Bronx Rally Against Pedro Espada, Jr

Published on June 12, 2009, 12:04 pm
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Mamaroneck resident Pedro Espada pretends to live and work in the Bronx (so that he could run for State Senate from the Bronx).

After his role in trying to flip the NY State Senate from the Democrats to Republicans, his fake office on Fordham and his fake residence off Bedford Park have enjoyed a little extra attention.

Today’s Bronx rally against Espada is sponsored by CASA (Community Action for Safe Apartments), the Mitchell-Lama P.I.E. Coalition and other groups. It started at 11:30 at Fordham Road and the Grand Concourse (D train stop), and marched to Espada’s imaginary Bronx office in the Sears Tower across Fordham Road.

State Sen. Pedro Espada Jr. claimed yesterday that his home office was burglarized hours after he helped Republicans orchestrate a historic power grab in Albany.

Espada told reporters that the break-in on Tuesday at his Westchester home has left him shaken – and he suggested his political opponents were involved.

Last night, Espada was spotted entering his house with Mamaroneck cops. He said afterward that he had filed a police report. He explained that his housekeeper, who discovered the break-in, was scared to call police right away. The burglary took place between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Tuesday.

Earlier this week, Espada and fellow Democratic Sen. Hiram Monserrate announced they were joining forces with the Senate GOP. That move effectively ended the Democrats’ control and propelled Espada into the post of Senate president.

Espada is the subject of several ongoing investigations, including one by the Bronx DA for allegedly living outside of his district. He insists he has a residence in both The Bronx and the leafy suburb of Mamaroneck, which are about 10 miles apart.

The lawmaker also has been hit with a slew of fines totaling more than $60,000 for failing to file city and state campaign-finance disclosure reports.

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