The Albany Times-Union reports:
ALBANY — More trouble for Pedro Espada Jr.: He could face another criminal charge for putting his uncle on the state payroll.
The Legislative Ethics Commission quietly issued a notice alleging the ex-senator violated the law by hiring his uncle, Juan Feliciano Jr., as an $80,000-a-year “special assistant” when he last held office in 2009-10. The notice, published with no announcement on the commission’s website Dec. 9, alleges two violations of the state’s Public Officers Law, each punishable by a fine of up to $40,000 or, if the commission so votes, referred for prosecution as a criminal misdemeanor.
Michael Benjamin
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