Espada Misses Another Campaign Finance Deadline

ALBANY—State Senator Pedro Espada Jr. has missed the deadline for filing a required disclosure report for this political action committee, according to online records. The January periodic report was due on the 15th.

Espada has been in hot water with the Board of Elections for failing to file other disclosure reports around election time and improperly registering his campaign committee. A spokesman for the Board of Elections said last week that Espada had not yet straightened out the earlier discrepancies, and is facing several thousand dollars in fines.

Espada could not immediately be reached for comment.

After agreeing at the 11th hour to support State Senator Malcolm Smith in his bid for majority leader, Espada was given a number of titles: vice president of the senate for urban policy, vice chair of the Rules Committee and chair of the Housing Construction and Community Development Committee.

Missing this deadline means Espada has been ignoring financial disclosure requirements for the past several months. He took heat from good government advocates for this before, but there's a certain irony given the current focus of the Democratic conference – in which Espada has a fairly significant role – on reforming the way the Senate does business.

Espada Misses Another Campaign Finance Deadline