Bad Night For Smith
May 18th, 2009
Senate Majority Leader Malcolm Smith met with his fellow Democrats for two hours this evening to discuss mayoral control of schools. The results were mixed. Members who are opposed to renewing mayoral control, including the gang of four, left early.† Smith told reporters that members are generally in agreement. It is likely that Smith will be able to put together consensus with the help of Republican Senators.
Smith responded to questions from The Observer’s Jimmy Vielkind about Sen. Pedro Espada Jr.’s failure to file public documents disclosing his campaign finances. Last week Smith set a deadline for Espada to address his campaign filings and the fines he is facing.
Smith declared on Friday that he was satisfied with Espada’s response. Smith told reporters this evening that Espada had met the three guidelines he set for him to take care of the issue. Vielkind asked why there had not been another requirement that Espada disclose his campaign funding for his 2008 campaign. Smith was not pleased.
When Vielkind asked Espada for comment he responded “I satisfied all of Malcolm’s concerns, ha ha ha ha ha.” Seriously!By David King on May 18, 2009, 10:02 pm
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