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Friday, January 22, 2010

Espada's Son Called in For Questioning by Cuomo

Bronx State Senator, Pedro Espada, Jr's son, Pedro G. Espada, was subpoenaed yesterday as Attorney General Andrew Cuomo ramps up his investigation into the allegedly illegal activities of Espada's nonprofit health care network and a for-profit management company he created, according to the Daily News.

Pedro G. is employed by the nonprofit Soundview Healthcare Network and was also listed as an employee of Soundview Management Company, the for-profit business Espada owns and operates, for most of 2008, Cumo's office says.

Soundview Healthcare Network dropped its in-house maintenance company and contracted Espada's company in early 2008 for $33,000 a month, just as Espada was beginning to build his campaign to unseat Efrain Gonzalez in the 33rd Senate District, which includes most of the northwest Bronx. Cuomo's office says Espada used some of the money the network paid his company to campaign, which would be a clear violation of state campaign and nonprofit corporation laws.

According to court documents, Pedro G.'s salary with Espada's management company spiked in the months leading up to the primary in 2008 and then he dropped off the payroll immediately following it.


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