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Smith to Espada: Pay Fines or Else

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

New York Senate Majority Leader Malcolm Smith is threatening to take action against a Bronx state Senator accused of campaign violations. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany.

REPORTER: Senate leader Smith in a statement said that Senator Pedro Espada has one week to pay back tens of thousands of dollars in fines that he owes to state board of election for campaign violations, or Smith says he'll face sanctions.

Espada, a high ranking Senate Democrat from the Bronx whose duties include chair of the housing committee, is also under investigation by attorney general Andrew Cuomo for alleged campaign violations.

It's the second time in as many days that Senator Smith has taken action against a member of the Senate Democratic conference. Smith stripped Senator Parker of Brooklyn of his post as the chair of the energy committee after Parker was arrested over the weekend accused of assaulting a New York Post photographer. In Albany, I'm Karen DeWitt.

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