AG hopeful Eric DiNallo slamming his Democratic primary opponents for weighing in on the Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada Jr. scandal, saying it’s inappropriate for anyone seeking to succeed the current AG, Andrew Cuomo, to comment on a case he or she might end up inheriting.


Would-be AGs Nassau County DA Kathleen Rice and Sen. Eric Schneiderman both released statements yesterday saying Espada should voluntarily relinquish his post as majority leader in the wake of the civil charges slapped on him by Cuomo.

Dinallo also announced a six-point agenda for investigating public corruption, which includes stringent new disclosure requirements for charities (like, say, the Bronx-based Soundview, which Cuomo says Espada looted of more than $14 million), using the Tweed Law to investigate the misuse of public funds, and pursuing election law violations under the existing Executive Law.

“It is unwise for a candidate for Attorney General to comment on a case that could soon come across their desk. Doing so in this instance could result in a recusal from an important case,” Dinallo said in a press release.

“The Public Integrity Agenda I announced today speaks to how seriously I take violations of the public trust, and outlines how I intend to handle such cases as Attorney General.”

“New Yorkers know that cleaning up corruption in Albany requires a strong, independent Attorney General with the tools and demonstrated ability to prosecute abuses of power and restore public confidence in our state government.”

Cuomo said criminal charges might be in the offing for Espada, not to mention federal charges after the early morning raid conducted yesterday by the AG, FBI and IRS.

In other words, this case might very well take some time to reach its final conclusion, dragging on into the tenure of the next AG – particularly if Espada refuses to cop a plea (assuming one is offered) and fights in court, as it seems at this moment he will.

Dinallo touted himself as the “only candidate whose investigations of powerful entrenched interests have resulted in major reforms that benefit all New Yorkers.”

(He’s referring not only to his time as a prosecutor in former Manhattan DA Robert Morgenthau’s office, but also to his unearthing of the Martin Act while working for Eliot Spitzer, enabling the then-AG to take on Wall Street).