Pedro Espada, Jr.'s Press releases

Statement by NYS Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada, Jr. on World AIDS Day 2010

“Unfortunately in recent years, HIV has taken a back seat to super-infections, food-born illness and other health issues, but this dreaded disease is far from being under control. In fact, Hispanic and African-American teenage women are among the highest HIV-infected populations in New York City’s five boroughs,” Sen. Espada said.

December 1, 2010
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Espada Announces State Funding for Affordable Housing

BREAKING NEWSEspada Announces State Funding for Two Projects in the Bronx for Construction of $29.3 Million of New Affordable Rental Housing for Senior, Low-Income Families

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE FRIDAY, AUGUST 27, 2010State Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada, Jr. today announced that the New York State Division of Housing & Community Renewal (DHCR) has awarded $4.6 million in state funds for the construction of 101 new affordable rental housing units targeted for very-low-to-low-income families and senior citizens for two projects in the Bronx. The state funds will leverage additional federal, city and private resources for total project costs of $29.3 million.

August 27, 2010
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New York is Awarded Race to the Top Funds

STATEMENT FROM STATE SENATE MAJORITY LEADER PEDRO ESPADA, JR. (D-BRONX) REGARDING THE RACE TO THE TOP AWARD

August 25, 2010
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Senator ­­­­­­­­Espada Encourages Participation in ‘National Night Out’

Tuesday, August 3rd is America’s Night Out Against Crime

In an effort to increase public awareness and encourage participation in local anticrime efforts, Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada, Jr. notes that Tuesday, August 3rd  (between 7 and 10 PM) is National Night Out — “America’s Night Out Against Crime.”

Last year, according to the organization's website, involved citizens, law enforcement agencies, civic groups, businesses, neighborhood organizations and local officials from over 15,000 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases worldwide held events.

National Night Out (NNO), a year-long community building campaign, is designed to:

August 3, 2010
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Town Hall Meeting Postponed

Joint Statement from State Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada, Jr. and Reverend Diego Delgado, Pastor of the Church of the Mediator - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -     "For the safety of the congregation and community residents who signed up to ask questions about job creation and economic development, affordable housing and rent relief for tenants, education, senior services and a number of other issues important to poor and working families in the 33rd district, we are postponing the town hall meeting that had been scheduled for 6 p.m. today at the Church of the Mediator.

July 22, 2010
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Espada Keeps His Word to Senior Citizens:

RAIN Bailey and Tolentine-Zeiser Will Stay Open

Press Contact: Steve Mangione (mobile) 914-403-4072

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE WEDNESDAY, JUNE 30, 2010

When State Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada, Jr. visited senior centers in his 33rd district in May during pre-Mother’s Day festivities, he presented the seniors with a momentous gift and this reassuring message: “Your centers will not be closed.”

June 30, 2010
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SENATOR ESPADA KEEPING KIDS SAFE:

MANDATES LIFE WITHOUT PAROLE FOR CHILD KILLERSChild Protection Act of 2010 Strengthens Penal Law,Establishes New Penalties for Murder & Rape of a Child

June 29, 2010
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Espada Helps Rescue Senior Centers from Closure

Espada Helps Rescue Rain Bailey, Tolentine-Zeiser and 7 Other Bronx Senior Centers from Mayor’s Targeted Closure

Press Contact: Steve Mangione (mobile) 914-403-4072 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE TUESDAY, JUNE 15, 2010

June 15, 2010
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Farm Workers Rights Rally Today

Press Contact: Steve Mangione (mobile) 914-403-4072

Espada Introduces New Bill That Would Provide Basic Protections to State’s Farm Workers as Kerry Kennedy Set to Lead Rally Today in Albany

June 15, 2010
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Espada on Budget and Extenders

Press Contact: Steve Mangione (mobile) 914-403-4072 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 8:30 P.M. SUNDAY, JUNE 13, 2010 State Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada, Jr. said he fully expects the Senate to pass the extender bill delivered on Monday by the Governor. Espada said he would support the extender as long as it does not contain any surprises.

June 14, 2010
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Espada Renews Call for Tolls as Students Citywide Walk Out

In Midst of Citywide Student Walk-Out, Espada Renews Call for Toll on East River Bridges to Save Free Student MetroCard

June 11, 2010
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Senator Espada on Reform in Albany

Press Contact: Steve Mangione (mobile) 914-403-4072 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ALBANY JUNE 8, 2010—State Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada, Jr. today said that the dramatic reform he led in the New York State Senate one year ago was not born out of rebellion, but rather the need to empower all 62 senators and the fastest-growing ethnic population in the state. He also said that the events of June 8, 2009 were fully done within the rules of the New York State Senate.

June 8, 2010
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Senate Passes Domestic Workers Bill of Rights - Now On To Farmworkers!

Espada Says Legislation Protecting Domestic Workers Was Long Overdue; After Senate Passes Bill, He Uses Opportunity to Renew Call for Long Overdue Legislative Protections for Another Work Force – Farm Workers

June 1, 2010
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Rent Relief for NYC Tenants Sails Through Housing Committee

Espada ‘Rent Freeze’ Bill Passes 6-2

June 1, 2010
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New York’s Section 8 Problem

Ending the Perfect Storm: Finding Solutions and Identifying Alternatives for New York’s Section 8 Problem

April 15, 2010
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Espada Throws It in Reverse:

Advocates for East River Bridge Toll, But Only to Save Free Student Metro Card, Other MTA Services from Budget Ax

Press Contact: Steve Mangione (cellular) 914-403-4072

March 21, 2010
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SENATOR ESPADA ON MANDATE RELIEF PACKAGE PASSED IN THE SENATE

Press Contact: Steve Mangione cellular 914-403-4072

"This makes government more efficient by lifting unrealistic, burdensome regulations from school districts and providing schools with the flexibility to utilize resources more effectively for the benefit of children," said State Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada, Jr., a former teacher in the New York City public school system.

March 15, 2010
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Senator Espada on Lt. Gov. Ravitch's 5-Year Budget Plan

Press Contact: Steve Mangione (cellular) 914-403-4072

Reaction by New York State Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada, Jr. to Lt. Gov. Richard Ravitch’s 5-Year Budget Plan

March 10, 2010
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SENATE MAJORITY BOLSTERS SUPPORT FOR NEW YORK CITY PUBLIC HOUSING

Passage of legislation makes NYCHA eligible to receive millions in federal funding.

February 24, 2010
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Espada: Time to Stop Holding Judicial Pay Raise Political Hostage

Press Contact: Steve Mangione (cellular) 914-403-4072

ALBANY–State Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada, Jr. today said that wage increases for state judges should not be held political hostage to whether lawmakers receive a pay raise.

Sen. Espada said he agreed with today’s 5-1 Court of Appeals ruling that chastises the Governor and state legislature for violating the Constitution by linking judicial salary to other non-related issues.

February 23, 2010
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