2013-03-22 / Columnists

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


The Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department strikes pose with Lew Simon at the annual BCVFD dinner dance. The Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department strikes pose with Lew Simon at the annual BCVFD dinner dance. We are extremely proud of U.S. Senator Charles Schumer, Uncle Chucky, for securing much needed funding to secure our beaches from another disaster. Thanks to his godson Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder and great Congressman Gregory Meeks, we are looking forward to sand replenishment. We are still unhappy with the 1 ½ year study they say is needed to decide the importance and location of jetties and T groins. What about Breezy Point? Sand needs to be replaced there also. We can’t sit and wait too long because we will never know when another hurricane will hit us.

Join us on Saturday to go to City Hall for a press conference to demand that NYC step up to the plate. The Friends of Rockaway Beach led by John Cori and Eddie Pastore have a bus leaving from the Beach 94th Street parking lot at 10:15 a.m. At 12 noon we will tell this mayor and future mayors that we are still hurting in Rockaway and city agencies must give us final say on local plans. Show up with your signs.

We attended Community Board 14 meeting where they had people with some much needed answers concerning counseling available through Rockaway Project Hope.

We attended the annual Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department installation dance at the K of C. We were reduced to tears when a video was shown of the destruction that Sandy caused to Broad Channel residents and the BCVFD which lost all of their vehicles but continued serving the community with borrowed vehicles. We were sitting with our friend Ray Negron who said that he saw his life go before him as he thought he was going to die on the night of the storm. He spent endless days and nights helping to rescue residents with the BCVFD.

In 2004 we marched with Hillary Clinton in Broad Channel and she made a commitment to obtain money for a new firehouse. Now the money is there and they are ready to build but the Department of Buildings and FEMA are giving them a hard time. This firehouse is now needed more than ever. We are ready to assist them in any we can as we have done in the past.

We are deeply saddened by the death of two outstanding ladies, Nora Gallagher and Margaret Shevlin. Both of these ladies were very involved in their churches and Golden Age groups. These wonderful women of class, were loving, caring and big hearted. God must have needed special angels. Deepest sympathy to the families.

On Sunday evening we sat with our Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder to discuss the future of Rockaway, Broad Channel and Breezy Point. What a great guy.

We had the pleasure of sitting with members of the Rockaway Youth Task Force headed by President Milan Taylor. They are an outstanding organization that has done the right thing for the whole peninsula especially during hurricane Sandy. Please make a donation to them at their office at 1920 Mott Avenue.

Our Good Government Regular Democratic Club welcomes your membership ($25) and donations. Our office is now located at the Ocean Promenade Rehab at 140 Beach 113th Street, Rockaway Park NY 11694. You can call us at 718-945-1216 for an appointment to come in to chat or get help with a community problem.

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