NEW YORK (PIX11)—The street vendor credited with tipping off police about a car bomb in Times Square nearly two years ago has announced plans to run for Congress in Westchester.
Duane Jackson, 59, of Westchester County, is throwing his hat in the political ring this election season, challenging freshman Rep. Nan Hayworth in the 19th Congressional District.
"In Times Square gridlock, there's a method to the madness," he told the New York Post. "In DC, they've lost their way, and they need a pathfinder compass."
Nearly two years ago, Jackson was hailed a hero when he noticed the SUV parked in a prohibited spot on West 45th Street on May 1, 2010.
Jackson, who was working as a street vendor at the time, said he saw the Nissan Pathfinder parked directly across from him, and noticed the car was running. A closer look revealed a key in the ignition, with 15 or 20 keys hanging by the same key chain. Immediately, he grew suspicious.
He and another vendor, Lance Horton flagged down some police officers, which led to the mass evacuation of thousands of pedestrians.