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Ulrich, Scala reps talk mayoral race

Dem not ready to endorse anyone

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Posted: Thursday, October 19, 2017 10:30 am

Responding to questions from a representative for Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park), Democrat Mike Scala’s campaign manager said the City Council hopeful is not backing anyone for mayor.

“We haven’t endorsed anyone in the mayor’s race and won’t until we feel that our issues are well considered and properly represented by one of the candidates,” said Andrey Bystrov, who is running Scala’s campaign against Ulrich.

Kevin Tschirhart, an unpaid advisor to the incumbent’s re-election campaign and his chief of staff, had been curious of the challenger’s opinion of City Hall’s chief executive.

“[Mike Scala] has been oddly silent on whom he’s supporting for mayor,” Tschirhart tweeted last Thursday. “Guess he’s afraid voters will find out he’s a puppet for de Blasio.”

Bystrov responded in an emailed statement, “Kev is a funny guy. The Tshirt tweets don’t concern us,” referring to Tschirhart’s Twitter handle, KevinTShirt.

And while Scala — a Howard Beach attorney who won a three-way Democratic primary to face Ulrich in the general election Nov. 7 — has no favorite choice for mayor, he said he’s against the city’s Select Bus Service project for Woodhaven and Cross Bay boulevards.

Bystrov said the councilman “capitulated to City Hall on this issue early.”

Although Ulrich is an opponent of SBS, he’s told his constituents that it’s going to happen whether they like it or not.

“And maybe if we had more of a fighter in City Council last year, Mike and I wouldn’t be getting stuck in traffic when we’re traveling though our district,” the Democrat’s campaign manager said.

The Republican’s camp responded by saying, “Mr. Scala gets more desperate every day and continues to say weird things.

“Democrats, Republicans and Independents are coalescing behind Councilman Ulrich because they know he’s the only candidate who will fight de Blasio’s agenda and protect our quality of life.”

Ulrich is running for a third, and final, term. He’s represented the 32nd Council District since 2009, succeeding state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach).

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  • Eugene posted at 2:35 pm on Fri, Oct 20, 2017.

    Eugene Posts: 29

    It could be that Mike Scala is a terrible person, and Liz Crowley is an awful councilmember but when one has a problem with everyone around himself, as both Mr. Ulrich and Mr. Trump, perhaps the problem lies closer to home.

    I would suggest that the problem is not with the rest of the world, but with Mr. Ulrich.

    I've worked with Mike Scala for years on transportation projects. If Councilmember Ulrich had worked half as hard against SBS or for QueensRail, we would probably have had a different outcome.