State to Yank License of Espada-Run Clinic

By Michael Gormley
|  Tuesday, Aug 9, 2011  |  Updated 11:11 AM EDT
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State to Yank License of Espada-Run Clinic

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A New York state official says the state is seeking to revoke the Medicaid license of a Bronx health care facility still run by a former state senator accused of plundering it to fund a lavish lifestyle.

If approved, the action against the Soundview clinic could close the facility in one of the poorest parts of the state.

The former senator, Pedro Espada Jr., didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

The state official spoke on the condition of anonymity because the action hadn't yet been taken.

Espada is a Democrat who was once chosen by Democrats and Republicans to lead their conferences.

He is accused of spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on restaurant meals, shows, vacations and a down payment on a Bentley luxury car.

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