Commentary by Howard Schwach
Many Rockaway voters were caught in a real bind when they went to the polls on February 24th.
Chapey was reportedly demonic after the election, particularly over the fact that Lew Simon, her hated alter ego as Democratic District Leader, beat her by more than 1500 votes. Hopefully, that will be the last we see of Chapey in the political arena, and that she will soon be investigated by the Department of Investigations to find out just how she spends the taxpayer money she receives.
Can you imagine his standing up at a City Council meeting and telling the other members of the body that he was now there “with his pitbull teeth” to set them all straight on how the city should be run. Simon has already become a laughingstock among those city officials who have to address Rockaway problems. He probably believes his intransigence is the right way to do business, but in the real world, particularly in a deliberative body, consensus and compromise are the keys. Simon is perfect right where he is. He is already on or two steps above his competency level, and it would be bad fore Rockaway should he wind up representing us off the peninsula. We laugh at his antics and his lies and say, “oh, that’s only Lew.” That would not happen in the City Council.
“This is still a democratic town,” he said. “If the party can keep the loonies out of the race, it will not even be close in November.”