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Pedro Espada

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2011

    Guy Velella, 1944-2011, State Senator, Rascal, Stand-up Guy

    Shiho Fukada/VV​It is October 14, 2000, and Guy Velella -- the ex-state senator and convicted felon who died yesterday at 66 -- is in his home base in the north Bronx practicing the fine art of retail politics. Nobody does this better, and the tell-tale silver-streak in his careful pompadour i ... More >>

  • News

    November 24, 2010
  • Blogs

    June 11, 2010

    Why is Eric Schneiderman Using Eric Espada's Fixer?

    Schneiderman​The current attorney general, Andrew Cuomo, is throwing allegations by the boxload at the man who thinks state government is his personal hostage, Senator Pedro Espada, while one of the AG candidates who wants to replace Cuomo, Senator Eric Schneiderman, hired Espada's right-hand ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2010

    Pedro Espada Does His Part to Get Andrew Cuomo Elected Governor

    ​Pedro Espada's mad-hat denunciations of Andrew Cuomo as "the prince of darkness" are made-to-order commercials for the Cuomo gubernatorial campaign. In a year when anti-incumbent and anti-Albany feelings poll so high, Espada's very personal outrage at Cuomo over the lawsuit that the Attorne ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2010

    Who Knew? Pedro Espada a Sushi Fiend, Cuomo Lawsuit Says

    We'll sort out the politics and the numbers later, but for starters, the best sound-bite in this afternoon's tele-presser by Attorney General Andrew Cuomo about his new civil lawsuit against that rascally state senator from the Bronx, Pedro Espada, was the back and forth between Cuomo and an old fri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2009

    Espada intimidates some Soundview Healthcare employees

    ​Pedro Espada sent letters to workers at his perenially-investigated Soundview Healthcare Network in October instructing them to "immediately" contact Soundview lawyers Hafetz & Necheles if they're contacted by law enforcement in any form. Espada claims he was just letting his employees know ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2009

    Barrett: My Favorite Nugget from Last Night's Debate

    ​My favorite nugget from last night's mayoral debate was Mike Bloomberg's smug smile as he pronounced Joe Bruno a better majority leader of the state senate than Pedro Espada. Democrat Bill Thompson had already picked the-sometime Democrat Espada as the better of the two. By 3:12 a.m., the Po ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2009

    Barrett: My Favorite Nugget from Last Night's Debate

    ​My favorite nugget from last night's mayoral debate was Mike Bloomberg's smug smile as he pronounced Joe Bruno a better majority leader of the state senate than Pedro Espada. Democrat Bill Thompson had already picked the-sometime Democrat Espada as the better of the two. By 3:12 a.m., the Po ... More >>

  • Columns

    July 15, 2009

    Pedro Espada Plays Moneyball

    The new Senate majority leader heads straight for the bank

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2009

    Judge Postpones Decision on Legality of Ravitch's Lt. Gov Appointment

    For those of you who were wondering how the judge would rule today on Governor Paterson's appointment of Richard Ravitch to Lieutenant Governor -- congratulations! You are an informed, aware citizen! Now to your news: the judge postponed his decision and did not say when he'd give it. State Supreme ... More >>

  • Columns

    June 24, 2009
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    June 22, 2009

    Siena Poll: Worst "Wrong Direction New York" Number Ever; Paterson Surges to 31% Approval

    There's a new Siena Poll, and guess what? Respondents say New York is headed in the wrong direction "by the largest margin ever," 63-24. It is thought the Albany Coup has thus decreased their confidence, as 84 percent think the catastrophe "will make it harder to pass important legislation," and the ... More >>

  • Columns

    June 17, 2009

    The Taking of the State Senate 1 2 3

    For Espada and Monserrate, the future is all used up

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2009

    This Week in the Voice

    Maybe you've heard of "snowflake babies" but never really known what they were. They're not really babies -- just frozen embryos about the size of a comma. But because they can be implanted in women and gestated into children, conservative Christians say the frosted 'flakes are people. And they're r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2009

    Monserrate Flips, Dems Allegedly Have 31-31 Split in Senate

    Yeah, by now we're not sure what it means anymore either, but Hiram Monserrate tells the Daily News "I'm coming home" to the Democratic Party. Both he and Albany coup leader Pedro Espada Jr. have been saying they're still loyal Dems since this whole thing started last Monday, but Monserrate means h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2009

    Coup in Review: Judge to Rule Monday, Dems Haggle with Monserrate, Espada Burglarized

    We have to wait till Monday to see what John Law has to say about the Albany coup: in state supreme court this morning, Judge Thomas McNamara said the legal dispute between insurgent Republicans, who say they took power legally, and displaced Democrats, who contend otherwise and wish to block them, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2009

    Barrett: Did Paterson Really Call And Congratulate Espada On His Coup?

