Court documents containing the names of lawmakers secretly recorded by former state Senator Shirley Huntley were unsealed this afternoon and include several of her Senate colleagues, as well as a member of the City Council. NY1's Grace Rauh filed the following report.
Seven elected officials are getting thrust into the middle of a growing corruption scandal that is engulfing Albany.
They all spoke to former state Senator Shirley Huntley last summer, when she was wearing a wire for the government.
In a court filing, Huntley's attorney revealed that the former state senator recorded conversations with state Senator John Sampson, state Senator Eric Adams, state Senator Ruth Hassel-Thompson, state Senator Jose Peralta, state Senator Malcolm Smith, City Councilman Ruben Wills and state Senator Velmanette Montgomery.
She also recorded meetings with a Democratic consultant, Melvin Lowe, and with Curtis Taylor, a former aide to the senate Democrats.
Prosecutors said eight of the nine people Huntley spoke with are the subjects of ongoing criminal investigations.
Some of the named politicians quickly defended themselves.
"My attorney has been in touch directly with the federal investigators, and they have assured me that I am not a target of any investigation relating to Senator Huntley or anyone else," Wills said.
In a statement, Peralta, who is running for Queens Borough President, said he is confident that the authorities will find, if they have not already done so, that he has engaged in no wrongdoing.
Senator Adams, who is running for Brooklyn Borough President, said, "I have not been contacted about any investigation. I am more than willing to help with any investigation."
Some of the politicians Shirley Huntley recorded have already been indicted. Sampson was arrested on Monday on embezzlement and obstruction of justice charges. Smith was accused of trying to bribe his way onto the ballot in the race for mayor last month. Both have pleaded not guilty.
As for Shirley Huntley, she is scheduled to be sentenced Thursday after pleading guilty to embezzling about more than $87,000 in state grant money from a not-for-profit organization that she founded.