FBI Was Tracking Nine NY Democrats in Corruption Probe
Federal investigators were tracking nine Democrats in a probe involving State Senator Shirley Huntley, who wore a wire to record conversations with her colleagues.
Via the Times Union:
Almost a quarter of the state Senate’s Democratic conference was in the FBI’s cross hairs last year, according to a court filing unsealed Wednesday.
Last summer, federal investigators asked state Sen. Shirley Huntley to invite six Democratic colleagues to her Queens home and record their conversations. According to a sentencing memo written by Huntley’s lawyer, the former lawmaker told prosecutors — who had charged her with siphoning money from a nonprofit group for which she secured state money — that she “had knowledge of what she believed to be corruption involving [nine] public officials.”
Huntley, a grandmother and former PTA leader, taped them all.
Prosecutors have already indicted two of the taped senators, John Sampson of Brooklyn and Malcolm Smith of Queens, but the memo listed four more colleagues: Eric Adams and Velmanette Montgomery of Brooklyn, Jose Peralta of Queens and Ruth Hassell-Thompson of Mount Vernon.
The list also includes Huntley’s former chief of staff, New York City Councilman Ruben Wills, as well as two men with political ties to the Senate’s Democratic conference, Curtis Taylor and Melvin Lowe.
Separate filings indicate that only one of the nine investigated Democrats is believed to have done nothing criminally negligent.
Governor Cuomo called the situation, “complicated, but basically all bad”, while Democrat colleagues in the Senate tried focusing on the perils of “snitching”, rather than the perils of breaking laws.
Side note, did Shirley Huntley wear a wire and try to reveal corruption practices by her poodle?
The people demand an answer…