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WNYC News

Health Officials Support Ousting Espada from Soundview

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Senator Pedro Espada continues at the helm of the community health clinics he founded. But state authorities say allegations against Espada mean he should step down.

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The Empire

Mr. No Title

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

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Bob Hennelly emails from Albany this shot of the indicted state senator's name plate in the hallway of the capitol, which now, makes no reference to that leadership post he was promptly stripped of.

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WNYC News

Espada and Son Plead Not Guilty

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Bronx State Senator Pedro Espada and his son Pedro Gautier Espada have pleaded not guilty to charges that they stole more than half a million dollars from a non-profit healthcare network they run in the Bronx.

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The Empire

State Senator Espada, and son, indicted

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Colleague Ailsa Chang reports:

A federal grand jury in Brooklyn has charged outgoing state Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada and his son with embezzling more than half a million dollars from health care clinics they ran in the Bronx.

Espada founded Soundview Healthcare Center in 1978 to provide healthcare for poor Bronx residents. The health network takes in more than a million federal dollars a year. Prosecutors now say the Espadas used that money to maintain a lavish lifestyle.

A spokesman for the State Senate Democrats says they have already removed Espada from his post as Majority Leader and Chairman of the Housing Committee "effective immediately."

Through a lawyer, both deny any wrong doing and will appear in court tomorrow afternoon.

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WNYC News

Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada Indicted

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

A federal grand jury in Brooklyn has charged outgoing state Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada and his son with embezzling more than half a million dollars from health care clinics they ran in the Bronx. Espada lost his bid for reelection in the September primary.

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The Empire

Behaving badly in Albany

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

A disturbing trend continues:

Parker did not take the stand in his own defense and will be sentenced on January 27.

It continues a troublesome trend in Albany. Since the start of 2009, eight state Senators have come under scrutiny for wrongdoing.

Here's the tally:

Kevin Parker: Was found guilty today of beating up a New York Post photographer. Parker declined to take the stand in his own defense.

Vincent Leibell: Plead guilty to obstructing justice and not reporting as income money he took from two attorneys. Leibell’s attempt to cover up the payments were secretly recorded by prosecutors.

Pedro Epsada: Allegedly steered tax-payer money from a local health care facility into his pocket. Espada maintains he’s innocent.

Hiram Monserrate: Was found guilty of misdemeanor assault related to the night he says he accidentally broke a water glass against his girlfriend’s face. Monserrate has said prosecutors unfairly went after him and ignored his side of the story.

Carl Kruger: Was investigated by federal authorities for allegedly seeking contributions in exchange for favors. The probe reportedly extended to one of Kruger’s aides.

John Sampson: Allegedly passed along sensitive information to one of the Aqueduct bidders. Also, bidders sought to curry favor with Sampson once he took over the Senate leadership from Smith.

Malcolm Smith: Stood to benefit from deals with Aqueduct bidders before he was deposed by Sampson, according to the Inspector General’s report [.pdf].

Eric Adams: Named in the IG’s report, and, to clear his name, has convened a conference call with district leaders and will send a letter to his constituents explaining what he did during the Aqueduct bidding process. He says he did nothing wrong.

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It's A Free Country ®

Rivera's Victory was Rejection of Espada

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

WNYC

Pedro Espada urged voters to "Defend What's Ours" in palm cards distributed on Election Day. Instead they kicked him out of office, by a wide margin.

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Pedro Espada Loses Seat

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

WNYC

In a surprise upset, Gustavo Rivera, a college professor and Democratic activist defeated State Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada in the Bronx.

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The Empire

Predictions for the NY Primaries

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

A few brave souls, including Carl Paladino's campaign manager, my mom, and Newsday reporter Reid Esptein, offered their predictions on tonight's races.

