Morris Heights Resident Looks to Challenge Sen. Serrano

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Mark Escoffery-Bey owns and runs a copy store in Morrisania. “It's like Kinkos, but it’s not Kinkos,” he says.

The native of Jamaica is also a film-maker and a karaoke host at Bronx bars and restaurants, although both have taken back seat in recent weeks because he's running against, or trying to run against, State Senator Jose M. Serrano.

The 46-year-old Morris Heights resident is, by his own admittance, a long-shot candidate. He has no endorsements and little money, but he feels he's collected enough petition signatures to at least get on the ballot, even if his signatures are challenged. (The deadline for filing is today.) That would be an improvement on the last time he ran for office in 2008, against Councilwoman Helen Foster.

“I made the ballot but then it was challenged and I was taken off,” said Mark Escoffery-Bey (pictured above). “I take responsibily for that. I was new to the process and I didn’t know all the little nuances, so my signatures lacked integrity.”

This time Escoffery-Bey, a married father of two,