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Puerto Ricans in Buffalo baseball history

October 20, 2012

This Birthday in Buffalo Sports History: Juan Gonzalez
Born October 20, 1969) —

You’ve spent a lot of time watching the Buffalo Bisons if you can remember Juan Gonzalez’s stay here. It wasn’t a long one.
The outfielder came out of Puerto Rico to sign with the Rangers’ organization at the age of 16. He quickly worked his way up the ladder and saw some time in the majors at 19. But Gonzalez fully arrived in 1991, when he hit 27 homers and drove in 102 runs in his first season as a regular.
Gonzalez pounded baseballs for the Rangers for nine seasons. He was the MVP of the American League twice, and had more than 40 homers in a season five times. We’re talking Hall of Fame potential here.
The outfielder bounced to Cleveland and Detroit before returning to Texas. But his production dropped off quickly after he turned 32. What happened? Jose Canseco said he personally injected Rodriguez with steroids, a charge the outfielder denied. He did have injury problems in his 30’s, though.
In 2005, Gonzalez played five games as a member of the Buffalo Bisons. He went 6 for 21. That was the last time he played in organized baseball.
— Budd Bailey
Buffalo News, 10-20-12

Espada sweats out sentencing

October 15, 2012

Espada sweats out sentencing http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/espada-sweats-sentencing-article-1.1182837?localLinksEnabled=false

Pedro Espada tax evasion trial in November faces 40 years

October 5, 2012

Federal prosecutors are attempting to revoke the bond of former New York legislator Pedro Espada Jr., alleging he has continued stealing from the Bronx health-care clinic that he was convicted of embezzling from earlier this year.
Prosecutors asked U.S. District Judge Frederic Block in federal court in Brooklyn to jail Mr. Espada because the former Bronx state senator “in recent months, continued to improperly siphon funds from the Soundview Healthcare Network,” according to the letter submitted Tuesday. Susan Necheles, Mr. Espada’s lawyer, didn’t return a phone message and email seeking comment.
Mr. Espada posted a $750,000 bond following his arraignment in the case in December 2010. In May, the one-time powerful lawmaker was convicted of four counts of stealing $480,000 from the clinic that he founded three decades ago. Each count carries a maximum 10-year prison sentence.
But Mr. Espada has been allowed to remain free pending his sentencing, which Judge Block said will occur some time after Mr. Espada stands trial in November in Manhattan federal court on tax-evasion charges.
In June, the White Plains Road health-care clinic—whose operational responsibilities passed from Mr. Espada to one of his sons, Alejandro Espada, after his conviction—sold its medical equipment and the right to assume the lease to the Institute for Family Health for $600,000, according to the prosecutors’ letter.
“Immediately thereafter, the defendant and members of his family drained most of the $600,000 from Soundview’s account,” the letter states.
Records show that one day after the $600,000 was deposited into the clinic’s bank account, the son obtained three cashier’s checks and distributed more than $350,000 of that money, according to the letter. Prosecutors said that a $104,000 check was cut to Mr. Espada’s janitorial company, which hadn’t done business at the clinic in more than two years. A $50,000 check went to Mr. Espada’s lawyers, a $40,000 check was cashed by Mr. Espada and three other checks were paid to Mr. Espada’s sons and one of their consulting firms. Another $5,200 payment went to Mr. Espada’s bodyguard, the letter states.
Alejandro Espada couldn’t be reached for comment.
Prosecutors say that the clinic owes $2 million to creditors, such as medical-supply companies, and about $1 million in taxes. They requested that Judge Block make Mr. Espada account for the $600,000. A bail revocation hearing has been scheduled in Judge Block’s courtroom for Friday afternoon.

Ex-senator Pedro Espada retried next year

September 6, 2012

Disgraced ex-state Sen. Pedro Espada Jr. will have to wait until next year to be retried on charges of ripping off his Bronx health-care network — which could be shut down a lot sooner than that after a damning court decision yesterday.
Espada was told by a Brooklyn federal court judge that his retrial on charges related to stealing from Soundview Healthcare Network will be held in March 2013, after his Manhattan federal-court trial for tax crimes related to the swindling, which starts in November.

Mitt Romney hardly leaves an electronic paper trail behind…

August 27, 2012

Is this for real? “The review of the archived material comes at a time when Mr. Cuomo is being much discussed as
a 2016 presidential candidate. Many public figures with national ambitions have been concerned about being tripped up by old documents; when Mitt Romney left the governorship in Massachusetts, his administration wiped all e-mail from the government server and allowed his top aides to buy their work hard drives, so no electronic record remained. “

Mitt Romney troubling past as governor left hardly any electronic paper trail.

August 27, 2012

The review of the archived material comes at a time when Mr. Cuomo is being much discussed as
a 2016 presidential candidate. Many public figures with national ambitions have been concerned about being tripped up by old documents; when Mitt Romney left the governorship in Massachusetts, his administration wiped all e-mail from the government server and allowed his top aides to buy their work hard drives, so no electronic record remained.

Puerto Ricans wanted power sharing three years ago when Demos took control of senate…today two sentenced to prison terms

August 3, 2012

A staff member for one of the four senators said the group’s “key concern was the absence of Latino leadership among the state’s key leadership posts” and said the group would go so far as push to install a Latino majority leader — a move that would be a heavy political lift for four senators to achieve.
A black gov., a black majority leader, Ricans wanted access to powerful posts. The  promises made to them conveniently forgotten, the coup ensued. Yet, this piece of the story cast aside, the focus became how many orders of sushi, a pony for his granddaughter’s birthday party, flowers for his wife all leading up to embezzlement charges on May 14, 2012, of former majority leader of the Senate Pedro Espada.
And what had become a succession to the throne, the first Puerto Rican Senate president in line to be governor instead is a convicted felon. And Espada blames Gov. Andrew Cuomo who as former state attorney general started to investigate him charged him with embezzlement of $14 million from Sound View the company he founded in 1979, when it was  allegedly $400, 000, after his conviction.
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