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Mood Grim In Albany As Names Of Pols Recorded By Huntley Released

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Lawmakers did not hang around the Capitol long enough to react to the names released of those caught on tape by former colleague Shirley Huntley. NY1's Zack Fink filed the following report.

There were empty hallways and lonely corridors at the state capitol Wednesday, as lawmakers hit the road shortly after the state Senate session concluded.

In an ironic twist, the Assembly canceled its session for the day so that lawmakers could receive ethics training.

"Everyone wanted to be very far from Albany when these names, if they did in fact think they would come out this afternoon, they got away really quickly," said Barbara Bartoletti of the League of Women Voters.

All of the of the elected officials mentioned in court papers are Democrats.

In a statement, Senate Democratic conference spokesman Mike Murphy said, "This is an extremely trying time in Albany. If any charges are brought the conference will take appropriate action."

Governor Andrew Cuomo also talked about the cloud hanging over the state capital.

"It's obviously miserable," he said. "It's, from my point of view, it is violative of the public trust. I'm sure it fuels the cynicism of the public."

Despite the bad news, the governor went forward with his previously planned tourism summit.

Cuomo wants to identify ways to expand the economic benefits the city receives from tourism to the rest of the state. New York City has been setting records with roughly 50 million visitors per year.

"They just don't know about the rest of the state," Cuomo said. "You have international travelers who are coming. They are coming for a prolonged time. I think there's an opportunity for a day trip or an overnight trip to another part of the state."

The Democratic State Committee has begun running ads in support of the governor's "Clean Up Albany" agenda. The ads feature the governor, who explains the reforms he is seeking as soft piano music plays in the background.

"It empowers our district attorneys, it increases criminal penalties and it reduces the influence of money in politics," Cuomo says in the ad.

The Assembly will be back in Albany next week, but the Senate has canceled their one planned day of the session and will not return to the Capitol until May 20. Insiders said that for now, any big agenda items or pieces of legislation are temporarily on hold. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP