The Majority Leader

Monday, December 14, 2009

New York State Senate Majority Leader (D-33rd, Bronx) Pedro Espada, Jr. talks about the state’s fiscal situation and responds to Gov. David Paterson’s criticism of him over the budget crisis stalemate.


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Comments [50]


Why is this criminal allowed to tie up the state legislature in perpetuity? Get him out off office!!!! No one respects this guy!

Dec. 14 2009 10:05 PM
mack lively from here

No wonder I didn't major in Political Science!

On a side note, I feel bad for Paterson; are we forgetting that the last Govenor at this time was Spitzing in a huge sex scandal? Paterson should get more credit from the general media.

Dec. 14 2009 07:46 PM
Kevin from Manhattan

The comments began well, especialy the first - this was a waste of air time. Mr. Lehrer has been thinly veiling his critiques of President Obama - referring to his Nobel Prize acceptance speech as a "lecture" - but he lets Pedro Espada get away with senseless bloviating. But then again, he probably doesn't have to buddy up to bigger "guests" than our "statesmen" in Albany.

Dec. 14 2009 01:29 PM
Calls'em As I Sees'em from Salisbury, Rhodesia via McLean, VA via Langley AFB - LOL!

Voter (and your other IDs)

And I stand by everything that I have said also.

My posts have been far more extensive and detailed on policy, history and societal analysis then yours, although I, as a fellow American express my opinions as well.

If I recall, we even agree from time to time, so what's your beef? You posted a question or two, and my response was not to your specific liking at that time? Lol.

As I said before - and I hope this construed as a constructive suggestion and not a personal attack on you - “get a life.” Happy Holidays to all.

Dec. 14 2009 12:12 PM
Voter from Brooklyn

I have no interest in being anyone else on this board but Voter from Brooklyn and I stand by everything I’ve said.

Dec. 14 2009 11:39 AM
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Dec. 14 2009 11:39 AM
Voter from Brooklyn

BL Moderator:
Was my post detailing how the person claiming fraud is a fraud themselves removed? I think there is a little pot/kettle action going on.
Calls’em didn’t bank on the possibility that someone on this site would be from the place (Hampton, VA) he claims as his location and would know whether what he says about the location was true or pure fabrication.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again Calls’em, the frauds you have committed in the past make it hard to believe someone has committed a fraud against you.
I’m not sure if this is astroturfing or not, but what I do know is that it lacks credibility.

Dec. 14 2009 11:32 AM
Calls'em As I Sees'em from Langley, VA

VOTER - clearly you are the spoofer and need to be banned from this board (that includes your several other different identities).

As to you other assertions, this is America and I believe that you can still say what you wish. I long ago addressed your concerns in several detailed posts to you. As someone who has spent a lot of time at both Langley’s, but is still (as I told you before) a native New Yorker (who like many others at places like both Langley’s) vote in NY, I remain concerned about what happens in the greatest city in the world.

You, as a native Virginian know more than none natives like me transiting through. Congrats on that. I have lived in Hampton, Reston, Springfield, Oakton and DC. Hampton has a City Manager (as I said) and as you say a Mayor. I knew the Manager. You know about the Mayor. And you point is??? I have bigger fish to fry and you probably need to get a life.

Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year and stop spoofing folks and making stuff up.

Dec. 14 2009 11:28 AM
Michael from Rockville Centre,

Pedro Espada is a perfect example of The Peter Principle.As a Democrat,I find Espada to be a total embarrassment.Nothing is going to get done as long as he is a leader of the New York Senate.Why did Brian let him run on and on with out a tough question.

Dec. 14 2009 11:21 AM
Michael from Rockville Centre,

Pedro Espada is a perfect example of The Peter Principle.As a Democrat,I find Espada to be a total embarrassment.Nothing is going to get done as long as he is a leader of the New York Senate.Why did Brian let him run on and on with out a tough question.

