Sen. Shirley Huntley, a Queens Democrat locked in a tight primary race, told reporters and supporters in New York City today that she expects to be indicted Monday, according to several published reports.
While she did not detail what charges she expects to face, an aide to Huntley was hit with fraud charges late last year by Attorney General Eric Schneiderman in connection with state grants that went to the senator’s non-profit organization.
“I want my day in court,” Huntley said, according to NY1. “I don’t know the charges, I have no idea what this is about and I’m just here to say to you I thought that my constituents should know.”
Huntley’s staff hastily announced today’s press conference at 8 p.m. yesterday. In an email that went out to reporters (Subject: “Emergency Press Conference), a Huntley staffer wrote this: “It is crucial that everyone attends. It is a matter of great importance.”
When it comes to Huntley’s comments, Schneiderman spokesman James Freedland issued this statement:
“Although our office cannot comment on an ongoing matter, we are aware of the comments made by Senator Huntley earlier today. The appropriate forum in which to respond to the Senator is a court of law, where the Attorney General will prove all facts according to the rules of evidence. Those facts will speak for themselves.”
It marks the second black eye for an Albany lawmaker in as many days. Yesterday, veteran Brooklyn Assemblyman Vito Lopez was stripped of his seniority and removed as chairman of the housing committee after an Assembly ethics panel found that allegations he sexually harassed two employees were “credible.”