ALBANY, N.Y. - A federal judge has released the names of nine people, including six state senators and New York City councilman, secretly recorded by a former New York state senator embroiled in a corruption scandal.
The names were released Wednesday over the objections of prosecutors. In a separate filing a day earlier, prosecutors said eight of the nine people are under criminal investigation, including state senators Malcolm Smith and John Sampson. They have already been charged with crimes including bribery and embezzlement.
Shirley Huntley, the former senator who made the wire tap recordings, is scheduled to be sentenced on Thursday after pleading guilty to mail fraud conspiracy last winter. The Queens Democrat admitted embezzling nearly $88,000 from a state-funded nonprofit she controlled.
The government revealed last week that she made the recordings in a bid for leniency.
Hutley secretly recorded conversations for the FBI during the summer of 2012 with the following: Melvin Lowe, (former political consultant and associate of New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman); State Senator Eric Adams; State Senator Ruth Hassel-Thompson; State Senator Jose Peralta; State Senator Malcolm Smith; City Councilman Rubin Wills; State Senator Velmanette Montgomery; Curtis Taylor, (former press advisor for Malcolm Smith).
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Gov. Andrew Cuomo says that even as the names of more lawmakers surface in a federal corruption probe, there's no significant progress in Albany toward enacting tougher anti-corruption measures.
Cuomo says some legislators see no need to act.
The Democrat says Wednesday that if a legislative solution isn't reached by the end of the session June 20, one of his options is to order a powerful commission to investigate all of state government for corruption.
He says lawmakers have strong, philosophical opposition to some measures, including the Democratic proposal to use public funds to pay for election campaigns in a voluntary matching fund system.
But he also says some simply don't want tougher laws.