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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Sen. Pedro Espada hounded by questions on ethics and residency

"They call him the Bronx's 'Teflon pol' for good reason - nothing ever seems to stick to state Sen. Pedro Espada Jr. except maybe the whiff of trouble.
Espada, the Bronx Democrat whose defection allowed Republicans to retake the state Senate this week, has weathered a litany of ethical allegations over the years - a list that only seemed to grow Tuesday.
He stands accused of failing to file some 41 campaign reports since 2002, making it impossible to know how he raises, and spends, his campaign cash, officials say.
State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo is investigating whether Espada used a nonprofit he controls - Soundview Health Clinic - as a personal piggy bank for his campaigns."