2013-01-04 / Columnists

Simon says...

Commentary By Lew Simon

Lew M. Simon Lew M. Simon We would like to wish everyone a happy, healthy and peaceful New Year, as we all work together to rebuild and restore our beautiful Broad Channel, Rockaway and Breezy Point. We are aware that so many people are angry, upset and depressed, but we must come together as one.

We must demand the immediate dredging and replenishment of the beach sand, replacement of our vital walkway and storm protection, the boardwalk. They can use wood, cement or other material. We must be prepared for the next nor'easter or God forbid, a hurricane in the summer. With the climate change that has occurred in the last few years, we don't know what to expect.

We are also demanding that our mayor immediately repair our infrastructure. Almost all our streets and roads from Far Rockaway to Breezy Point have sink holes and major cracks and potholes too numerous to count. We cannot wait for warmer weather. We need it now. We are also demanding that the mayor authorize an extension of the Sanitation Department's garbage removal of storm related waste by the DSNY, not by private carters. We have been hit in the pocketbook enough already. A billion thank you’s to the DSNY for the outstanding job you have done. God bless all of you.

Many of you have called Rapid Repairs, “non-rapid repairs”. We have been in contact with Project Director Kathy Mallon, who has been just outstanding.

We have become an advocate for numerous sick, disabled and senior families who have had promises from Rapid Repairs, but we had to intercede to make it happen. Thank you Kathy for responding to our calls.

For shame on the U.S. Government for not making sure that all local Post Offices had trailers outside their facilities which are closed for repairs. The Rockaway Park P.O. has always been overcrowded. Why don't they have a trailer in the Waldbaum's parking lot next to the P.O.? Now, when many people do not have transportation the P.O. must act ASAP. I served on the Post Office Advisory Council which worked with the previous Postmaster to solve some of the delivery problems. Our new Postmaster must work with the community through the Council to restore acceptable service.

Congratulations to returning editor Kevin Boyle. We look forward to working together to rebuild our community through our voice in The Wave.

Do you need an expediter to move your plans through the NYC Department of Buildings? Laszlo works with various architects, engineers and electricians. He could get a new certificate of occupancy and new building permits and alterations at reasonable prices. He is also available to take care of all types of building department violations and ECB violations. You can reach him at 917-294-6540 or expeditorny@aol.com

As we try to put together the pieces of our Good Government Regular Democratic Club office we are still asking for donations and memberships. Membership is $25 for the year of 2013. Donations of any size will be accepted. Send your dues or donations to the Good Government Regular Democratic Club c/o Ocean Promenade Rehab Center, 140 Beach 113th Street, Rockaway Park, NY 11694. We are in need of basic supplies including pens, pencils, paper, scissors, staplers, markers, rulers, bulletin boards, desks and chairs. We need a printer who will donate the printing of membership application cards, and stationery for the GGRDC and for myself. We are always ready to help those who need us. Call me at (718) 945-1216 if you need help or you can help us help our community. We would appreciate that anyone who has pictures of our community efforts over the years get in touch with me. Even the picture of me at the age of nine fighting to keep the Arverne branch of the Queens library is gone.

The Moreland Act Commission appointed by Governor Andrew Cuomo is working on a report on the reasons for LIPA's failures during and after hurricane Sandy. Their Rockaway hearing scheduled for last Thursday was postponed. We demand that they schedule and publicize their new hearing date so we can tell them how we suffered and what needs to be done to prevent another disaster. LIPA has ignored Rockaway for too long.

We are disturbed that so many needed local stores have been unable to reopen. We will shortly be holding a major strategy meeting on rebuilding our community with our short and long term goals. We will be working closely with Assemblyman Goldfeder and Congressman Meeks.

We would like to once again thank the hundreds and thousands of volunteers who came to Rockaway, Broad Channel and Breezy Point to clean up and assist in repairs. Many who never heard of Rockaway before and those who grew up here joined in. It's really sad that when a number of volunteers commented on Facebook about our problems they were told to mind their own business because they don't live here. Please accept my apologies for those jerks who don't appreciate your concern.

The Inwood Buffet Hibachi and Grill on Burnside Avenue, next to Stop & Shop on Burnside Avenue, is a great place to eat although it is not in our own community. You can get all you can eat for $12.99 with lower prices for children.

We need to make sure that all the rubble on the north side of Rockaway Beach Boulevard from Beach 113th Street to Beach 115th Street is removed immediately. Every day as I pass by, I have to stop crying that my heart is still broken for all of us. My beautiful office is no more. The Department of Buildings and Comptroller's office must demand that the owners clean up the area. This is part of a disaster area. Why isn't it cleaned?

For the holidays, I went to see my good friend, Julia the hairstylist from Strands Hair Salon, who temporarily works at Salon Non-Pareil which is located at 2790 Avenue U in Brooklyn. I was very happy to see my Rockaway and Breezy friends. Strands will reopen as soon as repairs are done. In the meantime Julia is available for house calls at 718-431-3609. Sands Point Physical Therapy at 230 Beach 102nd Street had reopened. They helped me after an auto accident as well as many of our friends. It is good to see them open again.

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