Monday, May 17, 2010
With about roughly four months until the Democratic primary, there are now five candidates vying for Espada's seat: Tirado (pictured), activist Desiree Pilgrim-Hunter, former Gillibrand aide Gustavo Rivera and lawyer Daniel Padernacht.
Tirado has a BA in political science and worked for the city's health department for years before becoming district manager of Community Board 7 (Norwood, Bedford Park, Fordham and University Heights) in 2008. He moved to Bedford Park in 2006 and joined the community board as a member before being plucked to replace long-time former district manager Rita Kessler.
Under Tirado's watch, the board has modernized -- launching a new website, sending out e-mail alerts and reaching out through other social media outlets like Facebook. (He also put a huge new flat screen in the board's meeting room.) He also helped guide the board through the strenuous land use review process for the Kingsbridge Armory redevelopment plan last summer. (The board voted for the plan to make the Armory a shopping mall, with conditions -- that weren't met. The plan died in the City Council.)
As district manager, he has also shepherded the board's work with the Department of City Planning to rezone Webster Avenue and surrounding neighborhoods. (There's a hearing on this rezoning plan set for Wednesday at 4 p.m. at the Bedford Park Senior Center.)
In a press release this morning, Tirado said, "It's not only time for change, it's time to move forward from the political culture of inaction that is all to prevalent in Albany."
In the release, he said he would "champion fiscal responsibility and economic development for the state, hold government and taxpayer subsidized organizations accountable to the people," and work for the future of our children. He didn't go into much detail about any of that.
Our friends at Boogie Downer reported this first. Kudos to them.
Here's a Norwood New story from when Tirado was first hired for the district manager's job.
And here's several months into his tenure.