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Report: NY's Legislature Spent $105M in Six Months

Albany, NY – A new report shows two indicted New York state senators spent the most among lawmakers over the course of a half year.

The Empire Center for New York State Policy report covers how the Legislature spent $105 million on themselves and their offices from last October through March, the end of the state fiscal year.

Former Democratic Senator Pedro Espada Jr. spent more than $790,000. He faces a federal trial this fall on charges he misused government grants secured by his Bronx health clinic.

Democratic Senator Carl Kruger of Brooklyn spent $650,000. He's accused in a bribery case.

The reports were released Tuesday on SeeThroughNY.net.

The Senate's Republican majority pledges to spend millions less on a payroll with 350 fewer employees than when the Democrats held the majority in 2008-2010.

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