2011-10-14 / Columnists

Simon says...

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

We want to once again thank all in the community who came together to keep Peninsula Hospital open. We were very happy to be united with so many concerned community activists. Thursday, October 20 is a big day for the shareholders of Dayton Beach Park. After a long battle since May with the Local 32 BJ maintenance workers and constant lies and venom coming from President Jennifer Grady, it is now time for the shareholders at Dayton Beach Park to vote for a slate of good people who don’t have a personal agenda but are there for all the shareholders.

It is time to take back the quality of life that Dayton Beach Park wants and deserves. It is imperative for shareholders to exercise your right to vote. If you do not vote you can’t complain. Many shareholders have put their life savings into purchasing a beautiful beach front coop. Let’s continue to keep Dayton Beach together in a positive way to protect your investment and quality of life. We are urging you to come out and vote for the following slate of seven candidates: JOANNE LARCHEVEQUE, SAL PALISI, DONNA LONG, ROBIN HILA, LUCIE LIMOGELLI, JOSEPH BLUNT, TOM HARRISON

The residents of Dayton Beach cannot vote in my district, but I never see district lines. I always try to be there to help all the people. I consider the shareholders of Dayton Beach my family as I know many of them all my life. I am urging all to come out and vote this month. We urge that the voting be monitored carefully and that shareholders mail in ballots as requested.

We are deeply saddened by the death of two outstanding individuals.

Dolores Hopp knew me all my life. She was a lady of class who gave long hours to her church, community and various organizations. For a number of years Dolores spent day and night volunteering at the Red Door on Rockaway Beach Boulevard at Beach 99 Street which raises money for the St. Johns Boys Home. Back in 1987 when we started our monthly Atlantic City bus trips Dolores was always there to help fill the bus. She was a wonderful mother and grandmother with a heart of gold. We know she will be a special angel in God’s Kingdom in Heaven.

We are deeply saddened by the death of Joseph DiCannio who was like a father to me. He helped to make a difference in our community. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He was always there to lend a hand.

Every year for the last 12 years Joe has taken time to drive me in the Queens County St. Patrick’s Day Parade. He would always say how proud he was to hear people screaming, “Lew, Lew how we love you.” Joe owned his own construction company and hired all union labor. For the last 15 years I spent most Jewish and other holidays with the Di Cannios.

When you speak of Joe DiCannio you speak of a class act. He and his lovely wife, Roberta, have helped me through the years helping to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for my campaigns and keeping the Democratic club open. God must have needed an extra special angel to run business in heaven because Joe was an excellent, successful businessman with a great heart.

My deepest sympathy to both families. We are proud of those Americans who are occupying Wall Street looking to take back the principles of equal economic rights. All Americans should pay their fair share of our taxes and we must try to give everyone the chance to find a good job. We urge you to join the Good Government Regular Democratic Club. Government and politics is not a spectator sport. We cannot take care of our community or nation unless everyone gets involved. Joining the Democratic club will give you a chance to get together with your neighbors to work to improve our community and nation. We look forward to an exciting election for president and Congress in 2012 and for mayor and other city offices in 2013. You will get a chance to meet candidates and ask questions. The dues are only $25. Send it to the Good Government Club at 114-20 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, Rockaway Park 11694.

If you have any community problem do not hesitate to call me at 718-945- 1216. We work as a team with our new Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder. He has hit the ground running. We expect to meet with the new executive director of the MTA to discuss the elimination of the toll on the Cross Bay Bridge and the improvement of mass transit including obtaining more express buses.

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