2009-01-23 / Letters

A Candidate You Can Vote For

Dear Editor,

Just when you thought the political season was over, Mayor Bloomberg announced the Special Election on February 24, 2009 to fill the vacancy in the 32nd City Council that was Senator Joseph Addabbo's. As you are probably aware of by now, due to being approached for your signature wherever you go, there are many wanna-be candidates looking to get on the ballot to run for this seat. The Council district is not the same as the Assembly District. In fact, the geographical area encompasses Breezy Point, Neponsit, Belle Harbor, Rockaway Beach, Broad Channel, Howard Beach, Ozone Park, South Ozone Park, Woodhaven, Richmond Hill and South Richmond Hill. It is a very large area and each community has issues that need to be addressed.

Eric Ulrich is my co-leader in the 23rd Assembly District. He is a candidate for City Council and I am asking you all to support his candidacy even though this is a non-partisan election. Eric Ulrich and I won this election a year and a half ago, when the presence of the Republican party in the 23rd AD barely existed. I tell you now, and if you are a member of the Rockaway Republicans or one of the other two clubs in the district, the Ronald Reagan Club of Howard Beach or the Angelo Graci Club in Ozone Park, you know, it is because of the efforts, knowledge and commitment of this man, that the Republicans ran an aggressive and challenging campaign with Jerry Sullivan for Assembly. With this two party system alive and kicking, I do expect us all to get better service and transparent accountability from all of our government officials. We certainly need only to look at our impeached Illinois Governor Blagojevich to know that we are all better off with the watchdogs of a two party system. We all know that Democrats have the majority in the City Council. The few Republicans there are our watchdogs. This Council seat was held by Republican Al Stabile, before Joe Addabbo, and it can be won by Eric Ulrich with your support.

Eric Ulrich is from Ozone Park and in his campaign for State Committeeman he needed to address the constituents of Ozone Park, as well as Howard Beach, Broad Channel, and the Rockaways. Although this elected position is an unpaid position, he has more than adequately performed his job as District Leader. We have built the base of Republicans, staffed more Republican inspectors at the polls and ran a qualified candidate for Assembly this past November, Jerry Sullivan. If he were up for a raise, he would be getting a big raise and a bonus to boot. That is why the three Republican Clubs and the Queens GOP have unanimously endorsed his candidacy even though this is a nonpartisan election. Everyone who knows and everyone who meets Eric Ulrich is impressed with this man and recognizes that he will have a long and successful career in politics. He already is appreciative of the people in the 23rd AD for believing in him and allowing him to serve as State Committeeman. He will not disappoint us as a City Councilman and I will be right there to remind him of his promise not to treat Broad

Channel and the Rockaways as an orphan child as others have.

People have asked why Eric Ulrich and I were not at the Cross Bay Bridge demonstration along with the other District Leaders and officials, to protest the repeal of the resident rebate program. I do not want to say it is because we are Republican but it is difficult to attend a demonstration that is called for by Borough President Helen Marshall, when we were never notified. I have to assume that it was an oversight and that it will not happen again, as I have contacted Helen Marshall's office requesting to be informed of any actions or demonstrations being planned involving the 23rd AD. The fact that Eric Ulrich did attend the Madison Avenue MTA hearing on December 10 and spoke to the issue as did others, attests to the fact that he is informed and does care about our issues. Change is the mantra that Presidentelect Obama won on. I think we all want change. Change is what Eric Ulrich is going to provide when he gets to City Hall with your help and support. Eric Ulrich represents the future. As a man about to be married, he has a vested interest to stay here in New York and to make sure that other young people want to stay here as well. He wants to make sure that people can find work so they can support and raise a family here. Eric is part of the next generation and I am happy to entrust to him, with all the technology he can employ, my future. You can learn more about him at www.ericulrich.com and you can also express your concerns with him for your community at that site.

In the interest of providing information on all the candidates in an objective way, The Wave publication has arranged for a Candidate Forum to be held on February 9, 2009 at 7 p.m. to be held at the West End Temple located at 147-02 Newport Avenue, Rockaway, and I thank them for doing that. I invite and encourage every reader to attend, meet the candidates and listen to what they have to say. This will be an important Special Election and I want you all to make an informed decision. I have no doubt that you will agree with me and the Queens GOP that Eric Ulrich is one impressive candidate who deserves your vote.


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