Albany, NY, Apr 22, 2010 — A Republican state Senator says he's calling for Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada to step down. As Karen DeWitt reports, his amendment may also apply to the Senate President, Democrat Malcolm Smith.
State Senator Marty Golden, a Brooklyn Republican, introduced an amendment calling for Senate Majority Leader Espada to step down from his leadership post until state and federal investigations about Espada's business dealings are finished.
Espada has been accused by State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo of stealing $14 million dollars from a health care clinic that the Senator controls. Senator Golden says he's considering extending his resolution to include enate President Malcolm Smith. Smith's involvement with some not for profit groups is also the subject of a federal investigation.
Golden says the Senate Democratic leadership is rife with "cultural corruption".
"It's ludicrous," said Golden.
Golden says he's giving Senate Democrats a few days to clean their own house, before actually putting the amendment on the Senate floor.