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State Mulls Closing Clinic Run by Embattled Ex-Senator Espada

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

State officials will decide in the coming days whether to revoke the Medicaid license of the Soundview Health Center, the South Bronx clinic run by embattled former Senator Pedro Espada. 

If the clinic loses its license, the action could close the facility in one of the poorest parts of the state.

The indicted ex-lawmaker — a Democrat who faces trial on charges he misused health center funds — and his son were banned from receiving Medicaid dollars earlier this year, but they have remained at the helm of Soundview.

"Not one penny of Medicaid dollars has gone toward my salary and fringe benefits — or of my son," Espada said.

He said Soundview gets about half of its $14 million budget from Medicaid.

State officials also say Soundview has failed to comply with anti-corruption regulations or to cooperate with auditors — accusations Espada rejected.

He said the charges are being unfairly linked to his indictment by federal prosecutors for embezzling money, and he maintained he should be considered innocent until proven guilty.

With the Associated Press

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