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Top State Senate Democrat Doesn't Expect Further Arrests

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Dealing with the corruption arrests of two of her colleagues, the top Democrat in the state Senate says she doesn’t expect any more members of her conference to be arrested.

Earlier this week, Brooklyn state Senator John Sampson was busted on embezzlement charges, and last month, Queens state Senator Malcolm Smith was arrested for allegedly trying to bribe his way onto the ballot in the mayor’s race.

Adding to the Democrats' headaches, it was revealed this week that former state Senator Shirley Huntley secretly recorded conversations with Sampson, Smith and four other senate colleagues, and provided the tapes to authorities.

In an interview on NY1's "Road to City Hall", Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins said she spoke with the four other senators recorded by Huntley.

"Everyone says that nothing that happened in that visit was inappropriate, and they were as shocked as everyone else to know they had been taped while visiting Senator Huntley," Stewart-Cousins said.

Stewart-Cousins has already dismissed Sampson from the Democratic conference and said she will do the same if any more members get in trouble with the law. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP