way to keep the services we need.

New legislative districts are now being drawn based on the results of the 2010 census. While some say it is better to have two legislators than one, I feel it becomes divide and conquer. One legislator representing our peninsula would give our district a louder, clearer voice. Once again we on the peninsula and Broad Channel must be heard loud and clear. Once again we are expecting to have a massive demonstration taking the Crossbay Bridge to make it clear that the toll must go.

The price of gasoline has gone out of sight while oil company profits keep going up. A major investigation by the Justice Department could tell us what is going on.

We are deeply saddened by the death of Amelia Dockstader, known to all of us as Millie. I knew Millie all of my life. Years ago when I was a child she work- ed at Met Food in Arverne. She and her lovely mom owned a shoemaker shop on Beach 129 Street. Millie was an outstanding wife, loving mother, grandmo- ther and great grandmother. She was a good friend and outstanding person. We know God must have needed another special angel in his kingdom in heaven. My deepest sympathy to the family.

A special happy birthday to a man who is like a father to me. Special Investigator Andy McGee is one of the nicest, kindest and loving individuals you could ask to meet. Many, many more.

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