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Names Revealed of Electeds Recorded in Corruption Probe

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

A federal judge has unsealed the names of elected officials recorded on a wire by ex-state Sen. Shirley Huntley — including six sitting state Senators and one current Councilman.

The names:

State Senator John Sampson

Melvin Lowe, (former political consultant and associate of New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman)

State Senator Eric Adams

State Senator Ruth Hassel-Thompson

State Senator Jose Peralta

State Senator Malcolm Smith

City Councilman Rubin Wills

State Senator Velmanette Montgomery

Curtis Taylor, (former press advisor for Malcolm Smith)

It's unclear whether the state lawmakers whose names were released today will face any charges.

Huntley wore a wire as part of a deal for leniency in an embezzlement case.

With Annmarie Fertoli and Colby Hamilton

Meet the electeds named in the memo:

State Senator John Sampson (D-Brooklyn)

Elected to state Senate in 1996. Won re-election in 2012 with 78.5 percent of the vote.

Represents parts of Brooklyn, including Canarsie, East New York, Sheepshead Bay, parts of Brownsville, Mill Basin and Jamaica

Former head of the State Senate Democratic conference

Indicted on embezzlement charges; accused of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from real estate escrow accounts to fund, among other things, a failed Brooklyn district attorney campaign

Named in a 2010 New York State Inspector General's report on the inappropriate handling of the Aqueduct Racetrack licensing project

(Photo: Courtesy of the New York Senate)

State Senator Eric Adams (D-Brooklyn)

Elected to state Senate in 2006. Won re-election in 2012 with 84.6 percent of the vote.

District includes Boro Park, Crown Heights, Prospect Heights, Lefferts Garden and Sunset Park in Brooklyn

Former NYPD Captain

Currently running for Brooklyn Borough President

Also named in the 2010 Inspector General's investigation into Aqueduct

(Photo: Courtesy of New York State Senate)

In a statement, Adams said he has not been contacted about any investigation. "I believe deeply in transparency and the pursuit of justice—and that is why I committed 20 years of my life to law enforcement. I am more than willing to help with any investigation," he said in the statement.

 

State Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson (D-Mount Vernon)

Elected in 2000. Won re-election in 2012 with 85.3 percent of the vote.

District includes parts of the Bronx and Westchester County

 Formerly served on Mount Vernon City Council

Former member of Sampson's leadership team in the Democratic conference

 

(Photo: Courtesy of the New York State Senate)

Hassell-Thompson says she was "perplexed" to find her name in the documents. In a statement she said she lunched with Shirley Huntley in 2012. "At no time - past or present - did we discuss anything inappropriate, improper or illegal. My record is above reproach. I am certain, as are my colleagues and my constituents, that the government's investigation has already cleared my name and affirmed my credibility.”

 

State Senator Jose Peralta (D-Jackson Heights, Queens)

Won a special election in March 2010. Ran unopposed in 2012.

District includes Corona, Jackson Heights and East Elmhurst

Replaced former state Senator Hiram Monserrate, who was expelled from the senate after being convicted of misdemeanor assault

Peralta released a statement saying, “I am confident that the authorities will find, if they have not already done so, that I have engaged in no wrongdoing whatsoever.”

 

 

(Photo courtesy of Flickr)

State Senator Malcolm Smith (D-Queens)

Won a special election in March 2000. Ran unopposed in 2012.

Joined with the breakaway Independent Democratic Conference last year, which currently governs the state senate in a power-sharing agreement with Senate Republicans

 Also named in the Inspector General's report on the Aqueduct bidding process

(Photo: WNYC)

 

 

State Senator Velmanette Montgomery (D-Brooklyn)

Elected in 1984. Won re-election in 2012 with 85.2 percent of the vote.

District includes Red Hook, Ft. Greene, Clinton Hill and Bedford-Stuyvesant in Brooklyn

Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Children and Families; also serves on Agriculture and Crime and Correction committees

 (Photo: Courtesy of New York State Senate)

 

 

New York City Councilman Ruben Wills (D-Queens)

Elected in 2010 special election. Ran unopposed in 2011.

Represents Jamaica, Queens.

Former chief of staff to Shirley Huntley

Settled a 15-year-old larceny case in 2011 after skipping court dates

(Photo: Courtesy of the City Council)

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Comments [1]

All we know is that these are the people whose voices appear on the recordings? Not whether they broke any laws, just that they spoke to Shirley Huntley and were secretly recorded? Let's please withhold judgment until we know more.

May. 08 2013 02:19 PM

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