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Pedro Espada

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2013

    A Week Before His Sentencing, Former State Senator Pedro Espada Wants a Retrial

    It was a quintessential New York corruption story. A few years ago, state Senator Pedro Espada Jr. and his son, Pedro Gautier Espada, were busted by then-Attorney General Andrew Cuomo of embezzling at least $500,000 from the family's nonprofit in the Soundview section of the Bronx. Former Voice writ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2012

    Espada & Son Will Plead Guilty To Embezzlement Charges Today

    Sometimes, you have to just give in (to charges of embezzlement).When State Senator Pedro Espada was charged by Attorney General Andrew Cuomo in May 2010 with stealing $400,000 from a Bronx clinic that he helped set up, the Democratic powerhouse, like any politician, fought passionately for his repu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2012

    Pedro Estrada Gets Last Word In Feud With Andrew Cuomo: "Guilty." Former Senator Faces 43 Years In Prison

    Governor Andrew Cuomo and Disgraced former state Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada have had a fairly touchy relationship -- the gov accused Espada of being a criminal back when he was attorney general, and Espada charged that Cuomo was just an overzealous prosecutor on a witch hunt. Today, as the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2010

    State Health Bigs Gave Pedro Espada a Five-Year Pass to Keep Buying Subsidized Sushi

    ​The Wall Street Journal's Greater New York section lives up to its name today with a revealing story by reporter Jacob Gershman about how state officials blithely ignored warnings five years ago that Pedro Espada's health care empire was running wild. The warning was raised in a January 2005 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2010

    New Edition: Pedro Espada's Guide to Non-Profit Profiteering

    ​The indictment of state senator Pedro Espada Jr. and his son yesterday on federal embezzlement and conspiracy charges makes a pretty good guide for how to pick a nonprofit pocket: -For starters there's creative Amex card use: Espada's own lousy credit rating made him ineligible for the Don't- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2010

    Pedro Espada and Son Indicted on Charges of Embezzling $500K

    ​Pedro Espada Jr., 57, the outgoing Bronx state senator, Democrat, sushi-lover, has been indicted along with his son, Pedro Gautier Espada, on federal charges of embezzling more than $500,000 from their nonprofit, the Soundview HealthCare Network, reports the New York Times City Room blog.

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2010

    Is Pedro Espada Buying Votes With Jobs?

    ​The re-election campaign of Pedro Espada Jr. -- the New York state senator who made Albany go haywire when he betrayed the Democrats to go Republican only to betray Republicans to be lured back as an exponentially more powerful Democrat -- was just profiled by Nick Rizzo for Capital New York. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2010

    Pedro Espada is Getting Loads of Landlord Love, on the Down Low

    ​There aren't too many people looking to appear in campaign ads for the Bronx's Pedro Espada right now. But write him a fat check or two to help him win reelection next week? That's doable. The rogue state senator's latest campaign finance filings show that even as Espada's race was becoming t ... More >>

  • Columns

    August 18, 2010

    Pedro Espada's Primary Challenge

    Dressed for excess, the rascal pol even stiffed his tailor

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2010

    Pedro Espada Still Suitably Mysterious About His Finances

    Morgan Schweitzer​This week's Voice offers another fascinating chapter in the saga of State Senator Pedro Espada Jr.: This one has to do with how, after getting himself suitably attired with a half-dozen fine suits for his Albany power meetings, the Bronx pol proceeded to stiff his tailors for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2010

    Pedro Espada Throwing Money Away -- at Protestors

    ​For those following it, there was a pretty good episode of the Pedro Espada Jr. reality show yesterday. First, there was the rascally Bronx senator's announced boycott of the special session in Albany, on the grounds that the meeting -- which finalized the state's four-months-late budget -- w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2010

    Pedro Espada Blames Cuomo for Party Eviction Push

    ​Ex-boxer Pedro Espada Jr. jabbed back yesterday at the push by state Democratic party officials to strip the much-investigated state senator of his party affiliation, and he aimed his toughest punches at state Democrat Number One, Andrew Cuomo. "Every aspect of this is Cuomo," the Bronx battl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2010

    Pedro Espada Gets Sushi Surprise From Manhattan Young Democrats

    Emmy Suzuki Harris, VP of the Manhattan Dems.​A special delivery arrived on state Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada's Mamaroneck doorstep this Saturday, compliments of a pair of activists in bright orange prison jumpers flanked by angry Democrats dressed in "Don't Vote for Pedro" shirts. The ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2010

