Councilman Explains ‘Get a Life’ Quip on Twitter

After telling a constituent to “#getalife” on Twitter, Councilman Eric Ulrich called to explain.

In short, he said the message was directed at a bike lane advocate who he said had long been harassing him.

It was sent in response to a woman who said Ulrich’s Queens district needs more bike lanes after a pedestrian was struck by a vehicle. The added bike lanes could have slowed traffic, thus, reducing the likelihood of an accident, the woman on Twitter, HangingbyaStrap, argued.

Ulrich disagreed.

Ulrich, who lives around the corner from the accident and has opposed bike lanes, said he was offended that HangingbyaStrap would press her point, using this latest accident.

“Don’t use this tragedy to advance your agenda,” was his message, he told me. He also said HangingbyaStrap was a former Community Board member and one of a handful of bike advocates who have hurled “vulgar messages” to Ulrich, via Twitter and Facebook.

He said he doesn’t mind disagreeing with people, and partaking in verbal jousting — he is a pretty good debater — but wanted to send a message to the person he felt was harassing him.

 

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  3. ozone parker says:

    What is wrong with a person pointing to an accident and saying, “See? We need a solution to this dangerous intersection.”  How is that advancing an agenda?  Isn’t the council member advancing his own agenda by tweeting about bike lanes and wanting to license bikes, despite opinion polls?  Either way, you don’t tell a constituent to stop drinking the Kool Aid and to get a life.

    He’s very immature.

    1. Lgonyc says:

      Her tweet was perfectly polite, and included bike lanes as part of TRAFFIC CALMING measures. His long-form response (in addition to its other flaws) disregards the connection between traffic calming and deadly accidents. His tweeted response doesn’t need me to point out its flaws. It mocks itself.

  4. Kated says:

    There is no excuse for what he said. Not even being a 25 year old baby. 

  5. Queens Resident says:

    So, if a 53-year-old grandmother had been randomly gunned down on a street corner two blocks from his office, would Eric Ulrich tell concerned constituents to “get a life?”

    Would he tell anti-crime advocates with viable solutions to the problem to stop using the tragedy to advance their crime prevention agenda?

  6. Queens Resident says:

    So, if a 53-year-old grandmother had been randomly gunned down on a street corner two blocks from his office, would Eric Ulrich tell concerned constituents to “get a life?”

    Would he tell anti-crime advocates with viable solutions to the problem to stop using the tragedy to advance their crime prevention agenda?

  7. Guest says:

    Did the Councilman cite any examples of the “vulgar” harassment?  Did you ask?  Or is an elected official allowed to insult and slander a private citizen? 

  8. Larry says:

    What is more vulgar than telling a voter to get a life or joking about Kool Aid?  A grandmother was mowed down in his district and instead of making a statement on that, Ulrich mocks a former community board member with a real concern.  Even if you hate bike lanes, you can agree…Ulrich has no class.

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  10. Eric McClure says:

    If the Councilmember was being bullied, he should press charges.  If only he was as concerned about the traffic deaths of his constituents as he is about being “harassed” by people advocating for traffic-calmed streets via Twitter.  

  11. Snuffelufagus says:

    True story: one time, Ulrich got mad at his constituents for sending him faxes.  Dude holds the public in pretty low regard.

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