2012-12-21 / Top Stories

Huntley Goes Out With A Splurge

By Howard Schwach

You would think that after being arrested and indicted on serious charges, State Senator Shirley Huntley would prefer to keep a low profile in her last days in office.

Huntley fought to the end, losing the November election to the present City Councilman James Sanders Jr., who will take over her office next month.

But she’s not going out with a whimper.

Last week, Huntley promoted her key aides and granted them pay hikes that, in some cases, will earn their staffers more than the politician earns.

While raises of more than 10 percent as considered “suspicious” in Albany, according to a political insider, “It’s an old game to take as much as you can [before you leave office]. This is the time when there is no real work going on, especially for somebody who lost the election and will not be coming back.”

While it is unclear of just how much Huntley increased some of her staffers, insiders say that it is “well over the 10 percent norm.”

Huntley was arrested on August 27 and charged with conspiracy for funneling $30,000 in member item money to an alleged sham non-profit she founded and which was run by friends and relatives. She was arraigned and pled not guilty to the charges, but still lost the election to Sanders.

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