Archive for September 20th, 2002

20th September
2002

First Published in The New York Sun,  September 20, 2002
By Andrew Wolf

If you don’t come from the Bronx, it’s tough to understand politicians like Senator Pedro Espada, Jr. Mr. Espada is a charming rogue. If there is an ethical or legal line to cross you can be sure that he will be walking that line.

One can’t help but be impressed with the health care empire Mr. Espada has built. The halls of his Soundview Health Center, one of several such centers he operates, bustle with activity. Thousands of poor Bronxites depend on him for medical care, which is the source of his political appeal. At the Bronx, the public health care industry — the biggest business sector in the only borough without a chamber of commerce — has supplanted the clubhouse as the political center. (more…)