    Pedro Espada Takes Cuomo Hit No. 2 - and It's Even Tougher

    ​In many ways the lawsuit filed yesterday by Attorney General Andrew Cuomo's team against state senate rogue Pedro Espada is a much tougher hit than last week's allegations. Lawsuit No. 1 detailed Espada's greedy $14 million take-down from the chain of health care clinics he runs in the Bronx, ... More >>

  • Columns

    April 27, 2010

    Pedro Espada's Enablers

    The people who brought you Albany's greatest scoundrel

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2010

    Alleged Dirty Crook, Poor Tipper Pedro Espada, Jr. Didn't Do It, Says Facebook

    ​State Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada, Jr. is in a fair amount of shit. It seems New York attorney general Andrew Cuomo has it out for him, or at least has it out for politicians who brazenly break the law and shadily shuffle around big dollar amounts like they're the villain in a comic book. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2010

    Pedro Espada Clinic Gets Uninvited Visitors: FBI, IRS, Feds

    ​How bad are the financial hijinks by that scalawag state senator Pedro Espada cited in yesterday's civil suit against him by Attorney General Andrew Cuomo? Well, here's one measure: Now they're trying to make a federal case out of it. This morning a dozen FBI and IRS agents descended on Espa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2010

    Pedro Espada Jr.: No One's More Loyal -- to Landlords

    By Sara Gates Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada Jr. defected from the Democrats and then defected from the Republicans during last year's Albany madness, but he'll always be loyal to his landlord pals. Last month, Espada launched a trial balloon for legislation that would ostensibly "freeze rent ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2010

    Pedro Espada, at MLK Event, Compares Self to Martin Luther King

    Yesterday, the Bronx News Network reports, a memorial "Walk for Peace to End Gun and Youth Violence" was held in honor of Martin Luther King in The Bronx; Pedro Espada was there, marching behind a banner that bore the likenesses of Dr. King and himself. The march ended at First Union Baptist Church ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2010

    Haiti Is The Only Story

    ​Our normal political pursuits are rendered even more trivial than usual by the footage of the corpse-lined streets of Port- Au-Prince. Ford vs. Gillibrand? Paterson's depleted campaign treasury? Senate expulsion for Monserrate? Thirty days in jail for Dominic Carter? Our everyday concerns sli ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2010

    Andrew Cuomo's Office: "Evidence" Espada Companies Broke Tax, Campaign Finance Laws

    Attorney general Andrew Cuomo's investigation of Soundview, the medical business run by state senator Pedro Espada Jr., is getting bigger. His office released an "affirmation" by Mitra Hormozi, one of Cuomo's lawyers, which Liz Benjamin calls a "bombshell," as it alleges "extensive evidence" of va ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2010

    Andrew Cuomo Subpoenas E-mails, Etc. in Pedro Espada Investigation

    Attorney general Andrew Cuomo has subpoenaed a bunch of files relating to Soundview Health Care Network, the medical business empire of state senator Pedro Espada, Jr (pictured). E-mails, text messages and cell phone records are demanded. Espada pledges his full cooperation with the investigatio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2010

    Pedro Espada's Permit Makes the Big Time; Post Runs Down Illegally-Parked Mercedes

    Looks like that police parking permit which kept state senator Pedro Espada's Benz from being ticketed -- notwithstanding that he was parked by a fire hydrant -- has been discovered and shouted to the world by the New York Post. They don't mention that it came from Boogie Downer, but they do add th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2010

    Espada Parks By Fire Hydrant in Bronx! Ticketing Not Observed!

    ​Good work, citizen journalists! The Bronx's Boogie Downer finds state senator Pedro Espada's Mercedes Benz parked "in front of our building" right next to a fire hydrant, and apparently indemnified against ticketing by a police vehicle ID visible through the windshield, which "allowed [Espad ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2009

    Follow the Pedro Espada Odyssey (in Five Parts)!

