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Espada Troubles
April 20th, 2010

Senate Democrats are still in conference despite the fact that session was scheduled to start more than an hour ago. Could it be that they are discussing what to do about the escalating legal troubles of Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada?

Democrats could strip Espada of his leadership position, or perhaps consider harsher sanctions.

Espada’s troubles do not come at a good time for Senate Democrats who are walking into an election year facing some very memorable scandals as well as a budget that is currently three weeks late.

A number of Democrats privately celebrated when Attorney General Andrew Cuomo announced he was investigating Espada. They feel Espada has marred the reputation of the Senate as a whole and has stymied a progressive agenda. A number of them are still very excited now that Cuomo has brought charges but there are headaches to deal with. More heated clashes like the ones that took place over what to do about Sen. Hiram Monserrate.

Cuomo indicated today that Espada’s legal woes are only likely to escalate. Cuomo told reporters earlier today that criminal charges could follow the civil suit already filed against Espada. The question of whether Espada truly lives in his Bronx district and his history of campaign violations could also lead to legal action by Cuomo’s office.

Espada made some daring statements about past and future investigations into his dealings at Soundview during an interview with the Gazette at the Soundview Clinic last year.

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