Bringing out over 70 Addabbo supporters, volunteers and advocates cheered as the senator entered Woodhaven House where he hosted his election party to announce the winning of his campaign at 11:45 p.m., slightly after the announcement of President Barrack Obama's winnings.
“He deserves it,” said Zach Brady, a volunteer with the campaign from Bushwick. “He's really the right person for the people.”
Several political officials attended in support of the senators victory.
New York City councilwoman Letitia James cheered Addabbo on as he took center stage to announce victory. “He's respected by his district and that's why they're out here standing with Joe tonight,” she said. James added that her prayers were with those who had been displaced during the hurricane, particularly in the Rockaways.
“We’ll pick up from what we have done,” said Addabbo, who had just come from the Rockaways providing help for hurricane victims. “Our attention and prayers tomorrow should be to the victims of Hurricane Sandy.”
The Rockaways, a portion of Southern Queens in Addabbo’s district that was devastated by the storm, provided a cause for concern to Addabbo's opponent, who's voting base was in the area.
Far Rockaway, Belle Harbor and Breezy Point were among the areas where Ulrich had strong support. However, those areas were also hit hard by the storm, and Ulrich feels that it greatly hurt his chances to win.
“The turnout in the Rockaways was cut in half,” Ulrich said.
And as of Tuesday night, Ulrich said it was too early to call the race. However, Wednesday morning showed clear that Addabbo would retain his seat with 60 percent of the vote.