It is hard to believe that we are approaching the next political season as the Primary Day elections will take placeSeptember 15, 2009, next Tuesday. I know that here in the 23 AD and 32 Council District it feels as if we just had an election and we did. In February, my co-leader, Eric Ulrich, won handily in a special election, and became the youngest City Councilman; he has been very busy representing his constituents. I can attest to the fact that Eric takes his oath very seriously and has been working hard to address the many concerns that are brought to his attention. He is asking for your in the upcoming NOVEMBER election as there is no primary for the Republicans on September 15.
I have found that many people are confused as to the purpose of the primary election. If a party has an endorsed candidate then there is no need to hold a primary election. It is only necessary to hold a primary election when there is more than one person wanting to run from the same party and that party holds a primary election so that the constituents of that party can decide who will get their party's line. Such is the case this upcoming election where there are several candidates within the Democratic Party seeking to run for the positions of Mayor, Public Advocate, Comptroller, Borough President and City Councilmembers in different Council Districts. There will not be a primary election for the Republicans in our district because the party has already nominated their candidates.
In the race for Mayor, Mayor Michael Bloomberg is the candidate for the Republican line. He will run against whomever wins the Democratic Primary. Our Public Advocate candidate is Alex Zablocki, Comptroller is Joseph Mendola, Borough President is Robert Hornak and in the 31st Councilmanic District we have Sherri Murray and in the 32nd Councilmanic District we have Eric Ulrich.
We will all be hearing a lot from these candidates after the primary and I will highlight our Republican candidates so that you may make an informed decision in the upcoming general election on November 3, 2009. In the meantime, if you have Internet access, I encourage you to visit each of their websites to learn more about their platforms.
I hope that you are all aware of the fact that I have just opened a joint campaign office for Mayor Mike Bloomberg and Councilman Eric Ulrich located at 114-09 Rockaway Beach Boulevard at Beach 114 Street. Presently the office is opened for volunteers 4-8 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays as well as 12-4 p.m. on Saturdays. I will certainly be expanding those hours after the primary, so please check in at 718-474-4280 or stop by to see how you can help. I really do appreciate any and all help.
I hope that everyone in the Rockaways and Broad Channel, realizes that the fact that the Mayor has decided to open a campaign office in Rockaway speaks volumes to the fact that he recognizes you all and wants to know of your needs and is willing to address those needs. This is the only joint office that the Mayor has opened and that fact should speak volumes to the talent that he recognizes in Councilman Eric Ulrich in the 32nd Council District. He has endorsed Eric saying that he is exactly what the City Council needs. Eric has been very busy since his election in February and I know that he has been meeting nonstop with the different civic leaders to address the concerns of the constituents. His staff is ready, willing and able to help you with matters that you might be frustrated with. You have an active office staff and although I have heard that opponents of Eric are trying to paint a picture that people are dissatisfied with Councilman Ulrich's performance, I would say that just the opposite is true. I take much pride in my role of having Councilman Ulrich elected in February and assure you that he has just begun. If he is re-elected in November, he will have the opportunity to continue and build upon the groundwork that he has set in motion these last six months. As you all know by now, I am one of Eric Ulrich's biggest supporters and I would like to express to you, that it is my belief that with the re-election of Mayor Bloomberg and Councilman Ulrich, Rockaway and Broad Channel will get the long overdue attention that they deserve.
If you are a Democrat you will be having a primary so get out and vote next Tuesday, September 15. Till next time I hope you all enjoyed your Labor Day weekend.