2014-01-24 / Front Page

Richards, Ulrich Land Council Chairs

Rockaway reps on the City Council, Donovan Richards and Eric Ulrich, landed top chairmanships and were named to various committees certain to impact the future of the peninsula.

Richards, elected to his first full term in November 2013, was named Chair of the Environmental Protection Committee while Ulrich was tabbed to chair the Committee on Veterans.

Richards will also join the following committees: Economic Development; General Welfare; Land Use; Public Housing; Recovery and Resiliency; and Zoning and Franchises.

In addition to his duties as Chair of Veterans, Ulrich will join Richards on the Environmental Protection Committee and the Recovery and Resiliency committees. He will also join Small Business, and Housing and Buildings.

After being contacted by Mayor de Blasio before the vote for speaker, Ulrich decided to back Melissa Mark- Viverito. The Veterans Committee has oversight of the Mayor’s Office of Veterans Affairs and other veteran related issues.

Ulrich said, “Veterans have always been near and dear to my heart and I am proud to now be in a position to help those who sacrificed so much for our city and nation. I consider it an honor to be appointed chair of the Veterans Committee. Clearly, the Council has demonstrated a new approach to governing, one that is open, transparent and bi-partisan. I am truly grateful for the confidence the Speaker and my colleagues have in my ability to work with them on these and other important issues.”

Richards was also pleased with his appointment as Chair to the Environmental Protection Committee. “I am blessed to have been appointed by Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, to Chair the Environmental Protection Committee of the New York City Council. I look forward to combatting the environmental injustices that impact all New Yorkers, especially those in minority communities. I also will fight to ensure that the $12.5 billion for infrastructure improvements coming through New York City in the next few years reaches communities in desperate need, such as those in South East Queens.”

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