Sen. John Sampson once headed the Senate Democratic conference. Now he’s out of it and stripped of all his committee positions.
Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, D-Yonkers, said Sampson, a Brooklyn Democrat, is stripped of all leadership posts and has agreed to no longer sit with the Senate Democratic conference.
Sampson last year earned $34,500 as the conference leader. He was succeeded by Stewart-Cousins and earned $11,000 this year as ranking member on the Senate Judiciary Committee.
“These allegations are deeply disturbing. The alleged activity represents an offensive violation of the public trust for which there is no place in our government,” Stewart-Cousins said in a statement. “Senator Sampson has been stripped of his ranking positions and all committee assignments. He has also informed us that in order to avoid being a distraction to the conference he will no longer conference with the Senate Democrats.”
Sampson is the second Senate Democrat to be removed from his conference. After his arrest last month, Sen. Malcolm Smith was stripped of his leadership posts and removed from the Independent Democratic Conference.