Shirley Huntley

Shirley L. Huntley (born June 29, 1938) is a former New York State Senator, serving from 2007 to 2012. Huntley represented Senate District 10 in Queens County,[1] which included Jamaica, South Jamaica, Springfield Gardens, Laurelton, South Ozone Park, Kew Gardens, Broad Channel, and Lindenwood. She pleaded guilty to mail fraud in 2013.[2]

Shirley L. Huntley
Member of the New York State Senate
from the 10th district
In office
January 3, 2007 – January 1, 2013
Preceded byAda Smith
Succeeded byJames Sanders Jr.
Personal details
Born (1938-06-29) June 29, 1938 (age 83)
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Herbert Huntley
ResidenceJamaica, Queens, New York
WebsiteOfficial website

Political careerEdit

Huntley was elected to Community School Board 28 in 1993 and served as its president until the dissolution of the School Board in 2004. She was appointed to the Community Education Council for District 28 in June 2004 and was elected as its president in July 2004.[3]

A Democrat,[4] Huntley defeated then-State Senator Ada Smith in a Democratic primary in 2006.[5] She won the general election that year[6] and took office in 2007.[4]

On December 2, 2009, Huntley was one of eight Democratic state senators to vote against same-sex marriage legislation, which failed to pass the Senate.[7] In June 2011, Huntley came out in support of gay marriage and voted for the Marriage Equality Act.[8]

Prosecutions and guilty pleasEdit

In May 2011, the New York Post revealed that Huntley was being investigated by the office of the state New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman for allegedly running a taxpayer-funded fraudulent charity.[9]

Huntley called an emergency press conference at her home in Jamaica, Queens on August 25, 2012. She revealed that she expected to be arrested on Monday August 27 in the state’s continuing investigation into the use of pork-barrel grants by legislators. Huntley founded a nonprofit social service and education group that was investigated by the Attorney General Schneiderman, and she funded it in part with state grants.[10] Huntley turned herself in to the Nassau County District Attorney's office in Mineola at 7:45 a.m. on August 27, 2012.[11]

On January 30, 2013, Huntley appeared in federal court in Brooklyn and pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud for embezzling $87,000 in state grant funding from the Parent Information Network, a Queens non-profit organization.[2] Huntley later pleaded guilty in state court to a charge of falsifying evidence.[12] She was sentenced to a year and a day in prison on the federal charge.[13]

In May 2013, The New York Times reported that Huntley's "secret recordings of some of New York’s most prominent politicians heightened concerns about widespread corruption in Albany".[14]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Odato, James M.; bureau, Capitol (December 7, 2011). "4 associates of Queens senator accused in scam case". Times Union.
  2. ^ a b "Former State Senator Huntley Pleads Guilty To Fraud". NY1. Retrieved 30 January 2013.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "Senator Shirley L. Huntley". NY State Senate.
  4. ^ a b "Former State Sen. Shirley Huntley Pleads Guilty To Second Felony Stemming From Sham Charity". February 13, 2013.
  5. ^ Schindler, Paul. "Key Gay Defeats in Primary". Gay City News.
  6. ^ Nir, