Pedro Espada

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Pedro Espada
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New York State Senate, District 33
Former member
In office
2000-2002, 2009-2011
Pedro Espada (b. 1953) is a Democratic member of the New York State Senate, representing District 33 from 2009 to 2011.

He previously served in the State Senate from 1992 to 1996 and again from 2000 to 2002.

Espada was on the Bronx Area Policy Board from 1978 to 1991. He was also a District Leader in the Democratic Party from 1988 to 1992. In 1996, he left the Democratic party for the Liberal party. He was a candidate for the senate in both 2002 and 2004 but was not elected. He briefly served as the Temporary Senate President in 2009 and Senate Majority Leader.

On June 8, 2009, Espada joined with fellow Democrat Hiram Monserrate in voting for Republican leadership in the senate, thus displacing the Democratic Party as the party in control.[1]


Espada attended The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He then earned his B.A. from Fordham University in 1975. He went on to receive his Certificate from the New York University Real Estate Institute in 1990. Espada was a Family Counselor and Community Organizer from 1977 to 1979. He was also a Bilingual Teacher from 1975 to 1976.

Committee assignments

While a member of the New York State Senate, Espada served on the following committees:



See also: New York State Senate elections, 2010

Espada was defeated by J. Gustavo Rivera in the September 14 Democratic primary by a margin of 6,870-3,607.[2][3]


See also: New York State Senate elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Pedro Espada won the election for New York State Senate, District 33 with 52,090 votes.[4][5]

New York State Senate, District 33 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Pedro Espada (D) 52,090
William Sulivan (CON) 1,377


Convicted of theft

In May 2012, Espada was convicted on four counts of theft for stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from a nonprofit that he founded. The nonprofit agency, Soundview Health Center, was intended to be used for the health needs of poor citizens in the Bronx. Espada was estimated to have stolen $448,000, including $100,000 in meals.[6]

In 2013, Espada was sentenced to five years in prison for embezzlement.[7]


Espada and his wife, Connie, have three children.

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Preceded by
Efrain Gonzalez (D)
New York Senate District 33
Succeeded by
J. Gustavo Rivera (D)