Statement From Attorney General Andrew Cuomo

"Since Monday, we have been reviewing the matter of the hiring of Pedro G. Espada. Yesterday, conversations took place between senior members of this Office and members of the Senate and its staff, including Senator Espada, regarding the legality of the hiring and the relevant provisions of the Public Officers Law. While in the past there may have been similar hires, that does not make such practices acceptable. Last night, Senator Espada and his son announced that the younger Mr. Espada would not continue as a Senate employee. We believe the Espadas have made a legally correct and appropriate decision."