Photo Courtesy of the David Campaign
“Richard David will make a great member of the New York City Council,” Ulrich said on Monday in South Richmond Hill.
By Michael V. Cusenza
City Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) on Monday officially endorsed Richard David, a Democratic candidate for the Council District 28 seat, which was held by Ruben Wills until July when he was convicted of stealing campaign funds and grant money for personal benefit.
“Richard David will make a great member of the New York City Council,” Ulrich said at Monday’s event at Lefferts Boulevard and Liberty Avenue in South Richmond Hill. “He is honest, hardworking and embodies the American dream for so many people of West Indian descent. I support him and urge my Democratic friends in Council District 28 to vote for him on Sept. 12.”
This marks the first time David, 31, is running for public office. The Community Board 9 member and co-founder of the Indo-Caribbean Alliance, Inc., lives with his family in South Ozone Park.
On Monday, David was effusive in his praise of Ulrich and thanked him for his backing.
“Council Member Ulrich previously represented parts of District 28 and is one of the most effective members of the Council. He has been able to bring resources back to his district including participatory budgeting, new community centers, parks and schools. He has also been the leading voice on veteran’s issues,” David noted. “I’m honored to receive his support and look forward to working with him if elected.”
District 28 is composed of parts of Richmond Hill, South Ozone Park, South Jamaica, and Rochdale Village.
Wills represented D28 since 2011. Earlier this month he was sentenced to two to six years in prison for his crimes. He has vowed to appeal the conviction.