By Tom Precious
ALBANY – She sat in her living room secretly recording six state lawmakers at the behest of federal investigators, but it wasn’t enough to keep former Senator Shirley Huntley, a Queens Democrat, out of jail.
The 74-year-old lawmaker, who resigned amid her own corruption scandal involving embezzlement of state funds at a non-profit agency she oversaw, was sentenced by a federal judge in Brooklyn on Thursday afternoon to a year and a day in jail.
Huntley is the second, known ex-lawmaker who was revealed in recent weeks to have word a wire at the behest of federal investigators to record fellow state legislators in an attempt to win leniency from prosecutors for their own illegal acts.
The growing scandals, including the recent arrests of two former top Democratic leaders of the state Senate on corruption or theft charges, has lawmakers in Albany asking two basic questions: who is next and who else is wearing a wire?
Huntley recorded and photographed six state lawmakers – five from New York City and one from Westchester County – last summer for probes that investigators say are still underway.
The two recently arrested former Senate Democratic leaders, John Sampson of Brooklyn and Malcolm Smith of Queens, were among those Huntley caught on tape.