Ulrich just embarked on his third and final term on the City Council.
By Michael V. Cusenza
During his speech last November at his victory party at Russo’s on the Bay, minutes after securing a concession call from the challenger and a third term on the City Council, Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) thanked all of his campaign staff and volunteers for a well-earned win.
“Ulrich for governor!” campaign manager Liam McCabe blurted. “What do you guys think about that?”
It now seems that McCabe might not have been too far off the mark.
Ulrich, 33, is “seriously considering” taking a shot at unseating Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul this fall, according to a report in Saturday’s New York Post.
The councilman indicated that “he’s been approached by GOP gubernatorial candidate John DeFrancisco, a State senator from Syracuse, and another contender, though [Ulrich] declined to say which one.”
“Andrew Cuomo has just got to go and I’m going to do whatever I can to make that happen,” the councilman declared.
Ulrich, who just embarked on his final four-year term representing the people of the 32nd District, was scheduled to meet with DeFrancisco in Queens this week. The Post also noted that Ulrich planned to make a decision by early April.
Ulrich’s name is often raised regarding Republican representation in city- and state-wide races. Last March, after months of speculation, he ultimately decided not to challenge incumbent Mayor Bill de Blasio.
“It’s something that I’ve been considering for quite some time now, mulling it over these past few months with my family, my friends, and my supporters, and I’ve decided that this would not be the right move for me to make,” Ulrich announced on “The Road to City Hall” on Spectrum News New York 1.