Suit: Espada stole $14M from BX organization

THE BRONX - Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo is suing Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada Jr. for allegedly looting $14 million out of the Bronx based not-for-profit where Espada serves as president and CEO.

Nineteen current and former officers of the Comprehensive Community Development Corporation in Soundview have also been named in the lawsuit. The suit alleges Espada stole more than $14 million of taxpayer money over five years.

Cuomo says Espada diverted charitable assets to himself, relatives, friends and for his political operation.

Some voters say they'd like to see Espada removed from office.

"I think he should go directly to serve his time and plus pay back the money," says Rodney Paulin.

AP wire reports contributed to this story.

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