Cuomo accuses Senate leader of `looting' clinic

By By The Associated Press

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo is suing state Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada Jr., accusing the fellow Democrat of siphoning $14 million from his government-funded Bronx clinic.

Nineteen current and former officials of Espada's Comprehensive Community Development Corp. - known locally as Soundview - are also named in the lawsuit.

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

There was no immediate comment from Espada, who had called Cuomo's investigation a 'witch hunt' to boost the attorney general's political career.

Espada is the freshman senator who was instrumental in the coup that gridlocked the chamber last summer.

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