2017-05-26 / Columnists

Simon Says

By Lew M. Simon, Democratic District Leader


Lew Simon Lew Simon As we sit here tonight preparing our column, I have been wrestling back and forth in my head for several months, not knowing what to do about running for City Council. The Queens County Organization, my colleagues in government who are Democratic District Leaders, as well as city, state and federal elected officials have offered their endorsement and full support. Realizing that I can definitely win the Democratic primary overwhelming and listening to so many constituents made my decision very difficult.

It’s going to be four years since I came close to winning election and becoming city councilman. For a number of hours I believed the voters would make me the winner and I was on cloud nine, but unfortunately no cigar.

At this time I have come up with the thought this is not the right time, seeing the popularity of Councilman Eric Ulrich with so many Democrats, and not being able to find a reason for a clear path to victory, I do not want to come close again. I want to win.

I will not be seeking the position as city councilman at this time. I will continue my hard work going into my 23rd year as Assembly district leader. I want to thank everyone for their continued love and support. I am extremely proud of my proven track record with 23 years of proven accomplishments. I look forward to announcing my plans to run for city council next time around whether in a special election or the primary and regular election. I want to thank everyone from the bottom of my heart for your love and continued support. I must keep smiling and we look forward to having our summer town hall meeting with the Good Government Regular Democratic Club.

It has come to our attention that the old Rockaway Park Hotel, 156 Beach 116th St. has some sort of program like a homeless shelter for convicted felons with records of attempted rape. We are trying to set up a meeting with the owners and elected officials. We plan to picket if warranted. It’s now time the city and state stop dumping on our community.

We attended the Community Board 14 Land Use Committee meeting on Wednesday. The FDNY is attempting to move Engine 268 and Ladder 137 to a new building to be built on the vacant HSBC site at Beach 116th Street and Beach Channel Drive. The current bank building has been vacant since Hurricane Sandy. David Harney, chief of staff to the Deputy Fire Commissioner, said no price has been set on the new building. The required ULURP has not been done. Committee members questioned the choice of location. We fully support the plan for a new firehouse to be built on Beach 116th Street.

The ferry has been so popular at various times of the day like 5:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. to and from Manhattan that we need a larger ferry or additional ferry service. This is not yet the summer season and the passengers are local residents.

We would like to thank Verizon Wireless at 273 Beach 116th St. for stepping up to the plate and donating a beautiful iPad to the Wroblewski family whose apartment at 102-00 SFP was destroyed in a fire. This sure brought smiles to the faces of the children, Julia and Casper. We urge everyone to stop by and thank them and see if they can meet your wireless needs.

Election time is coming. We need poll inspectors, information clerks and Spanish, Chinese, Bengali and Hindu interpreters for primary day and Election Day. The pay is $200 a day plus $100 for required training and a $75 bonus for working both days. You must be a registered Democrat in the 23 A.D. Part B (west of Beach 95 St. and west side of Broad Channel. If you are not yet registered we can help you. Call 718-945-1216 immediately for an appointment. There are vacancies in Howard Beach and Ozone Park.

We are deeply saddened by the death of an outstanding community activist, Sara Gliboff. Sara was a member of Community Board 14 and gave her time to working for our community. She was always there to assist and guide me with various Democratic issues. Sara was a Holocaust survivor. She was deeply involved in the planning of the new state of the art Addabbo Health Center. An angel on earth, she will be an extra special angel in God’s heaven and will shine down and be a guardian angel watching over Rockaway.

Last Monday evening CEC 27 recommended the naming of the new public school in Ozone Park for Art Beroff, a member of the former District 27 School Board who brought the gifted and talented programs into our district. He helped convert P.S. 207 to a K-8 school. Even when he was undergoing chemo he continued to advocate for the children of District 27.

The Good Government Regular Democratic Club welcomes your membership. Send your dues to GGRDC c/o Beacon Rehab, 140 Beach 113 St., Rockaway Park 11694. Call for help with your community problems.

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Your a good man lew simion

Your a good man lew simion the coalition of the rockaways supports you bruce Jacobs would likes to debate councilman donnavan Richards no holds bared anytime any place are you afraid donnavan no more shelter hotels no more shelter in the old Dayton village building that lew Simon worked with bruce jacobstrying to stop this places bring it on Donovan I know you have the political hacks on your side debate me in the meen time can you please push the.ferry bus instead of not talking about it donnavan the editor of the wave is in your pocket debate me


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