It is safe to say that Gov. Andrew Cuomo took just a tad bit of pleasure in releasing this statement after former Sen. Pedro Espada, D-Bronx, pleaded guilty today in a federal corruption case.
As attorney general, Cuomo brought a civil lawsuit against Espada in 2010 and then later played a role in the federal prosecution of the controversial former senator.
Espada skewered Cuomo as he ran for governor in 2010, saying that tax fraud and faces up to 7 years in prison. His sentencing is in February.
“Nearly three years ago, my Attorney General’s Office brought a case against then Senator Pedro Espada for looting his taxpayer-funded not for profit and abusing his position of public trust,” Cuomo said in a statement.
“Mr. Espada’s reaction was to lash out again and again and to falsely disparage and accuse my office of engaging in a politically-motivated witch hunt. Today, I give Mr. Espada the last word – when he says, ‘guilty.’”