Officials Named in Huntley’s Wire List Proclaim Innocence at Varying Speeds

Ex-State Senator Shirley Huntley. (Photo: Facebook)
Ex-State Senator Shirley Huntley. (Photo: Facebook)

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.

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John Sampson Stripped of Committee Assignments and Rank After Allegations

John Sampson. (Photo: Facebook)
John Sampson. (Photo: Facebook)

After State Senator John Sampson was arrested for his alleged involvement in a bribery scheme this morning, the lawmaker who replaced Mr. Sampson as the head of the Senate’s Democratic conference, Andrea Stewart-Cousins, acted swiftly by stripping him of rank and privilege.

“These allegations are deeply disturbing,” Ms. Stewart-Cousins said in a statement. Continue reading “John Sampson Stripped of Committee Assignments and Rank After Allegations”