2009-07-24 / Top Stories

City Council 32 Candidates File Petitions

By Nicholas Briano

Republican incumbent Eric Ulrich (left) and Democratic challenger Frank Gulluscio (right) filed their nominating petitions with the New York City Board of Elections last week. Republican incumbent Eric Ulrich (left) and Democratic challenger Frank Gulluscio (right) filed their nominating petitions with the New York City Board of Elections last week. In the campaign for November's 32 District City Council race, although Democrat Frank Gulluscio and the incumbent, Republican Eric Ulrich, have raised nearly equal amounts of funding, Gulluscio has more than double the number of nominating petitions, filed last week with the Board of Elections.

Gulluscio has filed more than 5,500 signatures with the New York City Board of Elections while Ulrich has garnered only 2,300. The City Council requirement for the number of acceptable signatures is 900 registered voters of the district. Even though both candidates far exceeded this number of signatures, candidates often try to eliminate as many of their opponents' signatures as possible in an attempt to knock the other(s) off the ballot.

Often a candidate will strive to achieve at minimum twice the number required, knowing that some signatures will not be accepted due to the strict requirements set by the Board of Elections.

That is exactly what happened to Gulluscio this past February in the special election that saw Ulrich as the victor. Gulluscio had the majority of his signatures invalidated for numerous reasons, which got him thrown off the ballot, paving the way for Ulrich to defeat his closest contender, Lew Simon, by more than 1,000 votes.

Gulluscio is confident this time around and has more than six times the number of signatures needed, all but assuring him a spot on the ballot in November. It was also announced in the spring that Lew Simon has decided to not run against him in a Democratic primary.

"I want to thank all of the dedicated volunteers who sacrificed their free time to join me as we work to retake this council seat. I have been overwhelmed by the support that I have found so far in the community and I am eager to begin the campaign. I want to be a voice for the entire district," Gulluscio said in a press release this week. "I am happy to have such varied and diverse support as I make my bid to be this area's next City Councilman."

According to a press release from Ulrich, the number of his petitions is more than twice the number needed to secure the Republican Party Line for the upcoming election.

As of this week, Gulluscio has raised $22,932 compared to Ulrich's $20,645. But Ulrich has only spent $7,000, while Gulluscio has already spent $17,000. The general election is set for November 3.

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