New York CIty Council Member Ben Kallos
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Statement on Pedro Espada Sentencing


Statement on Pedro Espada's Sentencing


Today marks a crucial step forward for justice: the sentencing of Pedro Espada, corrupt former state senate majority leader, to five years in prison. Pedro Espada stole from his own nonprofit hundreds of thousands of dollars meant to serve the poor in the Bronx, and then had the audacity to run for reelection.


When I was the executive director of good government group New Roosevelt, we led the charge to root out corruption in the Senate by ensuring his defeat – leading to the election of progressive State Senator Gustavo Rivera.


Now, many members of the team from New Roosevelt, including my Campaign Manager Jesse Towsen, are fighting to keep that same Albany dysfunction out of New York City government.


This is a deeply important moment for those who suffered as a result of Espada’s crimes, those of us who worked hard at New Roosevelt under the leadership of Bill Samuels, and all of those who seek to bring honesty, integrity and transparency into government.