2012-09-21 / Top Stories

Eric Ulrich Wins Big In Local Precincts

By Nicholas Briano


Ulrich speaks to his supporters on the eve of the primary election with his wife and grandmother at his side. Ulrich speaks to his supporters on the eve of the primary election with his wife and grandmother at his side. Eric Ulrich stood in the party room at Roma View in Howard Beach, basking in the adulation of more than 100 of his supporters, with his wife and his grandmother at his side.

He had just won a tough and dirty primary fight with opponent Juan Reyes by more than 500 votes, garnering 69 percent of the vote.

“We have showed tonight that it pays to take the high road,” Ulrich said. “We stuck to the issues and we won.”

The final week of the contest, Reyes had put out flyers charging that Ulrich had dinner with a gay colleague and his husband and that he was a flip-flopper on the social issue.

He also put out a crude piece of humor stating that many of the world’s super villains support Ulrich.

Ulrich thanked his staff and the more than 200 volunteers that had come to his aid for the win. Some of the local numbers were startling.

He won in Breezy Point, 363-17; Broad Channel, 93-4; Neponsit, 95-14; and Belle Harbor, 180-45.

“Find out who those four people are,” he said jokingly to his Broad Channel coordinator.

“Now we are going to move full speed ahead for November,” he told the cheering crowd.

He praised his opponent, Democrat Joseph Addabbo, as being “a nice person,” but said that he had done little for his constituents “except for protecting parrots.”

The latest statistics available, still unofficial according to the city’s Board of Elections, shows Ulrich winning by a count of 2,783 to 1,217.

Ulrich also received additional votes on the Independence Party line.

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