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Council hopeful Lew Simon hospitalized

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Posted: Thursday, October 17, 2013 10:30 am | Updated: 11:20 am, Thu Oct 24, 2013.

Lew Simon, the Democratic candidate for the 32nd City Council District, was hospitalized and underwent an angioplasty, his campaign said.

Simon, a Democratic district leader from the Rockaways who is challenging incumbent Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park), went to St. John’s Hospital in Far Rockaway Thursday after feeling sick. He was then transferred to Long Island Jewish Medical Center for several tests and was admitted.

Simon told the Daily News that he plans on being back on the campaign trail as soon as possible and even took a shot at his opponent, Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park).

“I’ve done more probably in my hospital bed than Mr. Ulrich has done since the storm,” he told the daily.

He was released from the hospital on Tuesday evening.

His opponent sent get well wishes.

“I wish Lew a speedy recovery,” Ulrich said. “And I look forward to seeing him on the campaign trail soon.”

The 32nd Council District includes much of the Rockaway Peninsula as well as Broad Channel, Howard Beach, Ozone Park, Woodhaven and Richmond Hill. Simon has run for the seat twice before, including in the 2009 special election that was ultimately won by Ulrich.

The election is Nov. 5. A planned debate between Simon and Ulrich slated for Oct. 24 and hosted by the Queens Chronicle and The Forum has been cancelled due to Simon’s illness.

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