2009-10-02 / Top Stories

Ulrich Picks Up UFA Endorsement

By Nicholas Briano

Main photo: Eric Ulrich received the endorsement of the Uniformed Firefighters Association this week outside the Beach 116 Street firehouse. Inset: Ulrich talks outside the firehouse with local firefighters.  Main photo: Eric Ulrich received the endorsement of the Uniformed Firefighters Association this week outside the Beach 116 Street firehouse. Inset: Ulrich talks outside the firehouse with local firefighters. New York City Councilman Eric Ulrich picked up a key endorsement for his reelection bid next month as the Uniformed Firefighters Association (UFA) put their support behind the Republican incumbent this week.

Ulrich was joined on Monday morning by UFA Queens Trustee Leroy McGinnis outside Engine Company 268 on Beach 116 Street, where he provided Ulrich with the union's endorsement.

"In his young political career Eric Ulrich has fought to prove himself to be an advocate for New York City firefighters and the citizens and communities we are sworn to protect," McGinnis said. "He has fought to protect our local firehouses from being closed, and to stop the reduction of staffing levels on engine companies that would result in response times to fire and medical emergencies to soar. New Yorkers need elected leaders who will put public safety first and New York's Bravest are proud to endorse Eric Ulrich for reelection to the City Council."

Ulrich, a Republican, received the union's backing even though the union has endorsed a Democratic candidate, Bill Thompson, for mayor.

"Each and every day our firefighters put their lives on the line to protect New Yorkers and their families," Ulrich said. "Our heroes deserve to know that someone is fighting for them at City Hall. I am proud to have their endorsement and I look forward to working with New York City's Bravest in the years to come."

The UFA has more than 18,000 members with 567 active and retired members residing in the 32nd City Council District, making it one of the largest union memberships in the district.

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