Ulrich picks up support of key Queens Dem, UFT
by Patrick Kearns
Oct 11, 2017 | 7080 views | 0 0 comments | 327 327 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Councilman Eric Ulrich picked up the support of another key Democrat in his quest for re-election in the 30th Council District.

Last week, Democratic Assemblyman Mike Miller announced he would reach across party lines to back the Republican incumbent.

"For Eric it's not about politics, it's about people,” Miller said in a statement. “For eight years working together for our shared district, I can say there is no better fighter for this community than Eric Ulrich.”

Ulrich and Miller have partnered in the past on events like graffiti cleanups and town hall meetings for veterans.

On the same day, Ulrich picked up the endorsement of the United Federation of Teachers (UFT), the union that represents New York City public school teachers.

The UFT has only endorsed two other Republicans, Borough President James Oddo and Councilman fSteven Matteo, both from Staten Island. The group has endorsed 49 Democrats in the city in November’s general election.

"During the recovery efforts of Superstorm Sandy, Eric Ulrich reached across party lines to advocate for impacted residents in Queens," UFT President Michael Mulgrew said in a statement. "Eric has a track record of getting things done for our students, our families and our communities."

Ulrich, who is seeking reelection to the City Council for his final term, said he was proud to receive both endorsements.

"There is no Democrat or Republican way to fight for our schoolchildren and make sure they have access to the latest technology, the materials they need, and healthy lunches,” Ulrich said.

Ulrich’s opponent, Democrat Mike Scala, called the UFT’s decision to back the opposition “strange,” pointing to Ulrich’s support of both charter schools and a state constitutional convention, things the UFT has fought against.

“Our supporters, like Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley, stand united with us on making sure public school funding is not diverted to charter schools and that the constitutional convention, which Eric Ulrich favors and once called ‘uniquely situated to achieve pension entitlement reform,’ is defeated,” Scala said.
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