According to a police report, Pedro Espada’s son, Alejandro, was arrested this morning in connection with an incident that occurred earlier this month, when City Hall gadfly and blogger Raphael Martinez-Alequin claimed he was attacked by Espada supporters while filming an opponent’s campaign event.
Martinez-Alequin works part-time for Espada’s political rival, Read More
A reader emailed to say that Bronx Democratic County Chairman Jose Rivera is hosting a victory party for State Senate Democratic challenger Pedro Espada, who ousted indicted incumbent Efrain Gonzalez in Tuesday’s primary.
The event is taking place Saturday night at the Montecarlo Room, located at 2700 Jerome Avenue.
Rivera and the Read More
Here’s City Hall gadfly Rafael Martinez-Alequin talking about a complaint he filed with the police. He says he was threatened by a woman who didn’t like his attempts to document allegations about State Senate candidate Pedro Espada’s residency. Espada is trying to unseat Democratic incumbent Efrain Gonzalez. Martinez-Alequin is working part-time for Gonzalez. Read More
Pedro Espada, the head of the nonprofit Soundview HealthCare Network, is sending campaign-like mailings (“From the Desk of Pedro Espada, Jr.”) from the organization’s office offering things like "free mammography mobile screenings" and "free fruits and vegetables."
These mailings were handed over by a reader who lives in the Bronx. Three of the mailings were Read More
Here’s Village Voice investigative reporter Wayne Barrett in City Hall today, saying that Christine Quinn shouldn’t necessarily be held responsible for the City Council’s recent troubles.
Barrett, who is pretty familiar with the murky side of New York City politics, argues that legislative leaders aren’t normally held accountable when legislators misuse money.
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Al Sharpton just finished a press conference with friends and family of Sean Bell, saying they hoped justice would be dispensed by the trial judge, who will announce a verdict Friday.
Sharpton also refuted the notion that their supporter need to be reminded not to act violently if they are unhappy with Read More
State Senator Efrain Gonzalez, Jr., who is under indictment for steering public money through a non-profit organization and back into his own pocket, chatted with me after yesterday’s legislative breakfast, hosted by the Riverdale Jewish Community Council.
On the subject of his legal troubles, his lyrical defense went like this:
“The Read More
Just the thing the state’s new health commissioner needs when getting confirmed as a member of Eliot Spitzer’s administration: a “ringing endorsement” from state Senator Efrain Gonzalez, who is under indictment for using public money to, among other things, support his cigar company.
The new health commissioner, Richard Daines, was Gonzalez’s Read More
It looks like the shake-up of the Senate Democratic leadership by newly installed minority leader Malcolm Smith is still underway.
According to a Democratic source in the Senate, Smith is expected to name John Sampson of Brooklyn as Chair of the Senate minority conference, replacing the twice-indicted Efrain Gonzalez of the Bronx.
Sampson’s Read More
Here’s a novel reaction to today’s news from Albany:
Bronx Assemblyman Peter Rivera is going after U.S. Attorney Michael Garcia for his decision to announce more charges against Bronx state Senator Efrain Gonzalez, Jr. today — just as lawmakers were getting back to Albany to vote on their pay Read More