The consensus from the predictions (submitted before polls closed) is that Tea Party-backed Carl Paladino overtakes Rick Lazio in the Republican primary; progressive Eric Schneiderman holds off the opposition in the Democratic attorney general's race, Rep. Charlie Rangel cruises to re-election; embattled State Senator Pedro Espada succumbs to unified opposition, and former State Senator Hiram Monserrate gets denied a return to the legislature.

We'll see.

Anyway, here are the predictors (If I missed yours, stick it in the comments section):

NY GOP GOV PRIMARY

Newsday Reporter Reid Epstein
56: Lazio
44: Paladino

Operative Eric Kuo
55: Lazio
44: Paladino

Publisher/Editor Michael Schenkler
53: Lazio
47: Paladino

My Mom, Myra Paybarah
53: Lazio
47: Paladino

Fake Sheldon Silver Twitter Person
56: Lazio
40: Paladino

Former Attorney John Ohara
57: Paladino
43: Lazio

Consultant Evan Stavisky
55: Paladino
45: Lazio

Consultant Bob LIff
54: Paladino
46: Lazio

Blogger Aaron Naparstek
54: Lazio
46: Paladino (or "Sith Lord Palpatino" as Naparstek calls him)

Union Organizer Neal Kwatra
53: Paladino
46: Lazio
1: Other

Pollster Peter Feld
53: Paladino
47: Lazio

Paladino's Campaign Manager Michael Caputo
52: Paladino
48: Lazio

Sliwa Radio Producer Frank Morano
52: Paladino
48: Lazio

NY Observer Blogger David Freedlander
51: Paladino
49: Lazio

Operative Michael Fragin
51: Paladino
48: Lazio

Democratic Operative Al Benninghoff
49: Paladino
47: Lazio
3: Other

AG DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY

My Mom, Myra Paybarah
46: Schneiderman
20: Brodsky
17: Rice
11: Coffey
6: Dinallo

Former Attorney John Ohara
44: Schneiderman
41: Rice
5: Brodsky
5: Coffey
5: Dinallo

Democratic Operative Al Benninghoff
39: Schneiderman
31: Rice
13: Cofffey
8: Brodsky

Consultant Evan Stavisky
38: Schneiderman
32: Rice
15: Coffey
9: Brodsky
6: Dinallo

Operative Eric Kuo
38: Schneiderman
35: Rice
21: Coffey
3: Dinallo
2: Coffey

NY Observer Blogger David Freedlander
36: Schneiderman
31: Rice
14: Coffey
13: Brodsky
6: Dinallo

Newsday Reporter Reid Epstein
35: Schneiderman
28: Rice
18: Coffey
15: Brodsky
5: Dinallo

Union Organizer Neal Kwatra
35: Schneiderman
25: Rice
20: Coffey
12: Brodsky
8: Dinallo

Blogger Aaron Naparstek
33: Schneiderman
31: Rice
16: Coffey
14: Brodsky
6: Dinallo

Sliwa Radio Producer Frank Morano
32: Schneiderman
28: Rice
19: Coffey
13: Brodsky
8: Dinallo

Consultant Bob Liff
28: Schneiderman
21: Rice
19: Dinallo
16: Brodsky
6: Coffey

Operative Michael Fragin
28: Rice
27: Schneiderman
19: Coffey
13: Dinallo
10: Brodsky

Fake Sheldon Silver Twitter Person
28: Scheiderman
26: Rice
19: Brodsky
18: Coffey
9: Dinallo

Publisher/Editor Michael Schnenkler
26: Rice
25: Schneiderman
19: Brodsky
17: Coffey
13: Dinallo

