Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) was ceremonially sworn in for his second term Jan. 30 in the packed auditorium at PS 63 in Ozone Park, where he was a student from kindergarten through fourth grade. City Comptroller Scott Stringer and Public Advocate Letitia James joined Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito (D-Manhattan, Bronx) and several more of Ulrich’s colleagues to speak at the swearing in, which was conducted by Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Park), standing in for Justice Augie Agate, who was under the weather. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) also made an appearance, as did Rep. Greg Meeks (D-Jamaica), and prominent Republicans, including former Rep. Bob Turner, former mayoral candidate Joe Lhota and former Councilman Tom Ognibene. In his speech, Ulrich thanked his family and friends, and recognized his kindergarten teacher, Barbara Martuscello.
Ulrich gives his inauguration speech.
Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder swears in Councilman Eric Ulrich for his second term as Ulrich’s wife, Yadira, and their 15-month-old daughter, Lily, watch.
Ulrich’s grandmother Rosemary Kulick proudly introduced her grandson.
Ulrich’s kindergarten teacher, Barbara Martuscello, stands after her former pupil recognizes her — by reading his report card.
Howard Beach Civic President Joann Ariola acted as master of ceremonies.
Rep. Gregory Meeks thanked Ulrich for working with him on recovery efforts in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.
Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito thanked Ulrich for being an early supporter of hers during her campaign for the gavel.
Rabbi Avrohom Richter of Chabad of Howard Beach, Imam Rasid Ahmed and the Rev. Francis Colamaria of Holy Child Jesus Church offer the invocation.
Councilman Donovan Richards
Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder
State Sen. James Sanders Jr.
City Comptroller Scott Stringer praised Ulrich for his quick response to the Queens Library funds controversy.
Sen. Chuck Schumer came from Washington, DC to congratulate Ulrich and visit a community he’s represented in DC for two decades.
Public Advocate Letitia James spoke of her and Ulrich’s shared focus — both had wanted to be in religious service before politics.
The band from Scholar’s Academy in Rockaway entertained the crowd.
Freshman Councilman Andy Cohen represented his borough of the Bronx.
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