2013 Voter Guide

Candidates for 32nd City Council District

Lew M. Simon

Party Enrolled In: Democratic

Current Occupation: Private school teacher

Previous Occupation(s): Community liason for New York State Senate,

Education: Graduate Beach Channel High School, attended Brooklyn College

Organizational Affiliations: Executive Member Good Government Regular Democratic Club, Board of Directors Queens County St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee

Prior Public Experience: Assembly District Leader 1994-present

1. What is the most important issue in Council District 32 you would address if elected?

Rebuilding and Repair After hurricane Sandy devastated much of my district, we are need of strong leadership to make sure that we get much neded protection in the areas affected.We need seawalls, new boardwalk, floodgates in Jamaica Bay, double dune systems and Hesco barriers.


2. What other important issues would you address if elected?

Transportation We will work to reopen the old Rockaway Beach LIRR line, get express buses to Manhattan 20 hours a day, elimination of the Crossbay Bridge toll for all Queens residents, a free or $2.00 ferry from Howard Beach and Rockaway to run 7 days a week. Get rid of camera lights on Crossbay and Woodhaven Boulevards, and HOV lanes during peak hours.

Education Build enough schools so every family will have a good neighborhood school for all their children. Middle and high schools must be old fashioned, community zoned schools, making that bullying is ended. Stop the closing of schools and the shuffling of students and teachers. Give resources for improvement.

Health Care We need a new state of the art community hospital in the Rockaways.

Seniors No closing or cuts for senior centers.

Quality of life Assign one building inspector to each community board to stop illegal conversions.


3. What makes you the best candidate for this office?

PERSONAL SERVICE WORKING 25 HOURS A DAY. No phone call goes unreturned. I have established great working relationships with city, state and federal agencies to get immediate assisttance. Street lights, potholes, water bills, Social Security, NYC Buildings Dep't, Rapid Repair etc. We attend all meetings and community events and make myself available to assist with fundraising. I am probably the most accessible elected official. As your elected Councilman with a staff, I will be able to do 10 times more. My heart is big, but I am a pitbull fighting for your needs. I never stop until I win.


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