Shirley Huntley


As Corruption Scandal Widens, Black Political Leaders Reflect on Implications

Thursday, May 09, 2013

There’s a sense that the widening corruption probe is a sad end to what once seemed to be a promising moment for black political power in Albany.

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Wire-Wearing Former Pol Gets Sentenced to 1 Year And 1 Day

Thursday, May 09, 2013

A 74-year-old former New York State lawmaker — who secretly recorded other politicians in a bid for leniency — was sentenced to one year and one day in prison for embezzling money from a nonprofit.



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.

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Latest Corruption Arrest Erodes Power of Minority Politicians

Monday, May 06, 2013

Another lawmaker representing New York City in Albany has been indicted. This latest case is continues to weaken the power of New York City's delegation in the New York Senate, and to lawmakers representing communities of color in particular.



Another Legislator Served While Wearing a Wire, New Court Docs Show

Friday, May 03, 2013

Turns out there were at least two Albany lawmakers who wore wires for federal investigators last year. Former state Senator Shirley Huntley recorded meetings with seven other elected officials last summer, a court filing on Friday revealed.



AG Schneiderman Issues Indictment Against NY State Senator in Pork Probe

Monday, August 27, 2012

Calling a state senator's allocation of taxpayer dollars an abuse of public trust, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman on Monday shared details of the charges filed against Senator Shirley Huntley of Queens.



NY State Senator Says She Expects to be Arrested

Saturday, August 25, 2012

New York state Sen. Shirley Huntley says she expects to be arrested Monday amid a continuing investigation by Attorney General Eric Schneiderman into state grants she provided nonprofit organizations.



Aide to Qns Sen. Huntley Faces Charges

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

An aide to state Senator Shirley Huntley and one of the senator's housemates have pleaded not guilty to charges they stole more than $29,000 dollars in grant money intended for a New York City nonprofit founded by Huntley. Two others were also arraigned this morning in State Supreme Court in Nassau County.


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Same-Sex Marriage Bill Passes Senate, 33-29

Friday, June 24, 2011


On Friday evening New York became the sixth state to approve same-sex marriage — an historic victory for gay rights advocates and bitter defeat for the bill's opponents that came during an overtime legislative session in Albany.

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Gay Marriage by the New York Numbers

Monday, June 13, 2011

All of a sudden it looks like Albany might actually pass a gay marriage bill, maybe. Ever wondered how many same sex couples lived in the state, or how many out-of-state couples would feed New York's economy if they got married here? Maybe you're just curious how much a wedding costs in the Big Apple (hint: it's cheaper to elope). Whatever happens in the legislature this week, here's a look at gay marriage by the numbers.

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What's Stopping Gay Marriage From Being Legal in New York?

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Public support for same sex marriage in New York state is at an unprecedented 58 percent. Only 36 percent of New Yorkers are opposed. Taking those numbers along with Governor Andrew Cuomo's recent insistence upon marriage equality legislation getting passed this year, it suddenly seems likely that the state could see another vote on the issue sooner rather than later.

But we've been down this road before, and same sex marriage can't seem to get past the State Senate. With the Assembly perennially in favor, and public support ever increasing, what seems to be the trouble? 

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Senator Huntley's Challenger Picks Up Supoprt

Thursday, August 05, 2010


An openly gay Democratic City Councilman in Queens just endorsed a challenger to Democratic State Senator Shirley Huntley, one of the people who voted against-same sex marriage.

The Councilman, Jimmy Van Bramer of Sunnyside, said he’s support Lynn Nunes because “his commitment to reform and equality for all make Lynn the right choice for Southeast Queens and the right choice for New York.”

Lynn is challenging Huntley -- herself once favored by progressives and the Democratic establishment because she ousted the controversial Ada Smith. But now, Huntley is drawing fire from progressives for voting against same-sex marriage.

The endorsement announcement comes one day after same-sex marriage advocates cheered the overturn of a gay marriage ban in California (it’s likely to wind up, at some point, in the Supreme Court).

Since being voted down last year, the landscape for passing same-sex marriage in New York has improved, slightly.

A couple of Democratic State Senators who voted against same-sex marriage last year have been replaced by supporters.

In Queens, for example, Democratic State Senators who voted against the bill include Joe Addabbo, Hiram Monserrate and George Onorato. Monserrate was removed and replaced by Assemblyman Jose Peralta. Onorato announced he’s retiring, and is expected to be replaced by Assemblyman Michael Gianaris. Both Peralta and Gianaris voted for same-sex marriage while in the Assembly.

But, as Liz Benjamin noted, the issue may not be coming up for a vote in the State Senate any time soon.

Huntley has $45,927 on hand for her campaign. Challenger Nunes has $115,114.

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