NEW YORK (WPIX)—Community organizer Desiree Pilgrim-Hunter announced her candidacy Saturday for Pedro Espada's seat in the New York State Senate.
She's offering Bronx residents a "fresh start," departing from Espada who has been called "a carpetbagger, coward, cynic, scofflaw, deadbeat, pal of thieves" by the Daily News' editorial page.
"Our community deserves a State Senator who lives in our community, shares our values, and will never stop fighting for us," said Pilgim-Hunter. "For over a year, we have been represented by an individual who lives in Westchester, fights for landlords instead of tenants and turns his back on our Democratic values by joining the Republican party. I'm running to offer this district a fresh start."
Pilgrim-Hunter is president of the Fordham Hill Cooperative Apartments, the largest privately owned cooperative in the Bronx (4,000 residents).
She's also an executive board member of the Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition, and was instrumental in winning concrete victories that improve material conditions for community members and change public and private policies.