Pedro Espada responds to Cuomo claims

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April 25, 2010 9:00:25 AM PDT
Up Close's Diana Williams sits down with embattled state Senator Pedro Espada.Espada discusses the charges levied against him in a civil lawsuit by New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo. Espada says he has done nothing wrong and accuses Cuomo of trying to discredit him to help the gubernatorial hopeful's political aspiration.

Then, we are joined by a political expert to help break down the situation and see how these charges will affect both parties.

Finally, we're talking rubber rooms and measures taken by New York City recently to eliminate the holding rooms for teachers awaiting disciplinary hearings. They sometimes sat for months in waiting, all while still receiving paychecks.

You can watch this week's episode of Up Close above.