|Former Sen. Pedro Espada at a press conference yesterday,|
defending his network of Bronx health clinics. (Photo 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.