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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Espada: 'This Clinic Will Not Close'

Former Sen. Pedro Espada at a press conference yesterday,
 defending his network of Bronx health clinics. (Photo by David Greene)
By David Greene

Former State Senator Pedro Espada came out swinging yesterday against reports that the state could soon close his Soundview Healthcare Network.

Joined by Sen. Ruben Diaz, Sr., Espada held a press conference Tuesday afternoon outside the main Soundview clinic on White Plains Road, where he singled out Governor Andrew Cuomo, charging that the Governor "is picking the target and firing these missiles."

Espada said he is fighting for the 200 workers currently employed by the Soundview its thousands of patients.

"This clinic will not close," he said. "The body is alive, the mind is well, we're not planning any burials."

Diaz, Sr., came to the defense of his "amigo" in a letter to Gov. Cuomo yesterday saying that closing the clinic would "do irreparable harm may come to the elderly and the poor," of the Bronx community.

According to WNYC, the state will make a decision in the next few days on whether or not to evoke the clinic's Medicaid license. Espada and his son, both facing trial for misusing the health center's funds, were barred from receiving Medicaid money earlier this year.


  1. Shame on Sen. Ruben Diaz Sr.!

    What is doing "irreparable harm... to the elderly and the poor" is the crook Espada stealing taxpayer money that is supposed to go into their health care.

    Your job, senator, is making sure our tax money provides for the needy in this state. You are not supposed to be lining the pockets of your amigos! Vote out the crooks - one down, one more to go!!!

  2. Thats what he is saying and what the facts are telling that soon the Physicians and the clinics will be shut down.

    Lets just hope that everything goes accordingly that is the good for all the old and poor people.


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