Former Mayor Ed Koch, whose backing of U.S. Rep. Bob Turner (R-Middle Village) in last year’s Congressional special election was cited as a major reason for the latter’s victory, is making another endorsement
The Democrat, known for often crossing party lines, is sticking to his own in the competitive 15th state Senate District race. Koch announced he was endorsing incumbent state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach) for re-election. Addabbo is facing Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) in a more conservative district that includes Orthodox Jewish neighborhoods like Far Rockaway and Kew Gardens Hills.
“I served with Joe’s father, Joe Addabbo Sr., in Congress. He was not only a good friend, but a great Congressman,” Koch said, “His son, Joe Jr., is like his father and has served well the people of New York in the Senate. He deserves to get re-elected.”
Koch’s endorsement could have sway in the large bloc of Jewish voters who live in the district, many of whom are seen as up for grabs. In many of the district’s neighborhoods, Koch is the most recent Democrat to win in a mayoral election — during his 1985 re-election campaign.
Koch has endorsed a number of Republican candidates besides Turner in the past including Mayor Michael Bloomberg, former Gov. George Pataki and former President George W. Bush. Koch surprised many when he endorsed Turner last year, citing disagreement with President Barack Obama’s policy on Israel. Much of the 15th state Senate District includes areas in Turner’s Congressional district.
In the meantime, Addabbo announced that he has filed the required number of signatures to secure the Working Families Party nomination, which he failed to get in his 2010 re-election campaign.
Ulrich has the ballot lines of the Conservative and Independence parties and will likely face a Republican primary against Forest Hills attorney Juan Reyes, who has the backing of Queens GOP Chairman Phil Ragusa.