2011-09-30 / Columnists

Simon says...

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

I want to wish all of my Jewish family L’Shana Tova, a happy new year, to you and your family. May this year bring peace in the world.

We want to congratulate newly appointed CEO Todd Miller at Peninsula Hospital Center. We are very glad that the hospital is now in Chapter 11, which will clear the decks so that they can pay current expenses.

The plan is to put $27 million into major renovations including new elevators and a new roof for our community hospital. They will make major renovations throughout the building.

Now that the elections are over we would like to congratulate the winners, newly elected Congressman Bob Turner and State Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder. We hope that Congressman Turner will take swift action to make sure that the major erosion that occurred from Beach 90 Street on up is corrected immediately. The fascia boards along the back of the boardwalk collapsed allowing ocean water to come onto Shorefront Parkway. Chess tables and benches were destroyed. We are hoping for quick action by FEMA and the Army Corps of Engineers to build jetties and replenish lost sand. We are in deep trouble if we are hit by a hurricane or Nor’easter before our protection is restored. We lost a much needed ramp that allowed seniors and the disabled access to beach and boardwalk.

Gateway National Recreation Area has not been friendly to the neighborhood.

Currently the Rockaway Little League is negotiating for a new lease for the ball field they built as volunteers. The Rockaway Artists Alliance and Rockaway Theatre Company need our continued support and we must allow the Rockaway Music and Arts Council to re-institute the summer concerts and Fall Festival at Fort Tilden. We must protect Jamaica Bay by continuing our longstanding opposition to the extension of JFK runways into the bay. We look forward to working with Congressman Turner on these and other issues for the betterment of our district.

Newly elected Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder kept his promise to me to begin working for the elimination of the Cross Bay Bridge toll and improved transportation for the peninsula. It was a pleasure to accompany Phil to meet with the members at the Roxbury Peoples Association on Sunday.

On Saturday evening I attended the annual party in Roxbury and had a blast. It’s great to be able to let your hair down, what’s left of it, and spend time with my Roxbury family.

We have some corrections and additions to our list of those who helped save Peninsula Hospital. Eighty-eightyear old Ruby Bradley came out to our community rallies every night even in the rain. We’d like to thank Greg Guinard and Donna Travers who never missed an afternoon or evening rally. We must never forget Joe Mure who should be canonized a saint for all his patience and brilliant negotiating to save our hospital.

Last Wednesday we were proud to take part in a major rally at Dayton Beach Park Coop to support hardworking maintenance workers out on strike for three months since July 3. It’s time that the coop signs the contract and lets the workers go back to work. It’s important that shareholders come out to vote in their October election for the Board of Directors. It’s time to vote President Jennifer Grady out of office.

She has sent disgusting letters to the shareholders with falsehoods regarding people making derogatory remarks about her appearance or race.

This was a multicultural rally including every ethnic group. Among those attending were Rev. Evan Grey, Local 32BJ VP Kyle Bragg, City Clerk Audrey Pheffer, Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder, Fred Simmons representing State Senator Malcolm Smith, and Councilman James Sanders.

Councilman Eric Ulrich and his Republican co-leader Jane Deacy did not attend. There were excellent speeches by residents including former Dayton President Joanne Smith. This rally was an extremely important step in getting the message out to the community and shareholders.

Some of the shareholders are being fooled by Jennifer Grady who constantly distorts the truth. It is time for the shareholders to wake up and realize the truth and the importance of voting in their election. At no time do any of us want to raise your maintenance costs.

Don’t be fooled by the propaganda. If you don’t believe what she says, ask for an open meeting so shareholders can get the real truth. There has not been an open meeting in a very long time. The president rules with an iron fist. She seems to be setting positions and policies on your behalf without a vote by the Board.

Our Good Government Regular Democratic Club looks forward to hosting a number of outstanding elected city officials during the next months.

We meet on Thursday evenings at 114-20 Rockaway Beach Boulevard. Our phone is 718-945-1216. If you need us we are just a phone call away.

Everyone is welcome to become a member. Dues are $25 a year, but you don’t have to be a member to come to a meeting or just drop in. There are still positions available to serve on the election board on Election Day, November 8. If you are a registered Democrat in the 23rd A.D. and are willing to work from 5:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., call my office. The pay is $200 with $100 pay for a required training class.

After a big mess caused by the hurricane, we stayed on top of Verizon to make sure the cable failure was corrected and parcels and heavy letters can be entered in the postal system in Rockaway Park. If you see or hear any notice that the Rockaway Beach or Edgemere Post Offices are to be closed call my office. We are prepared to organize a rally to save them.We urge that anyone who is looking for a job, apply at Resorts World at Aqueduct. There are many types of work available including security, cashiers, customer relations, electrician, carpenters, food and beverage management, line cook, payroll coordinator, PC technician, receptionist, and valet attendants. The office is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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