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GOP candidates hit the ground running

Ulrich, Reyes vie for 15th Senate Dist.

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Posted: Thursday, June 7, 2012 10:30 am | Updated: 11:18 am, Thu Jun 14, 2012.

With September’s primary looming over them, the two Republicans running to represent the 15th state Senate district are not wasting any time trying to convince voters that each would be the better candidate to take on state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach) in November.

Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) recently touted the endorsements of the state’s Independence and Conservative parties, as well as of U.S. Rep. Bob Turner (R-Queens, Brooklyn), while Forest Hills attorney Juan Reyes, who was endorsed by the Queens County Republicans, said he has begun talking to voters throughout the district. The 15th state Senate district includes the communities of Belle Harbor, Breezy Point, Broad Channel, Far Rockaway, Forest Hills, Glendale, Howard Beach, Kew Gardens Hills, Maspeth, Middle Village, Neponsit, Ozone Park, Rego Park, Richmond Hill, Ridgewood, Rockaway Beach, Rockaway Park, South Ozone Park and Woodhaven.

“I have always put doing what’s right before politics, and I will continue that approach as senator,” Ulrich said in his announcement that he had landed the endorsement of the state’s Independence Party on Monday. “Our number one priority must be growing our economy and creating jobs for the residents of Queens.”

Reyes also is focusing on the economy as he knocks on “thousands” of doors in upcoming weeks, said Gerry O’Brien, the candidate’s consultant.

“The single most important issue is getting New York state’s economy back on track,” O’Brien said. “New York is not business-friendly and makes it more difficult to open a business, hire workers and give people jobs.”

Meanwhile, Addabbo said he is focusing on the ongoing session in Albany, which wraps up in June, before focusing his attention on the race.

“We have a lot planned,” Addabbo said. “Right now I have an obligation up here in Albany. Once that does finish, it’s full steam ahead with my campaign.”

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