NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Here we go again!
CBS 2’s Marcia Kramer has learned another elected official is about to go down in the on-going corruption probe involving New York politicians and it turns out his colleague ratted him out.
The circus is back in Albany.
Fear and loathing were stalking the halls of the state capital on Friday. Bets were being place about the identity of the latest officials to fall from grace on corruption charges.
And all because one of their own, then-State Sen. Shirley Huntley of Queens, wore a wire to get evidence.
“If you are a corrupt official in New York you have to be worried that one of your colleagues is working with us,” U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said.
The Manhattan U.S. Attorney apparently wasn’t kidding. It seems turning informant or government rat is in.
This after word came down Friday that while she was still serving in the Legislature Huntley tried to save herself from corruption charges by attempting to help the feds nab others. And she succeeded.
It was plainly evident in the sentencing memo filed by Brooklyn U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch in the Huntley case. The then-lawmaker was taping conversations with nine people. Four ended up being a bust, but, “recordings of meetings the defendant held with state senator #1 and two other elected officials did yield evidence useful to law enforcement authorities.”
In Albany there is intense speculation about the identity of “state senator #1.” What we do know is that he participated in something the feds are calling “the JFK Airport bribery scheme.”
Court papers say senator #1 asked Huntley to use her official influence with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey on behalf of a businessman who wanted to expand his operations at JFK, in exchange for cash.
Details of Huntley’s secret recordings are to be filed in a sealed letter to the court next week. She is due to be sentenced Thursday.
As for the other lawmaker who will be charged, we should be able to reveal his name next week.
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