2011-06-24 / Columnists

Simon Says...

Commentary 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, Governor Andrew Cuomo has still not set a date for the special election for Assembly. We are looking forward and hoping to become the Democrat designee. We are asking for your assistance in making this possible.

We are asking everyone to pick up the phone and call Queens Democratic Organization at 718-268-5100. Tell them how you feel. You can call Michael Reich, Secretary of the Queens Democrats, at 718-459-9000. With your support we can make a difference.

This Saturday, June 25 will be our Bally’s Atlantic City bus trip. The cost is $45 with $30 returned. We leave 5:30 p.m. and return at 7 a.m. Bagels and cream cheese are provided by Beach Bagels. We leave from our new headquarters at 114-20 Rockaway Beach Boulevard. Call 718-945-1216 now for reservations.

The grand opening party of the new headquarters of our Good Government Regular Democratic Club will be on Thursday, July 7 and Friday, July 8 from 6 to 8 p.m. There be food and live music. You may join by paying dues of $25 a year. Our new office is on the ground floor and is handicapped accessible. Drop in and say hello.

We still need election inspectors to work on Primary Day, Tuesday, September 13 and Election Day, Tuesday, November 8. You may work as an inspector, door clerk or Spanish or Chinese interpreter. You must be a registered Democrat in the 23rd A.D. Part B. Current openings are in Ozone Park and Howard Beach.

Thursday, June 9 the temperature was over 90 degrees and public school students had the day off due to Brooklyn Queens Day. The ‘down for the day’ kids overcrowded the trains and beaches. The 100 Precinct and Transit Police did an outstanding job of controlling the crowds and fights among them. On Sunday, June 12 we talked to the XO captain and Sgt. Antonucci. We plan on being there to support the 100 Precinct and Transit Police to get additional officers as needed in light of the problems.

This Saturday we were proud to attend the wet down of the Point Breeze fire truck and the Rockaway Point Vollies’ new ambulance. Thanks to our State Senator Malcolm Smith for making funding available to purchase much needed lifesaving apparatus. I’m proud to have played an integral part in bringing the Senator and the Rockaway Point Vollies together and staying on top until the job was done. We are very proud of our volunteers who believe as we do and give their all saving lives.

On Father’s Day we stopped by to wish our great friend Pat Nee a happy Father’s Day. We were very impressed by the work he and his neighbors did on the garden at Beach 123 Street at the Boardwalk. It is a great addition to our community.

We are extremely saddened by the death of two women pioneers in our community. Community and political leader Barbara Rosenblatt spent many years running the family law practice which involved her late husband Sheldon and later her daughter Lois. Barbara was active in the Republican and Democratic parties. She served for many years as the Treasurer of the Bayswater Civic Association. Barbara instilled the proper values of community service in her daughter Lois who is now Public Administrator of Queens County.

Elvira Long, mother of NYS Conservative Party Chairman Mike Long and Queens Conservative Party Leader Tom Long, was a true pioneer in the Conservative Party. She was super active in Golden Age in Breezy Point. These two leading women will be outstanding angels in heaven. My deepest sympathy to the families.

The Dancing Under the Stars program is now under way. The Zumba program, funded by Sweet’N Low is now at the roller rink at Beach 109 Street at the boardwalk on Wednesdays and Fridays at 7:30 p.m. We will look for you there.

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