THE BRONX - Bronx politicians battling it out for the 33rd District state Senate seat headed to the polls this morning to cast their vote in today's primary election.

State Sen. Pedro Espada Jr. (D-Bronx) voted this morning at P.S. 8 in Bedford Park.  Espada entered this year's primary amid scandal after the state attorney general filed a civil lawsuit against him. The lawsuit claims Espada stole millions from the Bronx health clinic he founded.

Espada's competition, Gustavo Rivera, also voted today.  Rivera was born and raised in Puerto Rico, but has been living in the Bronx for the last 10 years.  Rivers promised voters that if elected, he will fight for more jobs, better education, and true reform in Albany.

Espada is also being challenged by Daniel A. Padernacht.