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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.
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
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)