    In the madhouse of Albany these days, David Paterson, predictably, has been behaving unpredictably. Press reports noted that he telephoned Senator Pedro Espada, the Democrat-turned-Republican who is leading the two-man rebellion. Espada's spokesman told the Albany Times Union that Paterson, the Demo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2009

    Albany Coup Update: Duane "Flirting" With GOP for Gay Marriage?

    They're still swinging in Albany, where the New Model Republican Majority is locked out of the state senate chamber. Democratic cavaliers are leaning on Hiram Monserrate, with operatives availing a robocall that claims Monserrate has "abandoned Barack Obama and everything we believe in" with his apo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2009

    Coup de Villains: The Albany Takeover So Far

    Dear Leader: misty watercolor memories of Pedro Espada Jr. here. Malcolm Smith says he's still in charge, but he hasn't been able to achieve much over the past five months of Democratic rule in the state senate, and we doubt he has the resources to overturn the overthrow of his leadership today. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2009

    Bronx Pol Espada Tracked to Actual Non-Bronx Home

    There's a special election for Bronx Borough President today, and Ruben Diaz Jr., son of the colorful anti-gay state senator, will certainly win against his "token opposition," Anthony J. Ribustello, an actor from The Sopranos. But there are more entertaining examples of the Bronx's hopeless politic ... More >>

  • Columns

    April 1, 2009

    Vanguard of the Senate Revolution

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

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2009

    This Week in the Voice

    Remember the epidemic years of AIDS, when infected New Yorkers fought to get into untested drug trials? People fought to get infected babies into those trials, too. Some of them, because of the nature of the trials, were given placebo drugs. Some made it, some didn't. Not much has been written about ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2009

    State Senate MTA Plan Gets Cold Reception

    As promised, the state senate Democrats presented their watered-down MTA budget proposal today and, as predicted, no one likes it. Well, senator Pedro Espada likes it -- "Today's a great day for Pedro Espada, the M.T.A. ridership and the State Senate," he told Politicker NY. But Transportation Alter ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2009

    Espada Won't Pay Rent to GOP Mayor Hopeful

    It's a lovely thing when two of the Voice's favorite people lock horns. State senator Pedro Espada, whose political career both on the hustings and under investigation we have much covered, is complaining that he can hardly make a living in his job outside the political arena -- head of the Soundvie ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2009

    Padavan, Squadron Back New Rent Laws -- But What Will Espada Do?

    Local pols are getting on the pro-tenant bandwagon. New state senator Daniel Squadron did a press conference in front of the Economakis residence on East 3rd Street, site of "owner-occupancy" evictions, which has been the subject of protests and a Voice story last year. The Assembly has passed a bil ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 29, 2009

    Year of the Tenant? Don't Bet Your Rent On It.

    Assembly controller Shelly Silver declared this week that 2009 would be "the year of the tenant" Silver's proclamations aside, there's a lot state government can do to help the rent-paying classes downstate. On top of the list, says David King in a Gotham Gazette piece, would be to pass a bill that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2009

    Espada, Hailed as "Mi Hermano" by Malcolm Smith, Swears Into Senate

    Homophobe Ruben Diaz, l., gives gavel to Pedro Espada. Photos by John DeSio. Fresh from their behind-closed-doors victory over Malcolm Smith and the new Democratic majority in the State Senate, the so-called "Gang of Three" held what amounted to a victory party last night in the concert hall of Leh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2009

    Habemus Corruptio! Senates Dems' Deal Settled

    We know we've said this before, but it looks as if, on the morning of the actual vote, the Democrats of the state senate have pulled together a deal that will get everyone, including the rebellious Gang of Three, on board for Malcolm Smith to be elected to majority leader. The New York Times break ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2009

    Tenants Jeer for New Housing Chair Espada

    The first reviews are in for Pedro Espada, the Bronx Democratic renegade whose hardball negotiations with new majority leader Malcolm Smith won him the post of  state Senate housing committee chair. They're not good: It's "an unhappy development for tenants," said veteran housing advocate Michael ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 2, 2009

    Espada Still Owes $61K for Violations, Says Court

    Our hero Pedro Espada, incoming state senator and linchpin of the Gang of Three blocking Malcolm Smith's dream of power, said his unpaid campaign violation fines were a "clerical error" that would be cleared up in court. An appellate court has indeed cleared it up, but not in Espada's favor. The cou ... More >>

  • Columns

    December 17, 2008
  • Blogs

    December 12, 2008

    Memo Allegedly Details Espada & Co.'s Power, Payoff Demands

    The Times has a copy of a memo that allegedly details the Gang of Three state senators' demands of Malcolm Smith, back when they were forging the deal that was supposed to cement the Democratic majority and which collapsed this week. Though the negotiations were necessarily unofficial, the memo is s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2008

