2013-02-01 / Columnists

Simon says...

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

We are proud to announce the opening of our new office and headquarters of the Good Government Regular Democratic Club and my district office as Assembly District Leader. We are located at the Ocean Promenade Rehab Center, 140 Beach 113th Street. Parking is available in the adjacent lot and the facility is handicapped accessible. At this time we will meet by appointment in the evening after 5 p.m. Call 718-945-1216 if you want to come in to chat or have any issues that need our help.

We are looking forward to announcing a schedule of regular meetings on topics affecting our community. We need your participation and financial support. Membership dues are $25 for the year and we accept donations of any size that you can afford. We help everyone no matter where you live or what party you voted for in the last election. Send your check to the Good Government Regular Democratic Club c/o Ocean Promenade Rehab Center.

As January 31st approaches it is the 17th anniversary of my mom Jennie’s death. There is never a day that goes by that I don’t want to call her. Mom was my best friend and advocate. My sister Fran and I always argue if we had a chance to spend some time with mom again what would we do. My sister said she would ask my mom to make roast beef and potato latkes.

LewI say we would go out and have her favorite, prime ribs.

Just a couple of weeks ago, one of my mom’s dear friends, Florence Weiss, passed away. I'm sure my mom greeted her at the gates of heaven. Flo taught mom how to take her insulin many years ago. We’re sure Florence is another wonderful angel. One of my mom’s favorite charities was the Philip Port Memorial Unit of the American Cancer Society, She spent many nights at its meetings, and fundraisers selling daffodils and raffles.

My mom sold Avon for over 35 years and rose to the rank of President’s Club, the highest honor. For a number of years mom ran the local chapter of the AARP. Mom used to go with me to all the meetings and advocate for all of us in our community.

At one point we attended a meeting of the Bayswater Civic Association. The president of the organization at that time was handing out awards to people for stopping the construction of a homeless shelter in our community. We favored permanent housing and productive work for the homeless and not having them wander the streets of our neighborhood every day. Yours truly did a large part of the work and was not recognized. My mom stood up and asked where was my award. She was told to sit down and shut up and we were escorted out by a police officer.

My mom did not take any guff. She had a heart of gold and helped all. That’s where I get my love, my big heart and lots of chutzpah. Mom, I miss you. I love you. I wish we could see you back here on earth. We are not ready to go to heaven.

We welcome the Belle Harbor Chemists which has reopened at 412 Beach 129th Street. Patronize the local stores that serve and give back to our community. We look forward to having them all back. The Citibank branch at 113-01 Beach Channel Drive has reopened and has all services. They offer a no fee checking account for seniors over 62.

On Sunday evening we met with Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder, our community angel. We discussed the new FEMA maps that are due out soon. These maps are used to predict where flooding may occur. They are also be used to set flood insurance rates and may be used to determine where and what kind of houses may be built. We have concerns about eligibility for flood insurance and required changes to get building approval under the city building code.

Phil and I discussed the importance of having meetings to make sure we are not hurt in any way.

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