Cuomo: “Today, I Give Mr. Espada the Last Word – When He Says, ‘Guilty'”

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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 Cuomo sought to destroy him “to get where he wants to be, the anointed governor of New York State.”

Cuomo didn’t forget it. Today, Espada pleaded guilty to 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.'”

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