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Eric Ulrich Tells Concerned Queens Resident to Get a Life

June 6, 2011

On June 2nd, New York City Council Member Eric Ulrich tweeted his own “random observ” about bike lanes:

Interestingly, this tweet no longer shows up in his history.  He may have felt the need to delete it after this tragic incident happened in his district on June 3rd:

WOMAN STRUCK BY OUT OF CONTROL VAN IN QUEENS

OZONE PARK (WABC) — A grandmother is fighting for her life after two vans collided in Queens. The force of the impact sent one of the vans careening through the intersection and onto the sidewalk.

The victim, a 53-year-old woman, was left sprawled across the pavement, gasping for breath and covered in blood.

Family members say she was waiting on the corner to cross the street, on her way to pick up her grandchildren from school.

The accident happened at 103rd Avenue and 93rd Street in Ozone Park.

Ulrich’s office is at 101st Avenue and 93rd Street.

The next day, a Queens resident and former Community Board 10 9 member tweeted this @ reply to Council Member Ulrich, expressing her concern about his priorities:

I can think of about a million possible responses to this if you’re as inclined to dislike bikes, bike racks, and traffic calming as Ulrich appears to be.  One possibility is to ignore the tweet, which I’m sure is a tactic favored by most politicians.  Another would be to respond with something disarming: “Thanks for your concern.  My condolences to the woman’s family.”  Perhaps the council member could have told @hangingbyastrap that he respectfully disagrees and that no one knows how this tragedy could have been prevented.

Instead, Ulrich sent this tweet:

Classy.

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7 Comments
  1. Brooklynite permalink
    June 6, 2011 9:09 am

    How’s this for deep irony: In conservative circles they are now trying to pump up Eric Ulrich as a potential challenger to Anthony Weiner:

    http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/268722/weiner-s-challengers-robert-costa

    Apparently, publishing embarrassing shit on Twitter is a prerequisite for this Congressional seat.

  2. Meli permalink
    June 6, 2011 10:24 am

    Sorry, on CB9, not 10!

  3. June 6, 2011 10:32 am

    Fixed. Thanks for letting me know!

  4. John in Kew Gardens permalink
    June 7, 2011 9:44 am

    His response to Gothamist is priceless and classless. No one is using this to advance an agenda…I mean why wouldn’t you point to a senseless and tragic incident and suggest that the city council member rethink traffic calming? Instead he says the woman who sent him two tweets was harassing him and that he got some vulgar tweets. What’s more vulgar than telling a voter to get a life? He’s an embarrassment to Queens.

  5. Alex Rockland permalink
    June 16, 2011 7:29 pm

    I had a phone conversation with Erich Ulrich about 4 years ago when he was an Allstate Insurance agent after a woman hit my car. The fault was 100% her fault as the police report later agreed with yet when I spoke to him he was telling me how could and would present and distort the truth any way he wanted to. It was unreal. This guy is a creep and a liar and the absolute worst kind of politician there is … and that’s saying alot. Get this loser out of your district before he causes more harm. Hahaha … can’t believe thtat the low level insurnace agent slimeball I spoke to 4 years ago is now in politics!

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