We are your neighbors: volunteer leaders of the Fort Independence Park Neighborhood Association (FIPNA) — a coalition of home owners, renters, and cooperators who live in he area surrounding the Fort Independence Park (Sedgwick Avenue at Giles Place, then again at Hillman/Gouverneur Avenues), also known to many as “Pigeon Park.”
We have decided to endorse Daniel Padernacht for the New York State Senate in the 33rd SD because he has the experience, interest, and intellect to stand along side us and fight for our rights.
Our community has been under-represented for some time. We had to stand alone and fight for our rights on many occasions. This is due to the inexperience, unconcern and/or inept cadre of elected officials the politicians hand picked to represent, or more precisely, not represent us but themselves.
We are tired of this and want change!
In the 2008 Democratic Primary for the state selection process, many were disappointed by the choices – Espada or Gonzalez, and did not vote. With more than 1,100 registered Democrats eligible to vote in our two election districts, less than 50 people voted.
We have the opportunity to make a difference!
Dan stood by us on the recent fight to stop the supportive housing at 3469 Cannon Place. Dan stood by us on the recent fight to stop the methadone program at the Kingsbridge Terrace Home. Dan is a member of Community Board 8, is on its Land Use Committee and is Chair of the Traffic and Transportation Committee. Dan was there for us, now it is our turn to be there for him.
None of the opponents were involved in these struggles – not the elected State Senator, nor the other opponent who has an address on University and 195th Street.
Daniel Padernacht has the community service, experience and qualifications to, not only beat Espada, but also to represent us they way we should be represented. It is time to send a message to those outsiders who think they can choose for us. We are not going to listen to the same people who consistently support those inexperienced, uninterested and/or inept so-called leaders.
Don’t think your vote can make a difference? Just remember Obama in 2009 — we did it before, we can do it again. Yes we can!
Primary Day is Tuesday September 14. Voting is at the KHRCC on Giles and Cannon Places. Polls are open from 6 am to 9 pm.
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