Espada to resign
The uproar over the appointment of Sen. Pedro Espada’s son to a $120,000 job handling government relations apparently had its effect.
Pedro G. Espada will resign from the post later today.
The Daily News first reported the story.
Sen. Espada issued this statement:
“My son, Pedro G. Espada, has informed me that he will officially withdraw on Thursday (Aug. 13) from the Senate position of deputy director of intergovernmental relations.”
“He applied for the job with great enthusiasm and the best of intentions, and I am certain that his qualifications and experience in city and state government won him the position.
“I not only fully support his decision to withdraw, but after consulting with high-level staff in the attorney general’s office and reviewing the pertinent sections of the public officers law, I believe this action is appropriate.”
“Although his appointment was consistent with Senate hiring practices in the past, it doesn’t mean these practices should continue.”
“As someone who led the charge in recent months for reform in the upper house of the state legislature, this action reaffirms the Senate Democratic Conference’s commitment – and my commitment – to the new reform government.