2009-06-19 / Community

Ed Koch Gives Ulrich Council Endorsement

By Nicholas Briano

Ulrich has been endorsed this week by former New York City Mayor Ed Koch. Ulrich has been endorsed this week by former New York City Mayor Ed Koch. Former New York City Mayor Ed Koch, a Democrat, has given his endorsement to newly elected City Councilmember Eric Ulrich, a Republican, for reelection this fall against Democratic Party choice Frank Gulluscio, according to officials.

Ulrich will face off against Gulluscio in this November's general election for the District 32 City Council seat. Ulrich had previously defeated Lew Simon, among other contenders, in last February's special election to fill the seat vacated by the former councilmember, Joseph P. Addabbo Jr., who left for a State Senate seat.

"I believe that the City Council best represents the people when it has strong bi-partisan leadership. I support Eric Ulrich because I think he is a superb public servant who will best represent his district during these uncertain times," Koch said in a press release.

Ulrich said, "I am truly honored to have Mayor Koch's endorsement. He is a remarkable man with a wonderful sense of humor, and a genuine love for New York. My reelection campaign will compete for every vote, regardless of party affiliation. Mayor Koch's willingness to cross party lines is further proof of that."

At 24, he is the youngest serving member of the City Council, and one of only three Republicans. Despite the Democratic enrollment advantage in the district, Ulrich says he remains optimistic for the fall.

"My district votes for people, not parties. Fiorello LaGuardia put it best when he said 'there is no Democratic or Republican way of cleaning the streets.' I was elected to serve all of my constituents, and I will run on that premise," he said.

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