Mark Green said he “personally likes Pedro Espada” and called him “an important figure in the State Senate.”
“If he endorsed me I would accept it,” said Green.
Green made his comments when he was asked about the controversial Bronx lawmaker during a press conference outside City Hall where Green announced the support from several lawmakers and clergy members, mostly from Harlem.
“He’s a lawfully seated, popularly elected member of that body,” said Green.
At the event were Assembly members Herman Denny Farrell, who said he doesn’t comment on the other legislative house, Karim Kama of Brooklyn, and Keith Wright of Harlem.
Espada has been criticized for, among other things, living outside his district, hiring relatives, evading public requirements for his campaigns and pulling down a handsome salary as the head of a health network.