10/17/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Pedro Espada Fires a New Aide, Onix Sosa, Over Real Estate Scandals

Pedro Espada Jr., the majority leader of the State Senate who is already at odds with tenant advocacy groups, appointed a new deputy chief of staff last month who in recent years managed dozens of low-income buildings with chronic housing code violations.

The aide, Onix A. Sosa, supervised operations at about 35 buildings in Upper Manhattan and the Bronx as of late 2006 that had nearly 7,400 unresolved violations, including nearly 1,100 deemed immediately hazardous, according to city officials.

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