2009-10-23 / Front Page

Candidates Speak Out As Election Day Nears

By Nicholas Briano

Voters will head to the polls on Tuesday, Nov - ember 3 to elect our mayor and City Council members, among other elected officials. Local candidates have spoken out about the issues that matter most to Rock - away residents.

In a special section beginning on page 22, readers can see where the candidates from City Council Districts 31 and 32 stand on the issues that most affect the districts, including transportation, gun violence, quality of life and how the needs of Rockaway residents differ from those on the mainland.

District 31 covers the eastern end of the peninsula and the mainland neighborhoods of Laurelton, Rosedale and Springfield Gardens where incumbent James Sanders Jr., who won handily over a myriad of challengers in the Democratic primary, will take on Republican long-shot, Scherie S. Murray from Rose - dale.

The seat for District 32, which covers the western end of the peninsula and the mainland areas of Howard Beach, Woodhaven and Ozone Park, is expected to be highly contested. Incumbent a Republican, Eric Ulrich has only been in office since February when he won a special election to fill the seat vacated by former City Coun - cil member Joseph P. Addabbo Jr., when he was elected to the New York State Senate last November. His Democra tic challenger, Frank Gulluscio, is from Howard Beach and a former aide to Addabbo who was eliminated from the ballot of that special election last February for failing to provide enough valid signatures on the nominating petition.

Citywide races this Election Day are for mayor, comptroller and public advocate. For mayor, the choice is between Michael Bloomberg and Demo cratic challenger William Thomp son; for comptroller there is Democratic favorite John Liu against the Republican, Joseph A. Mendola. The last citywide race is for public advocate between Democratic primary run-off winner Bill de Blasio and Republican Alex Zablocki.

Two changes to the state constitution will also appear on the ballot. See the editorial page for more information about the proposed changes.

Polling places are open 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. An individual may vote only at his or her designated polling place. For more information about polling places visit the New York City Board of Elections at www.vote.nyc.ny.us or call toll free 866-vote-nyc.

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