Pedro Espada Throws Cash at Protesters

Pol accuses protesters of being "hired goons" posing as housing advocates

Thursday, Aug 5, 2010  |  Updated 11:37 AM EDT
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As lawmakers in <a title=Albany were finishing the State Budget, a clash between Bronx Democrat Pedro Espada and a group of Housing Advocates -- was caught on tape." />

Mario Mazzoni, Metropolitan Council on Housing

As lawmakers in Albany were finishing the State Budget, a clash between Bronx Democrat Pedro Espada and a group of Housing Advocates -- was caught on tape.

Bronx Democrat Pedro Espada gave a group of protesters more than just a piece of his mind on Tuesday: He gave them cash -- angrily tossing crumpled bills at them during a shouting match.

The clash happened earlier this week in Albany, where Espada had gone to work on the State Budget.

In a statement afterward, Espada accused the protesters of being “hired goons” posing as housing advocates.

He said they were shouting epithets and blocking him from leaving the restroom.

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