Dec. 14 2009 11:21 AM
Calls'em As I Sees'em from Langley, VA

It's funny that some loser should spoof me on this one when we can all agree that that this guy is also a loser. The fact that there have been several generations of inbred Democrat corruption, especially in urban areas like New York and Chicago is a historical fact. The have been corrupt Republican cities like Philadelphia (for much of the 20th century; now just another Dem stronghold of corruption and minority poverty), but these are far fewer in example.

Dec. 14 2009 11:03 AM
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Dec. 14 2009 11:03 AM
Craig Bishop from NYC

What a POS. Every time Pedro Espada opens his mouth, I imagine some sleezy used car salesman trying to convince me that the wreck he's trying to sell me is really a gem. I support the Governor's stepping up to the plate and doing what apparently needs to be done. Espada and the rest of those self-serving clowns in Albany obviously won't.

Dec. 14 2009 11:02 AM

Espada's main talking point, repeated at least 4 times, seemed to be to "stop the name-calling." I'd respectfully like to point out that if you stop doing filthy rotten scumbag things, people would stop calling you a FILTHY ROTTEN SCUMBAG.

As Voter from Brooklyn said, let's vote 'em all out. Every single one. It's a great message.

Dec. 14 2009 10:59 AM
Madeline from Brooklyn

Amen to all of the above... I'm grateful to know I'm not the only one who wanted to hurl my radio across the room during this segment. And I'm comforted to have all of you as my fellow citizens.

I just can't figure out why Brian consistently gives this charlatan such an easy ride; this isn't the first time. I feel that when public officials show such blatant hypocricy (such as Espada even daring to accuse Patterson of "game playing"), or fail to provide even a mote of substance, they shouldn't be given a pass.

Dec. 14 2009 10:57 AM
David from Brooklyn

Your guest, Pedro Espada, Jr., is the unfortunate consequence of an irresponsible constituency electing unsuitable legislators, which has led to the demise of our formerly thriving city. Governor Patterson is wise in his choice to restore our State’s fiscal integrity by controlling spending. Pedro Espada’s is simply looking for a bailout, which does not resolve the problem, as was quite clear from his talk.

Dec. 14 2009 10:48 AM
bosko from jackson heights

pedro espada has no respect for the people of new york.

Dec. 14 2009 10:42 AM
Y from Upstate NY

I was going to write in and tell you how outraged I am while listening to this segment, but I see that my fellow listeners have already stated so eloquently my feelings. Initially I was going to say that I agree that you should not be giving Espada and Monserat the air time, but after some thought I think you actually should, if only to remind us how self-serving and corrupt these two are. There are crooks in both parties, but these 2 have no shame whatsoever. So I hope all the voters in their districts remember what they have done at election time - and that is NOT serving the public!

Dec. 14 2009 10:41 AM
jen from manhattan

I am so disappointed in the state legislature. It's been clear for months they don't intend to do anything and let the governor do all the dirty work. I am a lifelong Democrat who is now completely embarrassed by my own party. I just hope the people of New York won't be fooled by Senator Espada's populist rhetoric.

Dec. 14 2009 10:38 AM
Voter from Brooklyn

It would be wise for the Democrats to run primary challengers against every Democratic incumbent in the state senate. I know I have absolutely no intention of voting for my representative when she is up for reelection. She knows she is trouble too, she sent out a mailing all but apologizing for this summer’s shenanigans without acknowledging how complicit she was in all of it. Now she’s introduced a measure so she won’t be heckled. What a joke.

Dec. 14 2009 10:38 AM
Tom from UWS

@ David from Harrison -
As a Nebraska native, I can tell you that a single house is indeed all that is required to run a state. The bicameral model based on the US Congress is wasteful of both time and money for a state government.

Our Senate is such a bust that I don't even like the senators I like ...