    ​Liz Benjamin finds that in 2000 Pedro Espada Jr. -- now state senate majority leader -- issued a five-part video series about himself (also available here) called "The Pedro Espada Odyssey," scored with heroic music from Superman and Chariots of Fire and advertised as "a profile of courage, c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2009

    State Senate Staff-Up Enriches Espada's Office by $500,000

    The state senate Democrats have been staffing up and shelling out -- to the tune of $1 million, says the Post, though the office of president pro tem Malcolm Smith claims the overall number after cuts "will be in line with the previous majority, if not lower." Whichever way the cash flows, majority ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2009

    Espada's Son Quits $120K Fake Job

    The sweet $120K job given to Pedro G. Espada, son of state senate boss Pedro Espada (pictured), caused some speculation that Pedro G. had not risen to the exalted and newly-created post of "deputy director of intergovernmental relations" through merit alone. Attorney General Andrew Cuomo got interes ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2009

    Ravitch is Lt. Gov.! (Till Monday, When The Case Resumes)

    All hail Lt. Gov. Ravitch! The forces of Governor David Paterson went last night to an appellate court, where Judge L. Priscilla Hall "temporarily reinstated" Richard Ravitch at New York's Lieutenant Governor by stopping the restraining order Dean Skelos and Pedro Espada won from a Nassau County cou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2009

    $85 Million in Albany Member Items Disbursed for Parrot Adoption, Self-Esteem, Etc.

    The state senate laid out its new member items, and it's hilarious or grim reading depending on whether you read it as a student of human nature, or as a taxpayer. Jimmy Vielkind has the list. The $85 million feedbag of discretionary items for senators' constituents includes $2 million for Pedro Es ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2009

    For Espada and Monserrate, Albany Coup Means Payday

    In the Voice today you'll find a lovely Tom Robbins story that notes the restoration of Pedro Espada's fortunes since the Albany Coup was settled -- and by "fortunes" we of course mean member items, those lucrative discretionary allocations a state senator may avail, and of which Espada complained h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2009

    Albany Payday! Espada Get "Redrafted" Member Items, Monserrate Gets Chairmanship, $12,500

    In the Voice today you'll find a lovely Tom Robbins story that notes the restoration of Pedro Espada's fortunes since the Albany Coup was settled -- and by "fortunes" we of course mean member items, those lucrative discretionary allocations a state senator may avail, and of which Espada complained h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2009

    Espada Missed Memorial for His Own Hero

    New York Magazine cover boy and state senate rascal Pedro Espada told reporter Chris Smith that one of his childhood heroes was late light heavyweight champion, Jose "Chegui" Torres. The legendary Torres, says Espada, taught him as a kid on the South Bronx streets to be a tough puncher and --more im ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2009

    Pedro Espada Gets the Full NY Mag Monty

    New York Magazine's Chris Smith cleverly managed to convince state senator Pedro Espada into letting him sit in as the pol plotted strategy in Albany with his cagey cadre of co-conspirators, and it makes for fascinating and revealing reading. Among those in the room with the rebel senate wrecker are ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2009

    Coup in Review: Dems Declare Quorum Because Republican Walked Though Senate; Dems' Pledge of Allegiance Treason Unmasked!

    Democrats, minus Pedro Espada, returned to the state senate chamber and called another quorum, enabling them to do business. But there are only 31 of them. How'd they work it? Liz Benjamin reports that Republican Frank Padavan walked through the chamber after the gavel, and was recorded as the 32 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2009

    Coup in Review: Senate's Split Session May Not Count, They'll Try Again Today

    Governor Paterson says he's "disgusted" with yesterday's split session of the state senate, which went on till almost 2 a.m. with each party -- the Democrats minus Pedro Espada, and the Republicans plus Pedro Espada -- conducting its own business, sometimes simultaneously. It's not clear whether any ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2009

    Coup in Review: Espada Files Shady-Looking Finance Docs, Special Session Looms (UPDATE: Dems Lock GOP Out of Chamber!)

    After literally years of dodging tens of thousands in campaign finance reporting violation fines, Albany coup leader Pedro Espada allegedly turned over some finance forms to the Elections Board along with a $3,243 check, though the Board has not confirmed receipt of payment. As described by Politic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2009

    Coup in Review: Espada Won't Power-Share; Paterson Wants Judge to Run Senate

    The guys in Albany are pretending to listen at one another again. The Governor has called his special state senate session for tomorrow and invites chief judge of the Court of Appeals, Jonathan Lippman to preside. Boss Pedro Espada opposes this plan, and any plan that removes him even temporarily fr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2009

    Albany Coup in Review: Everyone Went Home; Aubertine Says Dems, GOP Almost Made a Deal

    In case you're wondering what's going on in Albany, the answer is: nothing. The state senators went home, or to their mistresses or illegal campaign contributors or whatever. The Democrats backed off their previously announced plan to seek another injunction from the courts against Pedro Espada, wh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2009

    Cheek, in Review: 7 Days of Runnin' Scared

    The Albany Coup, Week 2: It started with a shock twist as Hiram Monserrate rejoined the Democrats, putting the state senate in a 31-31 deadlock. The Dems optimistically declared new leader John Sampson the president pro tem. (Just to be on the safe side they sued, but were rejected.) The Republica ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2009

    New Legal Woe for Espada: Don't Mess With Raffie!