    Smith Won't Drop Gay Marriage -- Deal with Dissidents Off

    Suddenly Malcolm Smith the Deal-Maker has become Malcolm Smith the Fighter for Principle. Smith says the state senate Democrats are "suspending negotiations" with the three dissidents who had been muscling the party for perks "because to do otherwise would reduce our moral standing." He also said "r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2008

    Espada Explains $60K in Unpaid Fines with Godfather Quote

    The Times tells readers -- as we did last month -- that Pedro Espada, the once and future state senator who settled with the Democratic Leadership this week and will play majority leader to Malcolm Smith's president pro tempore, has been racking up fines with the Campaign Finance Board since 2001 an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2008

    Pedro Espada's 'Clerical Error'

    Hats off to new state senate majority leader Pedro Espada Jr.! The newly elected Bronx state senator not only beat the Senate Dems at their own game by winning election against a long-term Democratic incumbent (OK, the guy was under indictment at the time), he's now humbled Malcolm Smith, the senato ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2008

    Dems Deal -- Espada to Majority Leader?

    After weeks of holding out, it looks as if the "Gang of Three" -- renegade State Senate Dems Carl Kruger, Pedro Espada, and Ruben Diaz -- have cut a deal with Malcolm Smith to unify the Democrats into a working majority when the Legislature convenes in January. But what is the deal? A couple of sour ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2008

    Dear Leader: The Pedro Espada We Have Known

    Now that the deal is done and Pedro Espada looks to be your new State Senate Majority Leader, get to know him as we at the Village Voice have: 2000: Espada indicted for illegally diverting funds from his Soundview health care company to his campaign. (He got off.) Tom Robbins reviews the tapes. 2 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2008

    Espada Got Big $ from GOP, Healthcare Companies

    The Daily News looks at contributions to "Espada for the People" -- the campaign finance arm of newly-elected rogue Democratic state senator Pedro Espada -- and finds heavier donations to it from Republicans than from Democrats: for example, GOP Majority Leader Dean Skelos' committee gave Espada $50 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2008
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    November 10, 2008

    Diaz Splits, and Now It's a "Gang of 2" in State Senate (Updated)

    The Examiner says that State Senator Ruben Diaz Sr. has pledged his support to Malcolm Smith as Majority Leader*. Following the defection of Hiram Monserrate, this would leave Carl Kruger and the obstreperous Pedro Espada as the lone holdouts among the four Democratic Senators who've been bucking th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2008

    Mopping Up: Local Election Results Mostly Expected

    There are still some undecided races out there. Al Franken is getting a recount in Minnesota. And Missouri, Indiana and North Carolina's electoral votes are not yet settled. But in New York most things were wrapped up early, and one thing that was quickly apparent was that the State Assembly and th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2008

    GOP-Friendly Dem Senators Muscle Their Albany Colleagues

    The Times points out that among the Democrats' new State Senate majority are four Senators who may not support Malcolm Smith for Senate majority leader. These include Runnin' Scared subjects Pedro Espada, who in his previous Senate tenure caucused with the GOP, and Ruben Diaz Sr, who has threatened ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2008

    "Trying To Teach You Some Manners": Did Espadistas Swat Gadfly?

    Rafael Martinez-Alequin -- longtime citizen journalist, part-time worker for the Efrain Gonzalez Jr. State Senate campaign -- has put up a video he took of Gonzalez' opponent, Pedro Espada Jr., campaigning in Van Cortlandt Park this weekend. The money shot comes near the end, when Espada puts his ha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2008

    Espada: Now That There's No Downside, A Loyal Democrat

    Given his history of intrigues with the Republican Party and the Independence Party, it is easy to see why Albany Democrats don't trust Pedro Espada Jr., and are supporting incumbent State Senator Efrain Gonzalez Jr. over him for the State Senate. "We do not consider Pedro Espada to be a good Democ ... More >>

  • Columns

    August 19, 2008

    Bronx Taste Test: Efrain Gonzalez Jr. or Pedro Espada Jr.?

    A lesser-of-two-evils primary plagues Democrats

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2008

    Troubled Bronx Pol Turns Health Fair into Campaign Event

    The pile of free condoms caught one elderly woman off-guard. Expecting a single-serve pack of coffee, she gasped and smiled mischievously before dropping it back in the basket and walking off to tell her friends. “Did you see what they’re giving away?” she told her fellow travelers, a few doz ... More >>

  • News

    September 2, 2003

    A Paucity of Choices

    Few Challengers, and Fewer Issues, in Council Races

  • News

    September 3, 2002

    Senate for Sale

    GOP Uses Public Pots of Gold to Entice Converts

  • News

    November 7, 2000

    Law and Favors in the Bronx

    Secret Tapes Catch Pols Speaking Their Minds

  • News

    October 17, 2000

    Bronx Tales of the Tape

    State Senator Velella Bugged by Bronx Pol

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