Huntley sentenced in corruption scandal

Posted at: 05/09/2013 4:15 PM
Updated at: 05/09/2013 6:28 PM
By: WNYT Staff

Former state Sen. Shirley Huntley.
Former state Sen. Shirley Huntley.
Photo: nysenate.gov

Former state Sen. Shirley Huntley.
Former state Sen. Shirley Huntley.
Photo: File / WNYT

ALBANY - The former state Senator at the heart of the most recent spate of corruption scandals in New York learned her fate Thursday. Shirley Huntley was sentenced to a year and a day in prison.

The Queens Democrat admitted to embezzling nearly $88,000 from a state-funded non-profit she controlled.

She wore a wire to help the feds secretly record nine people in hopes of receiving leniency. That list includes six state senators and a New York City councilman.

Eight of the nine are under criminal investigation. That includes Senators Malcolm Smith and John Sampson, who have already been charged with crimes.

NewsChannel 13 reached out to the other senators named for reaction, including Sen. Jose Peralta. He says he's confident authorities will find he engaged in no wrongdoing whatsoever.

Sen. Eric Adams says he hasn't been contacted about any investigation. He says he deeply believes in transparency and the pursuit of justice and is more than willing to help with any investigation.

Sen. Ruth Hassell-Thompson says at no time did she and Huntley discuss anything inappropriate, improper or illegal.

Gov. Cuomo also reacted to the scandal, saying, "I think it would be an unacceptable outcome to end this session without addressing the public trust issue and without taking actions to restore the public trust and that's what I've said to the legislature publicly and that's what I've said privately."