Cuomo: Espada Resignation is ‘Legally Correct’

ALBANY—In a statement, Andrew Cuomo said the Espadas “have made a legally correct and appropriate decision” about the hiring of Pedro G. Espada in the State Senate, where his father is the majority leader.

Since Monday, we have been reviewing the matter of the hiring of Pedro G. Espada. Yesterday, conversations took place between senior members of this Office and members of the Senate and its staff, including Senator Espada, regarding the legality of the hiring and the relevant provisions of the Public Officers Law.  While in the past there may have been similar hires, that does not make such practices acceptable.  Last night, Senator Espada and his son announced that the younger Mr. Espada would not continue as a Senate employee.  We believe the Espadas have made a legally correct and appropriate decision.

The hire has rankled members and sparked water cooler ridicule in recent days. The elder Espada said the hiring of his son was appropriate.

It’s unclear whether this will stop Cuomo’s investigation into the matter; Republican gubernatorial hopeful Rick Lazio hopes that Cuomo will push on, his spokesman said.

Cuomo: Espada Resignation is ‘Legally Correct’