Ulrich breaks silence on taking third term
by Patrick Kearns
Sep 19, 2017 | 2696 views | 0 0 comments | 62 62 recommendations | email to a friend | print
In 2010, when former Parks Commissioner Henry Stern was pushing to close a loophole in a voter referendum to re-establish a two-term limit for elected city positions but allow then-current elected officials – 34 incumbents in all - to run for a third term, Councilman Eric Ulrich supported him.

But seven years later, Ulrich is set to benefit from that same loophole in the referendum that eventually made its way on to the ballot allowing him to run for a third term in the City Council.

“I supported closing the loophole, unfortunately it didn’t get on the ballot,” Ulrich said, when asked about running for a third term. “That was an initiative that Henry Stern was spearheading, and I thought it was a good one.”

Ulrich said he still believes in term limits, and will abide by them when he’s term limited out in four years if re-elected. But he also sees himself as an important voice for the community.

“There’s a lot going on in New York City right now and the way things are going under Mayor Bill de Blasio, I think you need someone like me who had the guts and the courage to stand up to him,” Ulrich said.

Mike Scala, Ulrich’s Democratic opponent, criticized the incumbent for running for a third term despite fighting to close the loophole.

“We took him at his word,” Scala told this paper last month. “When we started preparing for this run, we thought it would be an empty seat.”

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