2013-12-13 / Columnists

Simon says...

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

I’d like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year. May this year bring peace, health, happiness and lots of money for all.

We attended the tree lighting on Beach 116th Street. It was a beautiful event. We attended the Breezy Point tree lighting and had the honor and pleasure of wishing everyone Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

We also attended the Grand Reception of the Bangladeshi-American Democratic Council of NY honoring Rep. Hakeem Jeffries. We had the distinct honor and pleasure of being an invited guest. I had the opportunity to speak and thanked all for their overwhelming support in my campaign. No cigar in winning, but they came out overwhelmingly in the Ozone Park, Woodhaven community.

On Saturday evening, there was a holiday get together to thank me for my years of service at the Irish Circle. It was a great surprise to me to have all of my friends which I consider family being there, the company was excellent, the food wonderful, and the service above and beyond. We definitely recommend the Irish Circle.

We are deeply saddened by the death of four distinguished friends. Jerry Rogoff was one of the owners of Rogoff’s stationary store, a great friend to the community and wonderful to all. Mary Buckley was an outstanding lady who had a heart of gold, involved in her church and Irish cultural affairs. A class act, Peggy Dwyer, was another outstanding lady was very active in Irish cultural affairs who I knew almost all my life. Elizabeth Glennon, a fine lady of class was always smiling, always happy, involved in everything you can think of and as sweet as can be. Her smile lit up the room. All four of these wonderful people are in God’s kingdom as special angels.

The Good Government Regular Democratic Club will be putting together a large Town Hall meeting at the Beacon (formerly Ocean Promenade) Rehab Center, 140 Beach 113th Street on a Thursday evening at 7:30 p.m. We expect to bring down our newly elected city officials, and appointed commissioners. You will get a chance to question these guests and get some answers. We will also be in the process of putting together our new Board of Directors. You may join by sending your check for $25, or $125 silver, and $250 gold to GGRDC at Beacon Rehab. We are looking for local attorneys, real estate and stock brokers, nurses, housewives, students and teachers to get involved with their club and community. By joining us you can network with our local community and make new friends.

We are planning a New Year’s Eve party in the Grand Ballroom of the Beacon Rehab where we meet. Your only cost will be for refreshments. If you call (718) 945-1216, we will let you know the cost. Call in if you can donate food or beverage.

Congratulations to my friend Bill Bratton who was chosen as the next police commissioner. One of the first jobs he performed as Commissioner in January, 1994 was to present diplomas to the second graduating class of the Citizen Police Academy, and I proudly received my diploma from him. He was the one who introduced community policing. We look forward to this program being revived.

Monday evening we attended the Queens County Democratic Organization holiday party, We spent time talking with our leaders such as Comptroller elect Scott Stringer, Congress members Joe Crowley and Carolyn Maloney, Borough President Helen Marshall, City Council members Melissa Mark Viverito, Dan Garodnick, James Vacca and Mark Weprin who are candidates for Council Speaker, incoming Borough President Melinda Katz, Deputy Borough President Leroy Comrie, our State Senator Joe Addabbo, District Attorney Richard A. Brown and our closest colleagues County Clerk Audrey Pheffer, City Council member Donovan Richards, Mary Lu and Jamie Plunkett, our State Committeewoman, District Leaders Frank Galluscio and Geraldine Chapey, her mother State Regent Geraldine Chapey and Executive Member Betty Braton. We discussed getting money in the new city budget for keeping the Rockaway ferry and building our new boardwalk.

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