Pollster Peter Feld
29: Rice
27 Schneiderman
19: Brodsky
13: Dinallo
12: Coffey

NY-1 GOP PRIMARY

Consultant Bob Liff
54: Altschuler
42: Cox
4: Demos

Publisher/Editor Michael Schnenkler
40: Altschuler
34: Cox
26: Demos

NY-13 GOP PRIMARY

Pollster Peter Feld
62: Grimm
38: Allegretti

Consultant Bob Liff
54: Grimm
46: Allegretti

Sliwa Radio Producer Frank Morano
55: Grimm
45: Allegretti

NY-14 DEM PRIMARY

Pollster Peter Feld
83: Maloney
17: Saujani

Former Attorney John Ohara
73: Maloney
27: Saujani

Fake Sheldon Silver Twitter Person
68: Maloney
32: Saujani

Blogger Aaron Naparstek
66: Maloney
34: Saujani

Publisher/Editor Michael Schnenkler
54.5: Maloney
45.5 Saujani

NY-15 DEM PRIMARY

Consultant Bob Liff
59: Rangel
21: Powell
8: Johnson
7: Tasini
5: Morgan

Publisher/Editor Michael Schnenkler
48: Rangel
30: Powell
11: Tasini
6: Morgan
5: Johnson

Former Attorney John Ohara
47: Rangel
38: Powell
6: Johnson
6: Tasini
3: Morgan

Blogger Aaron Naparstek
44: Rangel
24: Powell
18: Johnson
8: Morgan
6: Tasini

Fake Sheldon Silver Twitter Person
41: Rangel
26: Powell
17: Johnson
9: Tasini
7: Morgan

Conservative GOV PRIMARY

Former Attorney John Ohara
55: Largio
45: Lazio

Consultant Bob Liff
67: Lazio
33: Largio

Publisher/Editor Michael Schnenkler
56: Lazio
44: Largio

Sliwa Radio Producer Frank Morano
65: Lazio
35: Lorigo

GOP PRIMARY US SENATE (vs Gillibrand)

Consultant Bob Liff
41: Blakeman
40: Malpass
19: DioGuardi

Aaron Naparstek
41: Malpass
40: DioGuardi
29: Blakeman

Publisher/Editor Michael Schnenkler
34: DioGuardi
33: Malpass
32: Blakeman

GOP PRIMARY US SENATE (vs Schumer)

Consultant Bob Liff
61: Berntsen
39: Townsend

Publisher/Editor Michael Schnenkler
56: Berntsen
44: Townsend

DEM PRIMARY US SENATE

Democratic Operative Al Benninghoff
95: Gillibrand
4: Goode

Consultant Bob Liff
78: Gillibrand
22: Goode

Publisher/Editor Michael Schnenkler
77: Gillibrand
23: Goode

Blogger Aaron Naparstek
74: Gillibrand
26: Goode

Former Attorney John Ohara
74: Gillibrand
26: Goode

State Senate: 30

Consultant Bob Liff
55: Perkins
45: Smikle

Democratic Operative Al Benninghoff
55: Smikle
45: Perkins

Former Attorney John Ohara
56: Perkins
44: Smikle

State Senate 31 (Schneiderman's Seat)

Consultant Bob Liff
48: Espaillat
41: Levine
8: Lewis
3: Munoz

State Senate 33

Democratic Operative Al Benninghoff
45: Rivera
42: Espada
2: Padernatch

Consultant Bob Liff
54: Rivera
41: Espada
0: Padernacht

Blogger Aaron Naparstek
50: Rivera
46: Espada
4: Padernacht

State Senate: 39

Democratic Operative Al Benninghoff
75: Moya
25: Monserrate

Consultant Bob Liff
66: Moya
34: Monserrate

Publisher/Editor Michael Schnenkler
56: Moya
44: Monserrate

State Senate: 10

Publisher/Editor Michael Schnenkler
61: Huntley
39: Nunes

Consultant Bob Liff
53: Huntley
47: Nunes

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The Empire

Espada's Westchester Home is for the Children

Monday, September 13, 2010

The Bronx & Westchester

Espada represents the Bronx, and owns a home in Westchester. (Azi Paybarah / WNYC)

Surprising candor from embattled State Senator Pedro Espada, about the home he owns outside the district:

He does not deny he owns a home in Westchester and goes on to share some of his family's internal dynamics. "In 1991, I purchased a home in Mamaroneck," he says. "My wife was lead in that decision-making because she felt my grandchildren -- I have 10 grandchildren -- felt that they needed another educational opportunity, an outlet, and we did that and it has been a source of constructive tension in our relationship, my wanting to continue in public service and my wife wanting certain things for her grandchildren."

