2012-10-26 / Top Stories

Senate Candidate Debate Set For West End 10/30

Last Chance To Hear Ulrich, Addabbo

State Senator Joseph P. Addabbo Jr. State Senator Joseph P. Addabbo Jr. It will be the last chance that anybody has to listen to State Senate District 15 candidates Republican Eric Ulrich and Democrat Joseph P. Addabbo Jr., debate the issues prior to the November 6 election.

The debate will be held at the West End Temple, 147-02 Newport Avenue in Neponsit on Tuesday, October 30, at 7:30 p.m.

While those who attend the debate will not be able to ask questions from the floor, those who are interested in asking a question can email that question to statesenate15@gmail.com or @TheWaveNews on Twitter.

Questions can also be submitted by mail to: P.O. Box 930097, Rockaway Beach, NY 11693-0097.

In order for questions to be considered, the following are required: full name, neighborhood and question.

The question you submit must be geared towards both candidates about improvements in public policy, quality of life and proposed legislation.

City Councilman Eric Ulrich City Councilman Eric Ulrich Remember, the same question must be asked of both candidates and the questions must reflect Rockaway issues.

According to a recent, non-partisan poll, Republican challenger Ulrich is trailing Addabbo 45 to 43 percent with another 12 percent of the polled saying that they are either not voting on the race or remain undecided.

Insiders say that the large number of undecided voters can help sway the close election one way or another.

The Republicans are looking to expand on their 33-29 majority in the State Senate and as a result have put a lot of money and backing behind Ulrich’s campaign in hopes of stealing what has traditionally been a heavily Democratic seat for the area.

Even though the lines have been redrawn, the district still includes many of the traditional Democratic strongholds of the former Senate District 15, with the exception of the western end of the Rockaway peninsula where areas such as Breezy Point, Neponsit and Belle Harbor typically vote Republican. That shift in district lines may prove to be the difference should Ulrich go on to defeat Addabbo.

“The seat in Queens – despite its overwhelming 33-point Democratic enrollment advantage – is viewed by Republicans as an opportunity to defeat a Democratic incumbent and increase their majority,” a local Republican recently told reporters.

“There’s no question that the Democrats are going to have their hands full in trying to hold on to this seat. Addabbo and Ulrich are separated by just two points, with one in eight voters still undecided,” Siena pollster Steven Greenberg said this week

The biggest issue for State Senate voters is job creation with an overwhelming 30 percent of voters believing this is what Albany needs to be working on the most. Other items included health care at 16 percent and education at 17 percent.

Ulrich has the support of 76 percent of Republicans, while Addabbo has support from 63 percent of Democrats polled.

Ulrich, however, has a commanding 57-27 percent lead among independents in the district. “In this district where Democrats have a better than two-to-one enrollment edge – including a sizeable number of conservative Democrats – and independents look a lot more like Republicans than Democrats, we have Addabbo, the incumbent, running virtually even with Ulrich, who now represents about one-third of these voters in the City Council,” Greenberg continued.

For the district, 428 voters were included in the sample, with a margin of error of +/- 4.7 percentage points.

Ulrich’s campaign immediately sent out a comment after the release of the poll, praising its findings.

We look forward to hearing your questions.

The deadline to submit your questions has been extended until October 29, in order to allow all interested residents to enter their questions.

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