By the time new State Senator Brian X. Foley, a Democrat from Suffolk County, was sworn in on Jan. 7, he'd already opened a district office.
In a statement released earlier that week Foley said:
I am excited to move into my new office... I promised the residents of the 3rd Senatorial District that my staff and I would work hard for them from day one – and we have kept that promise.Most of New York's newly elected state senators (there are seven in all) were similarly punctual and organized, meaning constituents, right off the bat, had somewhere to go to access services and air concerns.
Two senators, however, even deep into January, have yet to follow suit. One is Roy J. McDonald (Republican - Rensselaer/Saratoga); the other, the Bronx's Pedro Espada Jr., whose focus has likely been elsewhere in recent weeks (here and here).
According to staff at Espada's Soundview Health Center, a district office is in the works but it won't open until next month. In the meantime, residents in need of assistance can call the health center at (718) 378-1465, or the senator's Albany office at (518) 455-3395.
[Update, 4:40 p.m. Espada says he's currently looking at office space in the newly renovated Sears Building on Fordham Road, but that nothing's been finalized.]
Reporting by Ariel Elghanayan.