State Senator Pedro Espada's PR guy Steve Mangione says his boss is expecting to pick up the keys to his new district office on the seventh floor of Fordham Place (at 400 E. Fordham Road, which may or may not be in his district; we'll have to get a ruling on that soon)sometime this weekend.
In an e-mail, Mangione writes that "Sen. Espada said the keys to the district office will be turned over by the building's management company this weekend, making the opening imminent."
This sounds a little more concrete than past promises from Espada's camp, but we'll wait to see if it indeed comes to fruition.
Espada is the only New York Senator without a district office.
The controversial new majority leader has been angling to secure office space at Fordham Place since February. Reportedly, Senate leadership balked at giving him the budget to afford rent at Fordham Place, which was estimated to be close to $100,000 a year.
Apparently, now that he's majority leader, a concession he negotiated following a month-long defection to the Republican party, Espada is getting what he wants, including flashy new digs in a newly-renovated office building (but not a job for his son who recently resigned from a plum $120,000 gig with the State Senate).