Friday, February 18, 2011
Espada Had a Million Dollar Payroll!
Looks like disgraced former State Senator Pedro Espada did his part to keep the employment numbers up in the Bronx. As Glenn Blain over at the Daily News reports, Espada had a 50 person staff that accrued a payroll of nearly $1 million in just his final 6 months in office. Blain reports that "Espada's 50-person staff included more than 20 "community outreach" and constituent liaison workers who made as much as $60,000 a year, new disclosure forms show." Of course Espada was not alone, Senate Democratic Conference Leader John Sampson's six-month payroll topped $725,000 and Brooklyn Democratic Sen. Carl Kruger spent $657,353 during the period. No wonder the Democrats overspent their $28 million budget by as much $14 million. All of this raises two important questions that someone needs to answer: who allowed a thug like Espada to get a hold of so much money, and why do these Senators need so many staff members anyway?