[via WNYC's Bob Hennelly]

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In Espada's District, Votes for The Other Guy

Monday, September 13, 2010

WNYC

The eyes of the city's political class are focused on New York's 33rd Senate district in the northwest Bronx, where State Senate Majority Leader and Albany coup architect Pedro Espada is running for re-election against new-comer Gustavo Rivera. But many people in the neighborhood are unaware of next Tuesday's Democratic primary.

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Campaign Postcard: Embattled Espada Faces Fight of His Career

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Under state and federal scrutiny over allegations that he illegally pocketed millions from a community health care network, state Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada faces a well-organized challenger in Gustavo Rivera.

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WNYC News

Latino Lawmakers Face Challenges in Next Week's Primary

Thursday, September 09, 2010

Bronx State Sen. Pedro Espada is one of a number of veteran Latino lawmakers who face serious challenges in next week's Democratic primary. Espada, the Senate majority leader, led a group of Democratic lawmakers whose brief defection to the Republicans in 2009 threw Albany into a near constitutional crisis. Others facing tough fights include Bronx state Sen. Ruben Diaz Sr. and former State Sen. Hiram Monserratte, who was forced to leave the Senate over domestic violence charges, and is trying to make a comeback in an open Assembly seat in Queens.

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The Empire

With Espada

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Senate Conference Leader John Sampson does what not many Democrats are doing: appearing with Pedro Espada Jr.

They're announcing a town hall meeting about immigration on September 9. Another town hall meeting Epsada organized was canceled, reportedly, because it was drawing protests from his critics. Of which, there are many.

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The Empire

Air Espada

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

/> Pedro Espada's new ad notes there's "a dishonest campaign being waged by wealthy outsiders against me."

That would be the Roosevelt Initiative, organized by one-time LT gubernatorial candidate Bill Samuels.

The ad is straight to camera, defiant, and paints the senator as the victim of an organized attack. And for good measure, he quotes the bible. Espada is facing an organized opponent in Gustavo Rivera, and a second challenger, community board member Dan Padernacht. Critics fear Rivera and Paderncacht could split the opposition vote, ensuring Epsada's victory.

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Azi Paybarah

Espada Files Signatures, Strikes Out at Democrats

Monday, July 12, 2010

Embattled Democratic State Senator Pedro Espada, surrounded by supporters outside the Bronx Board of Elections Office, said he filed 10,000 signatures to get on the ballot for re-election on the Democratic line this fall.

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Azi Paybarah

Paterson Explains Republican, Democratic Opposition

Thursday, June 10, 2010

WNYC

As part of radio blitz this morning, David Paterson laid out the case against Democratic and Republican opposition to his budget cuts.

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WNYC News

'Los Cuatro Amigos'... The Four Friends?

Monday, July 20, 2009

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With the issue of mayoral control of schools hanging in the balance, State Senators Ruben Diaz, Sr., Pedro Espada, Jr., Hiram Monserrate and Carl Kruger met for lunch to publicly discuss the amendments they want included in the controversial legislation. The group wants a parent training center ...

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WNYC News

Monserrate Rejoins the Democrats

Monday, June 15, 2009

In Albany, it's still unclear who's in control. Lawmakers continue to await a court decision on whether last week's Republican takeover of the Senate chamber was legal. Today, Queens Senator Hiram Monserrate switched his allegiance back to fellow Democrats, making an even 31 to 31 vote split in the chamber.

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WNYC News

Senate Coup: Reform or Power Grab?

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

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One of the dissident Democrats who joined Republicans in yesterday's leadership coup in New York's Senate says the move isn't about returning power to the GOP. Queens Democrat Hiram Monserrate tells WNYC's Brian Lehrer it's about ...

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