Dec. 14 2009 10:28 AM
Jon from NYC

@ Tom [25]:
I'd run in a heartbeat because I need the paycheck. But, because I'm an honest guy, no party will help me onto the ticket.

Dec. 14 2009 10:28 AM
rt from NJ

given Brian's usual tough questioning of his guests, it's very surprising that he has not challenged Espada's campaign-trail packaged comments that Espada just repeated rote over and over.

re the "legislature's" supposed identification of myriad ways to improve NY State's solvency: what have you done about those all these months (and years)??

Dec. 14 2009 10:27 AM
Derrell from Red Hook

"As majority leader." What a nightmare. Might as well bring Joe Bruno back.

Dec. 14 2009 10:27 AM

I'd put my faith in Patterson in a second; I've NO faith in the legislature, which is famously corrupt and, worse, incompetent.

As exemplified by the despicable Espada.

Dec. 14 2009 10:26 AM
Derrell from Red Hook

Nothing but hot air. I missed most of this. Were there any hard questions at all?

Dec. 14 2009 10:26 AM
Michael from Rockville Centre,

Tell Espada to shut up !! what a hack and phoney,

Dec. 14 2009 10:24 AM
Tom from UWS

Judging from comments above, we should get about going over the heads of the state Dem party and find a great candidate to run against Espada in the Bronx, and support that person in a primary fight. The party won't do it, the people can. I'm a Manhattanite without an extra buck, but I'd find a few to support that effort.

Dec. 14 2009 10:24 AM
Michael from East Village

I thought Governor Patterson was going too far, but this senator's evasion of Brian's questions about the letter from the credit rating agencies is making me think he doesn't have an answer to that problem and that the Governor's cuts are reasonable.

Dec. 14 2009 10:24 AM
David from Harrison, NY

Are there not enough responsible senators -- perhaps a group cobbled together from both parties to intelligently deal with the fiscal crisis? Maybe not. Maybe, Rick Lazio's proposal to eliminate one legislative house-- and have unicameral legislature -- is what needs to be done in the longer term

Dec. 14 2009 10:23 AM
sean from brooklyn

Surprised that we are so shocked a "payroll tax" in a time when unemployment is going up did not raise enough money for the mta. Albany is a mess and Espada is a bigger cause than Patterson.

Dec. 14 2009 10:23 AM
Darryl Clark

If there is such bi-partisan support, why is he challenging Governor Patterson versus just taking the lead and delivering

Dec. 14 2009 10:22 AM
Susan from Kingston


Dec. 14 2009 10:22 AM
James from Brooklyn

My respect for Gov Patterson has risen.

My respect for Pedro Espada has stayed the same, at zero.

How many meaningless phrases can this guy string together?

Dec. 14 2009 10:21 AM
Marleny from Harlem

Espada is so good at the talking points that he can't hide the fact that HE is one of the ones that does NOT understand the problem! He's facing a race as the unpopular candidate and is now using NPR to APPEAR to be popular.
Espada, a true Hustler.

Dec. 14 2009 10:20 AM
john from office

This is an embarrassment, these are our leaders ?. The ignorance is amazing.

Dec. 14 2009 10:20 AM
bernard joseph from brooklyn

besides the fiscal nightmare that this is- i cannot believe pedro espada is the senate majority leader for my state! it is shocking that this guy is an elected official who's opinion will actually affect my life. i wouldn't hire him to cut my lawn and he certainly should not be representing the people of this state.

Dec. 14 2009 10:20 AM
Susan from Kingston

Predro Espada is a crook! Why are you giving him air time? He is in part responsible for the situation that New York State finds itself in. Don't you have an integrity, Brian?

Dec. 14 2009 10:20 AM
Tom from UWS

"Poor leadership" is right. Particularly in the Senate. Mr. Espada wasted months of the people's time earlier this year in power struggles in Albany. The Senate and Legislature have avoided the hard work and own some of the responsibility for this situation.

For my money, I'd begin cuts by withholding paychecks for both houses and all their staff.

