Pedro Espada & Sons: By the Numbers
by Geoff Kelly - posted 2:26 pm, August 12, 2009
Some figures on the Espadas:
$120,000: Annual salary for the brand new position of deputy director of intergovernment relations for the New York State Senate—a job filled this week by the son of State Senator Pedro Espada Jr., the majority leader who led the couple that paralyzed Albany earlier this summer. “Let me make it unequivocally clear that this is not the result of a quid pro quo or a contingency to my ending the Senate stalemate,” Espada said.
$432: Restitution Espada’s other son, Alejandro, was told by the court to pay for breaking blogger Martinez Alequin’s camera at a September 2008 political rally. “I was attacked because I was asking questions,” Martinez Alequin said. “I asked [Sen. Espada] to stop [his son]. I said they were hurting me. I was traumatized and I fear for my life.” Alejandro is director of one of his father’s not-for-profit health clinics.
$2 million: Amount in earmarks Senator Espada sought for two new not-for-profit clinics he opened this year. Both clinics were created just days before Espada requested the funds.