2013 ELECTIONS: District 32

Simon Seeks To Unseat Ulrich

Incumbent Councilman Eric Ulrich is looking to hold onto the 32nd Council District seat and be, perhaps, the only Republican elected official in the Borough.

(L-R) Eric Ulrich and Lew Simon

(L-R) Eric Ulrich and Lew Simon

In his time in office, Ulrich has focused on quality-of-life issues affecting the district, which covers Ozone Park, Howard Beach and parts of Richmond Hill, Woodhaven and the Rockaways. He has worked to fix issues such as illegal dumping, graffiti vandalism and safety in the district, including getting two high-tech NYPD security cameras to the district, one in Woodhaven and the other in Far Rockaway.

He supported the paid-sick leave bill that passed the City Council earlier this year and vehemently opposed the Stop and Frisk and NYPD inspector general bills that also passed this year. Regarding transportation in the district, Ulrich wants to bring Select Bus Service between Cross Bay and Woodhaven Boulevards. He has been neutral on the Rockaway Rail Line/QueensWay issue that has gotten much attention in the past year.

Ulrich’s opponent, Lew Simon, is concentrating on recovering from Sandy, parks and transportation for his campaign. Simon believes more should have been done to help the coastal areas after Superstorm Sandy, including getting needed electricity and supplies to the area faster.

He also supports reactivating the Rockaway Beach Rail Line and disagrees with Ulrich’s idea of bringing Select Bus Service. Instead, he wants to install a HOV lane from Cross Bay Boulevard to Queens Boulevard. Simon also wants to bring more parkland to the district and would like to head the Council’s Parks and Recreation Committee if elected.

– Luis Gronda