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Thursday, August 26, 2010

BxNN to Moderate Debate of 33rd Senate District Candidates; Espada is Declining to Participate

OK, first the details.

Nonprofit organizations Transportation Alternatives and Picture the Homeless are organizing a debate of the 33rd District Senate candidate that we will be moderating on Thursday, Sept. 2, at 7 p.m. at Fordham Evangelical Lutheran Church, 2430 Walton Ave. (right smack in the middle of the district).

Candidates Gustavo Rivera and Dan Padernacht have both agreed to participate and share their views and opinions on transit and other vital community issues. Unfortunately, the incumbent Pedro Espada Jr. has (thus far) declined to show up.

But Transportation Alternatives' Rider Rebellion Campaign, which is adamantly opposed to a potentially significant increase in monthly Metrocard fees (the cost could jump to $104, from $89), is not going to let Espada off the hook easily.

They are urging constituents of the 33rd Senate District -- which stretches from Tremont to Norwood -- to call Espada's office (718-654-4329), say they are outraged about the possible fare hike (which they should be), and demand that he show up next Thursday and tell them how he's going to stop the hike from happening.

In campaign materials, Espada is claiming he played a large role in saving free student Metrocards. Why wouldn't he want to let people know how he supposedly did it and how he could possibly save our current fare? 

Well, it appears Espada, who is no stranger to confrontation, is declining to participate in any debates that would put him in the same room with his opponents (or even give written answers to the same issue-based questions as his opponents). Could the former boxer be scared to debate about the issues affecting the community he says he works so hard for? It's a question Espada will answer with his actions.


  1. Senator Espada is scarrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrred. He can handle a simple debate. He does not want to debate because he knows all of his dirt will come out. The problem is that everyone already knows.

  2. Come on Espada. Meet me mano a mano!

  3. it is very troubling when incumbents choose not to debate those vying for their seats..it is an affront to our democracy and they should pay for it dearly at the polls. Unfortunately, they often do not.

  4. The only incumbents who do not want to meet for a debate are those who have something to hide or know they have not been doing their job. So I am not surprise Espada chicken out of this debate. LEt's get him and put Gustavo in.


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