The Addabbo-Ulrich showdown at Ave Maria
It was standing room only as the Oct. 18 debate for state Senate District 15 drew more than 300 people to Ave Maria Catholic Academy in Howard Beach. The event was held by the Queens Chronicle, the Forum and Citizens Union.
Before the fireworks: Queens Chronicle Publisher Mark Weidler goes over the format with the candidates, joined by Chronicle South Queens Editor Domenick Rafter and Forum Publisher Pat Adams.
Partisans on both sides stuck lawn signs onto the fence outside Ave Maria to greet arrivals.
The balloons matched the flag.
Two candidates but one nation: reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.
Making his case: Incumbent Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr.
Making his case Councilman Eric Ulrich.
Mark Weidler speaks with Ulrich’s wife, Yadira Moran-Ulrich, after the debate.
Watching the debate and meeting with the candidates afterward were several Ave Maria pupils including some on the Student Council: Christian Cirillo, left, Anthony Russo, Andrew Sapia, Leonardo D’Attile, Joanna Di Rosa, Robert Martin, Giovanna Russo, Gianna Petraglia and Christal Taormina.
Attendee Tony Caruana served in World War II, and 67 years after its end, the veteran remains engaged in civic affairs.
After the fireworks: The candidates have a cordial meeting before each moving on to speak to members of the audience.
Autism activist Andrew Baumann plants his trademark kiss on Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder.
Rapt with attention during the debate are Ave Maria students Joanna Di Rosa, left, Christian Cirillo, Anthony Russo and Christal Taormina.
The questioners: Forum newsgroup Publisher Pat Adams, left, Queens Chronicle Publisher Mark Weidler, Chronicle South Queens Editor Domenick Rafter and Citizens Union Executive Director Dick Dadey.
David King of the Gotham Gazette, Citizens Union's news publication, filed online dispatches in real time during the debate.
All told there were 10 members of the Queens Chronicle family at the debate. Among them were founders Susan and Stanley Merzon, left, Editor Michael Gannon and Production Manager Terry Nusspickel. Corporate Sales Director David Abramowitz is hidden behind Gannon.
Councilman Eric Ulrich addresses the crowd. Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr.'s podium was in the other corner, to Ulrich's left.
Anything you say can and will be used ... Both Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr., above, and Councilman Eric Ulrich took notes as their opponent spoke.
Cleaning up: The Ave Maria students who attended the debate, including Christal Taormina, center, Giovanna Russo and Christian Cirillo, folded up and stowed away a couple hundred chairs after the debate, with the help of some in the audience.
Constituent service I: The candidates were mobbed by well-wishers and, perhaps, some critics too, after the debate. Here Councilman Eric Ulrich greets a member of the audience — one who's already dealt with some disappointment this fall.
Constituent Service II: Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. speaks with some members of the audience after the debate.
Lindenwood Alliance President Joann Ariola, a Republican activist, makes a point to friend Jeanne Antonino of Howard Beach after the debate.