There’s just something so… anticipatory… about hearing that a state senator was wearing a wire. Welcome to New York!
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.
More here and here. The quote, by the way, is from Governor Andrew Cuomo, who must be secretly relieved that he’s in a state where the legislature makes his particular peccadilloes look tame*. Better and better: the authorities are saying that one of the nine people Huntley wore a wire for is in the clear. The other eight? …Well, the feds have already indicted two; guess we’ll see, huh?
*I mean, having a live-in girlfriend? Tacky, sure, but it’s not actually illegal.