From CBS 2:
New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo is getting phone and e-mail records and other documents in his investigation of state Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada.
Espada says he will fully cooperate with the subpoena seeking records held by him, his Bronx health clinic, and the Democrat-led Senate. Cuomo has been probing state grants provided to the Soundview Health Care Network, a Bronx clinic for the poor founded by Espada.
The Democratic senator says Thursday he suspects some political motivation behind the subpoena issued by Cuomo, a fellow Democrat widely viewed as planning a run for governor. The subpoena was issued an hour before Gov. David Paterson's State of the State address Wednesday, when he railed against corruption in Albany and called for reforms.
In August, CBS 2 learned that Espada was embroiled in a new pay controversy, allegedly doling out raises and jobs to friends and cronies with money he got after he re-defected to the Democrats in the Albany Senate coup he led last year.
The coup was the gift that kept on giving -- to Espada. After the renegade politician agreed to rejoin the Democrats -- giving them the majority -- he received $568,000 for increases to his staff.
Good government groups take issue with who Espada hired -- several cronies with ties to the Soundview Health Clinic he owns in the Bronx.