Eric A. Ulrich was born at Jamaica Hospital and raised in the Ozone Park section of Queens. He attended neighborhood public and parochial schools, P.S. 63 (Old South) and the former Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary School respectively. In high school, he contemplated becoming a catholic priest, but after graduating from Cathedral Prep Seminary, Ulrich became active in local civics and discovered that politics could also be a vehicle for social change.
Ulrich is the first member of his family to earn a college degree. Thanks in part to the generosity of the Franciscan Brothers of Brooklyn, Ulrich studied political science on a full scholarship and graduated from St. Francis College in 2007.
On February 24th 2009, Ulrich was elected to the City Council in a non-partisan Special Election. He quickly established a reputation as an honest, outspoken and independent voice at City Hall. Following his re-election in November of 2009, Ulrich implemented an aggressive quality-of-life agenda, targeting graffiti vandalism and illegal dumping on city streets. His legislative record includes six consecutive on-time balanced budgets and several bills, which have brought greater accountability to city government.
Ulrich has also been a strong advocate for Superstorm Sandy victims, delivering rapid relief and resources following the storm and helping cut through the bureaucratic red-tape on behalf of his constituents who are still struggling to rebuild their homes.