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Espada Bill Would Freeze Rent for Three-Quarters of a Million Tenants

Press Contact: Steve Mangione (cellular) 914-403-4072 New York State Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada, Jr. is throwing a major lifeline to tenants struggling to pay their rent.

February 17, 2010
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Senator Espada Introduces a Lifeline for Struggling Tenants

Sen. Espada, who also serves as Chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Housing, Construction and Community Development, today unveiled proposed legislation (S.6811) that would help poor, low and moderate income, and working families pay their rent.

His legislation would establish a rent relief assistance program that would freeze the rents of nearly 300,000 households of rent-stabilized apartments to the tune of $100 million in rent increase exemptions in the first year of the program, and gradually increasing to $130 million in rent increase exemptions by year ten.

February 17, 2010
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Housing Rally for Rent Freezes

     Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada, Jr., who also serves as Chairman of the Senate Housing Committee, is deeply committed to providing affordable housing to poor, low-income and working families.

February 17, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Zero-Tolerance of Violence

      As a man who deeply loves and respects my wife of over 30 years and as a grandfather with ten grandchildren, I have worked hard to build a world free of violence, a world that respects women and protects our most vulnerable populations. I have fought hate crimes in my district, provided help to victims of violent crimes, sponsored last month's March for Peace Against Gun and Youth Violence, and proposed legislation to classify violence against women as hate crimes (S.2788).

February 8, 2010
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Public Hearing: 2010-2011 JOINT BUDGET HEARING Housing

New York State Senate Finance Committee Chair Carl Kruger and Assembly Ways and Means Committee Chair Herman “Denny” Farrell will conduct a joint budget hearing to examine the Governor’s proposed budget relating to the development and preservation of housing across the state. When: February 3 @ 1 P.M. Where: Hearing Room B – Legislative Office Building Expected to TestifyNYS Division of Housing & Community Renewal: Brian Lawlor, Acting Commissioner               

February 3, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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Pres. Obama's State of the Union

I am hoping to hear the President talk tonight about supporting our middle-class; people are struggling and the government has an obligation to focus on putting people back to work and helping families make ends meet. I’d also like to hear him present a strategy for creating good-paying jobs, and express a commitment to working with us to bring jobs to New York.

January 27, 2010
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Alleged Police Brutality

I saw the video of Jonathan Baez crying out, helpless in handcuffs, his head smashed repeatedly into the pavement by someone who swore to protect us.

I applaud Commissioner Kelly’s swift decision to suspend those two officers without pay and to launch a full investigation, including looking at the supervising officers. I have always supported the police force, and will continue to do so. We need them in the Bronx.

But we don’t need them behaving like this. And let me be clear - most of them don’t. But we can’t have even one officer behave like this.

January 22, 2010
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Reaction Statement from New York State Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada, Jr. to Governor's Budget

“The Governor’s budget frames the multi-year fiscal challenge that faces all New York residents. Obviously, we all have to learn to do more with less. Government, in particular, must control spending. At the same time, we must be creative and practical and work together to help those who have been hit hardest by this economic crisis.

January 19, 2010
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Sen. Espada Led Bronx MLK March for Peace to End Gun and Youth Violence

In tribute to the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., New York State Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada, Jr. was joined by clergy representing all religions, students of schools and members of athletic teams throughout the Bronx, and borough community leaders and residents in a massive “MLK March for Peace to End Gun and Youth Violence.” Before the parade, with pledge cards in hand, Sen. Espada asked the borough’s youth to sign on to an anti-gun/gang pledge to help end violence and hate/bias crimes among young people in the Bronx.

January 19, 2010
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Sen. Espada Led Bronx MLK March for Peace to End Gun and Youth Violence

In tribute to the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., New York State Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada, Jr. was joined by clergy representing all religions, students of schools and members of athletic teams throughout the Bronx, and borough community leaders and residents in a massive “MLK March for Peace to End Gun and Youth Violence.” Before the parade, with pledge cards in hand, Sen. Espada asked the borough’s youth to sign on to an anti-gun/gang pledge to help end violence and hate/bias crimes among young people in the Bronx.

January 19, 2010
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Sen. Espada Joined By More Than 35 Bronx Clergy and Community Leaders to Announce Major Haiti Relief Effort

New York State Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada, Jr., along with Bishop Fernando Rodriguez, president of the Latin American Chaplains Association, an international not-for-profit organization of clergy headquartered in the Bronx, were joined today by more than 35 of the borough’s clergy and community leaders to announce a major relief effort for the victims of the earthquake in Haiti.

January 14, 2010
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Major Relief Effort for Haiti Underway in the Bronx

Press Contact: Steve Mangione 914-403-4072 (cellular) or 718-518-1600 WHEN: 2 p.m. Thursday, January 14, 2010 WHERE: District Office of State Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada, Jr., 400 East Fordham Road, Seventh Floor, Bronx, NY (entrance on Webster Avenue) SUBJECT:

January 14, 2010
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Sen. Espada Speaks on 2010 Priorites

January 11, 2010: Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada, Jr. discusses two of his legislative priorities this year..."I am focused on bringing historic change to housing...and human rights to improve the working conditions of farmworkers."

Senator Espada's priorities for 2010 inlcude: "creating jobs and affordable housing, controlling government spending, providing tax relief, strengthening ethics reform and improving education for our children on behalf of the state's 19.5 million residents."

January 13, 2010
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Walk for Peace to End Gun and Youth Violence

Join us as we gather in front of the Paradise Theater on Grand Concourse and Walk for Peace to prevent Gun and Youth Violence in unity to the First Union Baptist Church for a memorial service in honor of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led by Rev. Dr. James E. Wilson, Jr., Senior Pastor.9:00 am January 18, 2010 Paradise Theater, 2403 Grand Concourse11:00 am January 18, 2010 First Union Baptist Church 2064 Grand ConcoursePlease RSVP:Marzetta Harris, Senator Espada’s Office (718)220-5480

January 18, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
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Sen. Espada Supports Raising the Charter School Cap

Senator Espada speaks on increasing the cap on charter schools, which will benefit thousands of children in the Bronx and throughout the State, as well as bring vital federal dollars into the State's public school system. 

January 13, 2010
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En Espanol: Sen. Espada on 2010 Legislative Priorities

In Spanish: NYS Senator Pedro Espada discusses Governor David Paterson's 2010 State of the State address, his legislative priorities for the year ahead (including charter schools) and the Martin Luther King's legacy of service in a January 11, 2010 interview.

January 13, 2010
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Rally in Support of Timely Legislation That Would Increase Cap on Charter Schools and Pave Way for Federal Funds

Press Contact: Steve Mangione 914-403-4072 (cellular) For Release 2 p.m. Friday, January 8, 2010

January 8, 2010
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