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NY senators, lawmakers secretly taped are named
NEW YORK (AP) -- A federal judge has released the names of nine people, including six state senators and New York City councilman, secretly recorded by a former New York state senator charged in a corruption case.
The names were released Wednesday over the objections of prosecutors. In a separate filing a day earlier, prosecutors said eight of the nine people are under criminal investigation, including state senators Malcolm Smith and John Sampson. They have already been charged with crimes including bribery and embezzlement.
Shirley Huntley, the former senator who made the recordings, is scheduled to be sentenced on Thursday after pleading guilty to mail fraud conspiracy last winter. The Queens Democrat admitted embezzling nearly $88,000 from a state-funded nonprofit she controlled.
The government revealed last week that she made the recordings in a bid for leniency.
Of the nine names, six were state senators, one is a New York City Councilman.
In a statement Councilman Ruben Wills said he was contacted by federal authorities and told he was not under investigation.
Senator Eric Adams, D-Brooklyn, said he has not been contacted by federal authorities.
"I have not been
contacted about any investigation," Adams said. "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.”
Also defending himself after being named in court documents Senator Jose Peralta, D-Jackson Heights, said Wednesday he is innocent.