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(l.-r.) Juan Reyes, Joseph Tiraco and Eric Ulrich.
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Juan Reyes

Forest Hills attorney Juan Reyes says if elected he will make New York business-friendly again. Reyes previously worked for U.S. Sen. Bob Dole, former U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and is currently a partner at Reed Smith LLP specializing on land use and zoning issues. His priorities include fighting increases in taxes and the minimum wage and cutting the costs of public projects.

Joseph Tiraco

Forest Hills resident Joseph E. Tiraco is running as an Independent. A co-founder of the Independence Party of Queens and active in civic affairs. He previously ran and lost as an Independence Party challenger in the 2010 general election for the 28th state Assembly district. His major issue is direct democracy and fighting to give citizen voters the rights of self-government. He also said he would take on corruption, greed and special interests in order to turn government around.

Eric Ulrich

City Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) was elected to the 32nd Council District during a February 2009 special election and won the general election the same year. An Ozone Park native and Republican minority whip, he says he does not vote the party line and supports raising the minimum wage. As a state senator, he said he would incentivize job creation, reduce the tax burden on middle-class families, protect collective bargaining rights, support school choice and protect quality of life.

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