Ousted NY state senator paid staff $1 million in final six months 

WHAT: Scandal-tarred former Bronx Sen. Pedro Espada paid his bloated 50-person staff $1 million during his final six months in office — some 25 percent more than any other New York state senator.

HOW: Espada’s office included more than 20 “community outreach” and “constituent liaison” workers who got as much as $60,000 a year. He also employed a former upstate county Democratic chairman at $150,000 a year.

WHAT’S BEING DONE: Espada was defeated in last fall’s primary, and is already indicted for charges of tax evasion and looting more than $500,000 from the nonprofit health clinic he operated with his son.

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