Dec. 14 2009 10:20 AM
Josh from Brooklyn

So who votes this guy out of office? The Bronx or Mamaroneck?

Dec. 14 2009 10:18 AM
SuzanneNYC from Upper West Side

So why didn't he do something when the legislature was in session earlier this month. This man is speaking nonsense. He has no credibility. NY state is being run by idiots.

Dec. 14 2009 10:17 AM
Jon from NYC

Addendum: Someone should tell Espada that restructuring doesn't close the gap. Even if all of the NYS debts are restructured to 0.001% interest, there'll STILL be a multi-billion dollar gap!!

C'mon, Brain - Be as tough on Espada as you were on Patterson!

Dec. 14 2009 10:17 AM
Trish from Midtown

This guy is unbelievable! He keeps saying "We could..." get money from x, y, and z places. WHY HAVEN'T THEY DONE THIS ALREADY!!!! WHAT ARE THEY WAITING FOR???? Another example of how the NYS legislature is useless at best.

Dec. 14 2009 10:17 AM
Voter from Brooklyn

This legislature has been a national embarrassment and the definition of do nothing legislatures. We don’t need more discussions and debates, we need responsible action to protect the state’s solvency and credit rating, not the incumbency of senators who can’t decide what party they are in and whether or not a girlfriend slasher should be lavished with concessions or admonished.
Mr. Espada is only concerned with Mr. Espada, not the people of the state of New York. It is galling he has the audacity to attack the governor’s leadership when Democratic leadership in the Senate has been nonexistent.
The senator speaks in drips and drabs, but he fails to understand his nickel and diming in millions means nothing when the state is in debt by billions.

Dec. 14 2009 10:17 AM
Bobby G from East Village

"Poor leadership is right."
The public is angry at the state legislature in general, the senate in particular and Pedro Espada in particular!

Dec. 14 2009 10:17 AM
Tonky from Red Hook

Pedro Espada is a criminal and a hack.

Mr. Espada weaseled his his way into the majority position by shutting down government for months this summer. How DARE he take the moral high ground here. His words have no meaning.

Mr. Espada: Shut up until the voters throw you to the curb.

Gov. Paterson has taken action where a disfunctional and incompetent Senate in Albany could not.

Dec. 14 2009 10:16 AM
Jon from NYC

Did I just hear the man who almost single-handedly locked up Albany for a month just claim that the legislature never backs down from doing the state's responsibilities?

Thanks, Pedro - I needed the laugh.

Now how about every stop kibbitzing around in the courts and instead put some rubber on the road and GET NYS OUT OF THIS BUDGET HELL-HOLE?

Dec. 14 2009 10:13 AM
steve from manhattan

given espada's actions over the summer, anything he has to say on any issue is irrelevant. he's self serving and disingenuous.
he should go work for tom golisano.

Dec. 14 2009 10:12 AM
Josh from Brooklyn

I find it interesting that the thing Espada is worried about (and most of his collegues) is what powers the Governor has. Law suits are being waved that Paterson is beyond his job description. Excuse me Albany, but it seems to me you should be more worried about shutting off the lights because you simply can't do your job. We elected you to take care of the budget. It seems you are incapable of doing that. But somebody still has to. If you did your job, this woudln't be happening. Stop whining about Paterson and get off your butt. It seems the gov. is the only one minding the store.

Dec. 14 2009 10:07 AM
Calls'em As I Sees'em from Langley, VA

What a waste of air time. Man up Brian and kick this guy's ass!!!

He's another NYS Dem who is a morally bankrupt, intellectual idiot who is soon to be indicted and kicked out of office for falsifying his residence to get elected.

Why are the Dems in NY and Chicago so corrupt? Reasonable minds boggle at the audacity or in reality the mendacity of Democrat elected official corruption - it’s never ending; and they want to be a one party state.

Dec. 14 2009 10:07 AM

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