Posted on April 26, 2012 by Steve Mosco in Uncategorized
The youngest member of the City Council has declared his candidacy for the state Senate.
Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) Tuesday he would challenge Sen. Joseph Addabboâ€™s (D-Howard Beach) for his seat in District 15, which stretches from Far Rockaway through Howard Beach and Ozone Park up to Forest Hills, Glendale and Middle Village.
â€œFor the past three years, I have been honored to serve the people of my community at City Hall,â€ said Ulrich, 27, in a statement. â€œI am now ready to take the fight to Albany where I will be an independent voice for the taxpayers of Queens County. I will be a state senator who never stops fighting for the middle class.â€
His opponent, Addabbo, said he has been prepared for a campaign no matter who is running against him.
â€œKnowing the new district lines, this was inevitable,â€ said Addabbo, referring to the new boundaries drawn up this year. â€œThis just starts the campaign clock. It will be a long campaign â€” a marathon, not a sprint.â€
Addabbo previously held Ulrichâ€™s Council seat and was elected to the Senate in 2008, defeating Republican Serphin Maltese. He won re-election in 2010.
While he would not comment on Ulrich directly, the senator did say the election will be won on the issues that concern residents on a day-to-day basis â€” and he has the experiences working on these concerns.
â€œItâ€™s going to be about job security and job creation, protecting health care, senior citizens, education. These are things Iâ€™ve fought for my entire career in public service,â€ he said.
Ulrich won his Council seat representing District 32, which includes many neighborhoods in southeast Queens, like Woodhaven, Howard Beach, Ozone Park and South Ozone Park, among others, in a special election in February 2009 and was re-elected in November the same year. The councilman said he had fully intended to run for re-election in the district, but he felt he could have a greater impact in the Senate.
He sits on six Council oversight committees: Civil Service and Labor, Education, Housing and Buildings, Public Safety, Transportation and Waterfronts.
â€œI will bring the same fresh approach and new ideas to the state Senate that Iâ€™ve brought to the City Council. I love my job on the City Council, but the stakes are simply too high,â€ he said. â€œToo many of my friends and relatives have left New York because they canâ€™t afford to live here any longer. We need to change that. Iâ€™m running because I believe I can make a difference.â€
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