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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Bronx News Roundup, April 22

Yesterday morning, as you've no doubt heard, the FBI and IRS raided State Sen. Pedro Espada's Soundview HealthCare Network. Here's the story that appeared in today's NY Times.

In related news:

Law-enforcement officials tell the NY Post that Espada will likely be indicted on multiple federal charges in the next few weeks.

AG Andrew Cuomo's office has subpoenaed the State Senate in an effort to get its hands on records relating to ten of Espada's Senate employees who have previously worked for Soundview or sat on its board. More here.

The first victims of the Espada fallout could be the thousands of low-income patients who rely on his health clinics.

Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. thinks Espada should relinquish his majority leader position, as do senators Neil Breslin (D-Albany) and Marty Golden (R-Brooklyn).  (Espada, remember, doesn't have much time for borough presidents, despite running for the office himself in 2001.)  UPDATE: 6 p.m.: We missed this: Sen. Eric Schneiderman is also calling on Espada to step aside.

Espada could face two or more candidates in September's Democratic primary. Desiree-Pilgrim Hunter, a community activist, has already announced her decision to run (here's a write-up she received in today's Times) and Daniel Padernacht, a lawyer and community board member, is also considering it. More on Padernaht here.

Away from Espada:

The lowdown on why a lawsuit filed by Legal Services NYC could have far reaching implications for landlords and tenants nationwide. (The suit is part of an effort to force a bank to maintain ten rundown Bronx apartments building, which went into foreclosure last year when a private equity firm defaulted in its mortgage.)

Two Bronx men charged with the fatal beating of an Ecuadorian immigrant in Brooklyn in 2008, laughed about it afterwards, according to a relative of one of the men.

In a video posted on YouTube, students at University Heights Secondary School are requesting that President Obama stop their school's relocation to the South Bronx High School campus. 

Students from MS 15 in University Heights have won a national chess tournament in Minneapolis.


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