2007-09-07 / Columnists

On The Beach

Ulrich And Deacy: Right Choice On Primary Day
Commentary By Beverly Baxter

BEVERLY BAXTER BEVERLY BAXTER Robert Frost wrote, "When has it been anything but treason to the heart of man than to go along with the drift of things?"

Rockaway Republicans throughout the peninsula will have an exciting opportunity to effectuate positive change in the direction of the district and to participate in a most democratic process: voting in the Republican Primary on September 18th.

Without sounding fake or cliché, I can't stress enough the importance of your presence at the polls and what your vote means to the Rockaway Republican Club and the momentum we have gained, thus far. In just a few short years, we have managed to mine a grassroots effort that began in George Greco's garage, to where we now have a charter, recognition at the city and state levels, and can boast an active membership of several hundred strong. And, oh yes, we've graduated from the garage to where we host monthly meetings that are attended by state-wide candidates and elected officials at the Belle Harbor Yacht Club.

I am personally asking you to come out and join me, Tom Lynch, and many others who have embarked on this mission to build the local Republican Party, and vote for Eric Ulrich and Jane Deacy for the contested District Leadership positions on Tuesday, September 18th.

You have often read about Eric Ulrich, who I refer to as the hope of the Republican Party, in my columns, as I have been most impressed with him for quite some time.

He is a unique and refreshing blend of youthful optimism and high hopes, coupled with a seasoned wisdom that is enhanced by his dedication, hard work and service to the constituency. He hails originally from Ozone Park, where he had studied in the seminary and aspired to serve his faith as a priest.

The leap from the priesthood to politics was a rather natural transition for Eric, as he has always sought to serve his community.

He graduated from St. Francis College and is currently studying for his advanced degree in Government and Public Administration at St. John's University.

His public service has been notable as well and has gained the attention of the Republican County Committee and its Chairman, who has enthusiastically endorsed Eric's candidacy for District Leader.

He has worked in the City Council, as well as for the Department of Homeland Security at Kennedy Airport. He has worked on numerous campaigns, mounted a formidable campaign of his own two years ago where he came within 124 votes of winning, the closest margin in any city race! The experience has only heightened his resolve to continue.

He is also joined and encouraged by his fiancée, Yarida Moran, a scholarly person in her own right, who has participated with Eric in many local events.

When Eric was seeking a running mate for the co-leader position, he needed not look any further than Breezy Point's own, Jane Deacy.

Since she entered into the race several months ago, she has made quite a splash with her candid views on the issues germane to the Republican Party in the 23rd A.D., and she brings a no nonsense and direct approach to the position.

Jane Deacy is a trail blazer, in the quintessential sense of the word. Throughout her career as the first woman police officer to patrol the streets of South Brooklyn and Fort Apache, the Bronx, she seeks to break new ground.

In addition, she has enjoyed successful careers as an actress on the hit TV franchise, "Law and Order" and as a teacher at St. Camillus School.

She is also the wife of the well-renowned singer, Ed Deacy. Together, the Deacys have raised their children in Breezy, have participated in many of the Cooperative's endeavors and have gained the respect and admiration of their neighbors and fellow Republicans.

While Eric articulates and personifies the hope of the Republican Party, Jane Deacy is its cheerleader! "I view the District Leader position as a spokesperson position, to encourage party participation, voter enrollment and turn-out, to make people, who had been marginalized in the past, feel excited about the process again."

Equally enthusiastic, Eric Ulrich states that "for too many years, there has been a one-party democratic monopoly that has stagnated and taken all that is good out of our area.

This monopoly has bred complacency and lack of fair competition on the political field. I say we need to end politics as usual.

We need a Republican Party that is not afraid to fight back; not one that's going to capitulate and cut deals behind closed doors."

We need to continue to grow the party, cultivate and promote viable candidates and not just token opposition.

Many elected officials and leaders throughout the county, city and state will be watching how Rockaway turns out in this important election. We need to send a message with our voting numbers that Rockaway matters...And finally, we will have Republican District Leaders whom we can all be proud of.

***If you need transportation to the polls, please call 718-318-1515.

***And also remember when you cast your vote for Eric Ulrich and Jane Deacy, that you also cast your vote for your neighbors who will appear on the ballot for a seat on the County Committee.

See you....at the polls!

***Congratulations to my dear, simply creative friend, Liz Smith Breslin, who, along with two other artistic partners, will have already opened their doors to their new store, The Blue Bungalow!

The store is located on Rockaway Beach Boulevard and Beach 113 Street.

You will be dazzled the moment you walk in the door.

***Liz will also be joining many other skilled artisans who will show and sell their work at the Rockaway Music and Arts Council's Fall Festival. You will find potters, glass blowers, stained glass, photography, beach writings, jewelry, fabrics, and so much more.

Bring your holiday list and consider the many one-of-a-kind artist-made gifts for everyone on your list.

***Happy Birthday wishes to sweet 7-year-old Kayla Johnson.

See you...at the fair!

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