Pedro Espada, Jr.'s News items

Espada and Kennedy: Prioritizing Farm Workers

"Kerry Kennedy's leadership and tireless work on behalf of farm workers deserves all our thanks and praise. I value her kind words, and am deeply grateful for her dedication to the cause of farm workers who seriously need all the support we can give."

-- Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada, Jr.

June 15, 2010
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New York State Approves $2.27 Million to Build and Rehab 181 Affordable Housing Units

It is important for state government, even during difficult economic times, to fund capital projects such as these because they provide the impetus for economic recovery. This funding is a meaningful investment in the state economy because it will revitalize communities, address affordable housing needs, create good-paying jobs for local residents, and stimulate business for local contracting companies.

April 8, 2010
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Espada Talks East River Tolls, Budget

NY Senate Majority Leader On Good Day NY

Updated: Friday, 26 Mar 2010, 11:42 AM EDTPublished : Friday, 26 Mar 2010, 11:42 AM EDT

MYFOXNY.COM - New York State Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada Jr. wants to see a $2 toll for drivers to cross the East River bridges.

The idea isn't a new one for Espada who proposed the tolls last year.

Espada tells Good Day NY's Rosanna Scotto that he wants to use the money to save free, student  Metro Cards.

March 26, 2010
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Hispanic Senators Meet with Governor Paterson

The L WordBy Ken LovettDaily News

March 23, 2010
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Holiday Cheer for Local Businesses

Here's a quick look at the holiday lights and additional support Sen. Espada and others provided to Bronx businesses:  More Support for Local Business Districts

December 21, 2009
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District Office Opened!!

The District Office officially opened as of Monday, August 17, 2009.

Please feel free to contact us or stop by the office.  You can find the information under Contact.

August 17, 2009
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The Late Ralph Mercado Will Be Honored by Sen. Espada

The late music impresario Ralph Mercado, whose worldwide introduction of the popular New York music known as “salsa” single handedly transformed the Latin music industry, and who launched the careers of powerhouses Tito Puente, Celia Cruz, Marc Anthony, La India, Ray Barretto, Eddie Palmieri and many others, will be honored posthumously at a Tribute and Memoriam Breakfast where his wife, Mrs. Cynthia Mercado, will be presented with a New York State Senate Proclamation by Sen. Pedro Espada, Jr. (D-Bronx).

April 3, 2009
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NYS Affordable Housing Corporation Approves $1.975 Million in Grants to Create and Renovate 82 Affordable Housing Units in New York State

NEW YORK—Thursday, April 2, 2009—The board of the New York State Affordable Housing Corporation (AHC) today approved $1.975 million in grants to create and renovate 82 affordable housing units in New York State.

"These grants will help create and rehabilitate much needed affordable housing for working families both upstate and downstate," said Governor David A. Paterson. "These actions demonstrate that we are committed to making New York State a better place to live and work despite the difficult economic climate."

April 2, 2009
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Senate Budget Contains Sweeping Statewide Jobs Initiative

Senator Pedro Espada Jr. (D-Bronx) and Senate Majority Leader Malcolm A. Smith (D-Queens), announced a Senate Majority-led sweeping jobs initiative designed to create nearly 123,518 new jobs statewide as part of this year's state budget. The initiative includes the state's first large-scale employment program in decades, targeting low-income residents. The initiative also uses federal stimulus money to create new infrastructure and "green" jobs, and puts more police officers on neighborhood streets.

April 1, 2009
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No Blank Check for MTA

When it comes to the MTA, the more things change, the more they remain the same.

March 31, 2009
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When it Comes to Affordable Housing, Policy Should Come Before Politics

Growing up in the Mott Haven section of the Bronx at a time when so-called rent protections contributed in no small part to the blight that made the borough the poster child for urban decay, is why I am advocating a measured, conscientious and deliberative approach to the rent law debate in Albany.

March 31, 2009
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Espada Announces Plans at Senate Hearing for Major Education Campaign and Joint Task Force to Stop Unsafe and Illegal Practice of Carving Up Apartments with Drywall Partition

Representatives of city agencies, firefighters’ unions, and tenant, landlord and housing advocacy organizations, including New York City Buildings Commissioner Robert LiMandri, today painted a frightening picture of the unsafe and illegal practice of partitioning apartments with drywall in buildings and private homes throughout the five boroughs. Their testimony on the issue came at a public hearing held by the New York State Senate Committee on Housing.

 

March 27, 2009
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Marking Women’s History Month, Several Women Will Be Feted at Bronx Event

A group of ordinary women that includes entrepreneurs, public school educators, civic activists and public servants were feted for their achievements and contributions to youth, elderly and the Bronx community when they received "Women of Distinction" proclamations and awards from State Senator Pedro Espada, Jr. (D-Bronx) in celebration of Women’s History Month. The ceremony took place at 6 p.m. Friday, March 27, 2009, at the Bronx Library Center, Auditorium, 310 East Kingsbridge Road, Bronx, NY

March 27, 2009
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Amidst the Sinking Economy, Wine and Liquor Retailers Could Benefit from Proposed Legislation

State Senator Pedro Espada, Jr. (D-Bronx) has introduced a bill that would amend the alcoholic beverage control law to allow liquor stores to sell peanuts, cheese, crackers, olives and other snacks, condiments and food items associated with the consumption of wine and other alcoholic beverages.

Espada said the bill could boost sales revenue for liquor stores and sales tax for the State.

March 10, 2009
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Espada Set to Argue Merits of DREAM Act on Senate Floor Tomorrow

State Senator Pedro Espada, Jr. (D-Bronx) has introduced a bill that would amend the alcoholic beverage control law to allow liquor stores to sell peanuts, cheese, crackers, olives and other snacks, condiments and food items associated with the consumption of wine and other alcoholic beverages.

Espada said the bill could boost sales revenue for liquor stores and sales tax for the State.

March 9, 2009
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Bronx African-American ‘Trailblazers’ Honored

State Sen. Pedro Espada, Jr. (D-Bronx, 33rd district), who serves as Senate Vice President for Urban Policy and Planning, concluded Black History Month by presenting the "African-American Trailblazers Award" during a special ceremony at the Bronx Library Center Auditorium, 310 East Kingsbridge Road, Bronx, NY, on Friday, February 27, 2009, at 6 p.m., to a group of local honorees who included Tuskegee airman Dr.

February 27, 2009
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Sen. Espada Announces: Support for Schneiderman Millionaire Tax Legislation

State Senator Pedro Espada, Jr. (D-Bronx, 33rd district), Senate Vice President for Urban Policy and Planning, announced today that he is throwing his support behind the bill proposed by Sen. Eric Schneiderman that would create a so-called millionaire’s tax.

 

February 26, 2009
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State Senate Delegation Lobbies Capitol Hill; Espada Proposes: • Federalization of 20,000 NYCHA Operated Apartments • Half-Billion Dollar Allocation in Economic Stimulus Plan for Affordable Housing Initiative in New York

Bronx State Senator Pedro Espada, who serves as Senate Vice President for Urban Policy and Planning and Chairman of the Housing Committee, today outlined a plan that he proposed yesterday to the Obama Administration and congressional leaders on Capitol Hill that calls for:

• the federalization of 20,000 New York City Housing Authority operated apartment units, and

• a half-billion dollar infusion for New York in the congressional stimulus package that would be earmarked for affordable housing in parts of the state where it is needed most.

 

February 13, 2009
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