    That rascally state senate rebel Democrat-turned-GOP hugger Pedro Espada Jr. can add one more investigation to the list of probes he's already fending off. Bronx District Attorney Robert Johnson yesterday subpoenaed video tape from a push and shove match last year between one of Espada's sons and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2009

    Senate Dems Push to Get Espada Out

    There's a full-court press this morning from top state senate Democrats, calling for the Republicans to drop Pedro Espada as their negotiator, calling him "irrational."So far, senators Liz Krueger of Manhattan, Jeff Klein of the Bronx, and David Valesky of Syracuse have weighed in with email press r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2009

    Coup in Review: "Bipartisan" Meeting in Albany (UPDATE: Meeting Fails, Dems Go to Court)

    The state senate Republicans, having rejected an earlier Democratic power-sharing proposal, have offered a plan of their own, laid out like a contract with spaces for signatures, which doesn't seem to change much of anything. Putative president pro tempore Pedro Espada is doing his bit for comity by ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2009

    Albany Weather Report: Getting Heated

    Here's the latest -- and toughest -- in a series of blasts issued today by various Democratic state senators. Neil Breslin [pictured], who represents the Albany-Delmar district, says that Democratic rebel Pedro Espada "brings shame to this chamber and this state." Breslin, a seven-term legislator no ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2009

    What's New in Coup? Espada Claims 2 Votes in Senate, Kills Housing Bills; D.A. Expands Inquiry; Maid Allegedly Questioned

    Like Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, Pedro Espada has claimed special powers: he says that as perhaps-legitimately-elected president of the state senate, he is also lieutenant governor in the absence of an elected one, and can have two votes. To take down this lunatic, the Bronx District Attorne ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2009

    Judge Blocks Espada: Court Considers Dueling Majorities Tomorrow

    State senate Democrats got Appellate Division Justice Karen Peters to give them a temporary restraining order against Pedro Espada and the new state senate Republican majority. The Republicans are enjoined from doing senate business (not that they've been doing any so far), and Espada from acting as ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2009

    Coup in Review: Republicans at the Gates

    Pedro Espada says he's got the keys to the state senate chamber and he's goin' in! Malcolm Smith says he's going to court to block the Republicans. "This is getting a little ridiculous," says Governor Paterson, "they've got to act like adults here." He urges the warring tribes to come to a "com ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2009

    Coup in Review: No Session Today; Monserrate Keeps 'Em Guessing

    Earlier Pedro Espada said he was goin' into the senate chamber and Malcolm Smith said he was goin' to court. Espada has not, that anyone could see, gone into the chamber, and Smith seems not to have gone to court. There was no senate session today, not even the al fresco one Espada had threatened, b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2009

    Coup Update: Weird Scenes Outside the Senate Chamber

    The defenestrated Dems of Albany are fighting back against the Skelos-Espada-Golisano coup -- not in the state senate chamber, which remains locked and where they were pretty useless anyhow, but with picket signs and press conferences. The Albany Times-Union reports protesters outside new senate pr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2009

    Quick Hits

    Hiram Monserrate with Citizen Action protesters WTF? Twitpic by citizenactionny. Governor Paterson doesn't acknowledge Pedro Espada as the new president of the state senate, but he's not taking any chances: he says he won't leave the state, which conceivably would put us all at the mercy of Espa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2009

    Espada GOP Coup in Albany? (UPDATE: Smith Out, Espada Sworn In)

    Hmm: state senate Republicans have proposed to seat rebel Democrat Pedro Espada Jr. as "President pro tempore" of the senate, reports PolitickerNY, and to return former majority leader Dean Skelos, a Republican, to his old seat, replacing Democrat Malcolm Smith. (Update: Apparently they got away wit ... More >>

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