John Sampson

A New York state senator has been convicted on federal charges he sought to sabotage an investigation targeting him for embezzlement.

Eight more names of lawmakers  and others potentially involved in corruption were made public Wednesday, when a judge ordered prosecutors in the case of convicted ex- Senator Shirley Huntley to make public the names of  her colleagues that she secretly recorded.  WAMC's Capitol Correspondent Karen Dewitt reports.

32 NY Officials Snared For Corruption In 7 Years

May 7, 2013

With the arrest Monday of another former state Senate majority leader, New York has seen 32 state level officials snared in corruption cases in the last seven years.

The fourth arrest in the last four weeks came as legislators and Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who campaigned on cleaning up Albany, have repeatedly insisted it has shed its dysfunctional past.

Bill Mahoney of the New York Public Interest Research Group says that isn’t true.

New Yorkers seemed to doubt it, too.

Former Senate Democratic Leader John Sampson turned himself in to federal authorities Monday, after being accused in a nine count indictment of embezzling nearly half a million dollars from mortgage foreclosure accounts,  and then trying to cover it up. 

Another Senator Arrested On Corruption Charge

May 6, 2013

Former New York state Senate Democratic Leader John Sampson turned himself in to federal authorities Monday, after being accused in a nine-count indictment of embezzling nearly half a million dollars from mortgage foreclosure accounts, and then trying to cover it up.

According to the federal compliant, Senator Sampson is accused of embezzling $440,000 in funds that he was entrusted to care for as a court-appointed referee on four foreclosed Brooklyn properties.   

Liz Benjamin: Trouble For "Senator #1"

May 6, 2013
Liz Benjamin
YNN, Capital Tonight

Et Tu, Shirley?

Since the revelation that former Bronx Assemblyman Nelson Castro had been working as a double agent for federal prosecutors for almost the entire duration of his four years in office, the most popular political parlor game in Albany has been trying to guess who else might be wearing a wire.