District Leader Al Taylor Announces Candidacy for State Assembly
Joined by an enthusiastic crowd of elected officials and community residents, District Leader Al Taylor today announced his candidacy for the New York State Assembly, representing the 71st District covering Upper Manhattan. Taylor is running to succeed Assemblyman Herman “Denny” Farrell who announced his retirement yesterday and was endorsed by Comptroller Scott Stringer, Congressman Adriano Espaillat, State Senator Brian Benjamin, Assemblyman Denny Farrell, Councilmembers Mark Levine and Bill Perkins, former Councilman Robert Jackson and District Leaders Maria Luna and Earnestine Bell-Temple.
“I’m running to help build on the great legacy and service of Denny Farrell and set a new course forward to build a better future for all,” said Al Taylor. “I’ve been honored to serve the people of this District as an elected Democratic District Leader and as Assemblyman Denny Farrell’s Chief of Staff working to help tenants stay in their homes, fighting to make this area safer and get guns off the street, working to improve our schools and help children make smart decisions, and giving voice to the seniors and families of the 71st District.
“As the next State Assemblyman, I will fight for good schools for all our children so every child has the chance to succeed, work to strengthen rent laws and protect tenants, fight to improve public transportation, which so many in this District rely on, yet we get some of the worst service, and continue my lifetime fight for social, economic and criminal justice for all.”
Congressman Adriano Espaillat said, “Al Taylor will do a great job like Denny Farrell has done for so many years. I look forward to working closely with Al to get the services the people need and deserve. He’s the man and I’m happy to be here and support him for State Assembly.”
Comptroller Scott Stringer said, “Al Taylor brings a sense of commitment and social justice to our community and that’s what Albany needs now. He has the strategic sense, political sense and the know how to get results for the people of Harlem. I’m proud to support Al Taylor and will work to help him win.”
Assemblyman Denny Farrell said, “The things that he’s done, the things he continues to do, make Al Taylor the best person to be the next Assemblyman. When he takes something on, he keeps doing it and doing it, and gets the job done. I’m honored to join everyone here in supporting Al Taylor.”
And State Senator Brian Benjamin said, “Al Taylor is a man of integrity, a man of decency and he’s a man when he says he’s going to do something, he does it. We need more people in Albany like Al that are honest and who fight for the people. I’m proud to endorse Al Taylor for State Assembly.”
Taylor added, “I know the District, its people, its problems and its promise. I’ve listened to families on our streets, in the subways and at community meetings, sat with teachers and children in their classrooms, walked picket lines with union members and visited with our seniors and tenant associations. I’ve heard people’s concerns, their complaints, and their hopes for the future. I am ready to be the next Representative.”
As a community organizer, District Leader, Pastor and Chief of Staff for Assemblyman Denny Farrell, Al Taylor has fought to give back to the community that gave him a chance. He started the innovative “Man Up in Harlem” program that has helped significantly reduce violence in the Polo Grounds/Rucker Park area, and is now being used in other developments; worked with young people to make better choices and get a good education; and running Farrell’s District Office has helped seniors get the services they need and worked with tenants and families who were being harassed by greedy landlords.