The names caught up in ex-State Sen. Shirley Huntley’s wire-tapping efforts were revealed Wednesday afternoon, leaving elected officials and staffers scrambling to respond to news that they were most likely the subjects of ongoing federal investigations.
The U.S. Attorney’s office had revealed that eight of the nine individuals secretly recorded by Ms. Huntley in an effort to minimize her sentence on embezzlement charges “remain the subjects of ongoing criminal investigations.” And while some offices appeared to be prepared for the news, others seemed completely caught-off-guard. Others still have yet to comment.
The list includes a slew of Democratic lawmakers, including City Councilman Ruben Wills, State Sen. Eric Adams, who is running for Brooklyn borough president, Sen. Jose Peralta, who is running for Queens borough president, and Sen. John Sampson, who was arrested earlier this week on unrelated embezzlement charges.
In the wake of the death of Manhattan soldier Private Danny Chen, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand wants the Defense Department to conduct a system-wide review of incidents of hazing and racial discrimination in the armed services.
Private Chen, 19, died from what was ruled a self inflicted gunshot wound in October. In the months prior to his death, he wrote family members describing suffering bad treatment at the hands of his fellow soldiers including verbal abuse, being pelted with rocks and held upside down. The military charged eight people with wrongdoing in connection with his death.
“My deepest condolences go out to the Chen family,” Senator Gillibrand said in a statement. “I cannot imagine what they are going through as they mourn the senseless loss of their son. No soldier should have to mentally or physically fear another soldier. There is no room for discrimination and mistreatment in our military. We need to ensure that those responsible for this type of abuse are held accountable and we must take steps to prevent any more tragedies from happening.” Continue reading “Senator Gillibrand Calls For Investigation Into Military Hazing and Racism”→