Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Last night, Fernando Tirado, Community Board 7's district manager, formally announced his decision to run for State Senate in the 33rd Senate District.
Standing next to the World War I monument on Mosholu Parkway in front of his family and 20 or so friends and neighbors (including three or four CB 7 board members), Tirado gave a brief speech which, while short on specifics as to what he'd do if elected, was high on hope for a better tomorrow.
"For too long we've had to endure the frustration of a government that does not work for the people," said Tirado, who read from a prepared speech. "I tell you today that it's not only time for a change, it's time to move forward from the political culture of inaction that has paralyzed Albany for too long."
Speaking afterwards he said he would continue as district manager until the end of the petitioning process (in July), and that, if he made it onto the ballot, he'd then decide what to do next. He added, "As you get closer to the primary I am going to ask [the Board] for some time so that I can concentrate on the campaign."
The seat Tirado is after is occupied by Pedro Espada, the powerful yet embattled state senator and majority leader, who could face several challengers in September's Democratic primary.
So what does Tirado have to say about Espada? He's not saying, at least for now. "I'm not going to comment on any candidate including the current senator," he said. "I want people to judge me for me and what I can bring to the table."
Espada wasn't in attendence, but two of his staffers kept an eye on proceedings from the other side of the street.