Vanguard of the Senate Revolution

When no one else will, Kruger and Espada battle on behalf of the people

But let him speak for himself:

"It is a very responsible proposal," he says, speaking into his Senate-financed camera. "What it did not do is give the MTA a blank check. It seeks the MTA to be accountable, to be responsible, to be transparent, and to really undergo the kind of auditing that any corporation or agency should undergo before it starts asking for more money."

In a separate statement issued last week, and forwarded by his press aide, Espada said that all this talk about imminent fare hikes is really just a scare tactic. "I believe there is ample time for Albany to step in and prevent these massive fare hikes and service cuts," he said. But, with the people's money, it is most important to be careful, he said. "Fiscal prudence must prevail," he stated.

Cadillac Carl (left) and his Senate allies Ruben Diaz Sr. and Pedro Espada Jr.
AP Photo/Mike Groll
Cadillac Carl (left) and his Senate allies Ruben Diaz Sr. and Pedro Espada Jr.

Espada knows whereof he speaks. At the exact same time that he is insisting on transparency from the transit agency, he is doing the same with the State Board of Elections. The agency has been giving him a hard time about the fact that he has yet to file what it deems proper campaign expense statements from his 2008 primary and general election contests.

Actually, if the board's lawyers would only listen, they would see that Espada has already made several filings for a committee called "Espada for the People" (what else would you call it?). OK, there was a slight oversight in that the committee had the wrong designation-a political action committee, versus an election committee-but is that really important? It is all being straightened out.

And the fact that there were no expenditures at all listed on his "11-day pre-primary" filing? Or that the general election reports are still among the missing? Again, this is the kind of nit-picking that only bureaucratic pinheads would engage in.

What do they think he is? The MTA?

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