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Wiretaps focused on six state senators

Federal investigators put a wire on a former state Senator, and investigated nine different people that she spoke with last summer.

That’s the startling revelation in a memo released Wednesday in the case of former downstate Senator Shirley Huntley, who was initially charged with stealing state money from a non-profit organization.

Investigators had Huntley put on a wire and invite nine people, including six sitting Democratic senators, to her home as part of their investigation of political corruption.

The names on the list released Wednesday include former Majority Leaders of the State Senate John Sampson and Malcolm Smith, who have both recently been charged by federal prosecutors in separate embezzlement and corruption cases.

Other senators named include Eric Adams, Ruth Hassel-Thompson, Jose Peralta and Velmanette Montgomery, all from the New York City area.

Meanwhile, Governor Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday that he may invoke the duties of a special Moreland Commission if the state legislature doesn’t take action to clean up Albany.

Cuomo said he may be forced to convene the prosecutorial panel to look into recent corruption charges in the state Capitol.

 

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