I believe that most of the Democrats who are endorsing Lew Simon are doing so because he is a Democrat, not because they know him or know anything about what he is like.
My one and only contact with him occurred many years ago after Temple Beth El closed the senior center they were running.
Because my Mother had used the center and enjoyed it, and even though she had already passed on, Frances Merel, my wife, decided to work to have the center reopened. She worked tirelessly and was successful in having the center reopened.
A few days before the reopening ceremony my wife and I ran into Lew Simon in Waldbaum’s, when he told us he would see us at the ceremony. I asked him why he was coming and he said he was coming because he had caused the center to be reopened and was going to be recognized for his work.
Knowing that he had nothing to do with the reopening of the center, I told him he would be sorry if he showed up.
He didn’t, but it showed me what kind of person Lew Simon is - someone who lives for approval and recognition even if he didn’t do anything to deserve it.
At one time at a meeting when Lew Simon said he had gone to Brooklyn College (where I was an adjunct professor for ten years), I checked and found that he had not graduated from Brooklyn College. Even now, in his bio in the General Election Voters Guide he says “attended Brooklyn College”.
What does that mean? For a night course or what? When someone says they had gone to a college, it means - to most of us that - they had graduated from that college. He was and still is trying to mislead us into thinking he is a graduate of Brooklyn College.
I don’t want that kind of person representing me – in anyway - especially in as important a job as City Councilman. Lew Simon scares me.
I want to be represented by a normal, educated person who will represent the interests of his constituents and not someone whose main interest is in getting approval from people.
I have been a Democrat all my life, but this is one time I will vote for whoever runs against Lew Simon. Fortunately we have a good candidate in Eric Ulrich.
If it is true that Lew Simon’s job doesn’t pay a salary, it seems that for years he has kept it for whatever approval and recognition he receives from having that position. I hope to hear from psychologists in our neighborhood on how they would describe such a person.