On Monday, former assemblyman Phil Goldfeder and local attorney George Russo announced they will co-chair “Democrats for Ulrich,” a group that will campaign with the incumbent councilman to help grow bipartisan community support.
“I know I wouldn’t be able to do it without them,” Ulrich said, standing on Woodhaven Boulevard next to the Democratic leaders. “I’m deeply appreciative of their trust, their confidence and their friendship.”
According to Goldfeder, Ulrich has the passion and enthusiasm for public service.
“He has proven time and time again that the residents of our community come first above all else,” Goldfeder said. “It’s not about party, it’s not about label, it’s not about always agreeing on everything. It’s about a desire to work hard and get the job done.”
The two have had a long relationship of supporting each other's political ambitions. Ulrich previously backed Goldfeder, who was one of the most moderate Democrats in Albany during his five years in office, when he ran for reelection in 2014.
That same year, when Ulrich was re-elected to the City Council, Goldfeder administered the oath of office.
“Whether it was on transportation, whether it was for relief and recovery after Hurricane Sandy, or the many problems our families faced, Ulrich has been an amazing partner to me and to all of our families,” Goldfeder added.
Russo said the announcement of Democrats for Ulrich shows that on a local level all parties work together for a common goal to support the community.
“Eric exemplifies that to the highest degree,” Russo said.
While Democrats for Ulrich is only populated by Goldfeder and Russo at the moment, Ulrich hinted that there will be more members announced over the next two weeks and leading up to the November 7the general election.
“The campaign is going to build a broad coalition of support, Democrats, Republicans and Independents,” Ulrich said. “People that believe in good government, people who are not particularly satisfied with the direction that Mayor de Blasio is leading the city in, and people who want me to continue to serve this district.”
“George and I are going to play an active role,” Goldfeder added. “We’re going to speak to our colleagues, we’re going to speak to the community. We’re going to try and bring people on board.”
In a statement, the Mike Scala campaign called Democrats for Ulrich an oxymoron.
“Only the real Democratic nominee in this election will fight for working people,” the statement said.