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Daily News Albany bureau chief Ken Lovett discusses the civil suit Attorney General Andrew Cuomo filed against Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada (D-33rd District) over the finances at his non-profit.
The only reasonable response to Espada's erratic, irresposible actions: campaign for Desiree Hunter, donate to Desiree Hunter, vote for Desiree Hunter. If you live in the 33rd district, please have some self-respect and remove Espada from office. If you don't live in the 33rd district and want to stand with our community, please donate to Desiree Hunter's campaign at www.ActBlue.com -- Thanks.
It was an unfortunate thing for the host to say. I sincerely hope it was not from personal experience. I guess there are three legitimate ways of dining on the company dime, business entertaining, getting comp’d during travel (for example, betweens one’s district and primary residence) or extra-ordinary and extended hours in the office.
I take exception to Brian Lehrer's comment that "lots of people order $80 food a week on the company, even non-profits." As someone who has served on the boards of at least five non-profits, I would say that an employee who ordered food delivered to his home for his personal use on the organization's dime is STEALING.
Pedro Espada only won election because his opponent was under indictment and even then it was close. Some voters went with what they thought was the lesser of two evils. Now, Efrain Gonzalez doesn't look so bad.Espada does not live in the district. He does not represent the district. He is corrupt. His is the politics of personal power and financial self-interest. Thankfully, we now have a choice. We now have someone worth supporting. Vote for Desiree Pilgrim-Hunter.Even if you don't live in the district, go to ActBlue and donate to Desiree Pilgrim-Hunter's campaign.
If Cuomo is just making this stuff up out of whole cloth, then he should be forced to resign.
On the other hand if the charges are true...then there should be CRIMINAL charges!!!
My question is whether or not these practices are common in the political/non profit sector. This bum just happened to be so outrageous and such a stinker that he merits a slap on the wrist civil action.......if this is the threshold of what it takes to pose a civil action; then imagine all of the many thousands pf public officials and non profit execs that are doing the same things but are a bit more discreet.
I dare say that these abuses are systemic....and for anyone with some intelligence and discretion...they will find ways to milk their positions and power *legally*.
All of these laws need to be strengthened. The problem is SYSTEMIC!!!
Oh yes, of course, it's ALWAYS racial when someone gets caught! Pa-leeeze.
So what he's a good politician!! Doesn't make him anyone who does anything for his community. So he helped his cronies who were indicted for crimes, that makes him a "good guy"? Who is this journalist? He doesn't speak for the community but for the favor of Espada! He doesn't know what he's talking about.
I told you he's not supported in his district.
Just because his healthcare service does good, supposedly, doesn't excuse criminal behavior and doesn't excuse him from going to prison or whatever punishment is due for that crime.
the people of the bronx are as badly represented as southern hillbillies, but in both cases I blame the voters!
Soundview, Sotomayor's old neighborhood.
I hope they deliver sushi to federal prison.
My upstairs neighbor, no state rep, to be sure, orders out pretty much daily. I'd be broke if I did that, but if it isn't coming out of your own pocket, sushi for the whole family once or twice a week over 5 years: that could easily add up to $20K.
Alternatively, if you're hosting the whole board or a staff retreat at your house with any regularity, you could really run up a bill.
Where was the State Comptroller the past 5 years.......doesn't anyone watch over not for profit?
Robert from NTC please tell me more
As a member of State Senator Espada's district, I am grateful that Desiree Pilgrim-Hunter has decided to run in the primary.She is an exceptional candidate. When she wins, and she will win, dignity will be restored to our community. When she wins, and she will win, integrity will be restored to the office of state senator. When she wins, and she will win, our community will be liberated from the failed politics of corruption, greed, cynicism and self-interest. When Desiree Pilgrim-Hunter wins, and she will win, our community will stand proud.
This man and his gang are the lowest level of sleaze. You have to scrape beneath all the other sleaze to get to them. He is senator in my mother's district and he and the city councilwoman for the district do nothing but skim funds. I can tell you stories but won't bore you. This is Earth Day, we should clean it up by dumping him and his gang. i have very little faith in our state government as it is, if he gets away with this I will have no faith whatsoever. The corruption in both state and city govt. is and has been for years way off the board. Need I bring up the Second Ave Subway?!!!
The State budget deficit is more than $9 billion. Isn't Medicaid the NY State government's single largest expense? Does't that make the accusations against State Senate Majority Leader Espada that much more despicable?
I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW WHO PAYS FOR ALL THE HAIR DYE !
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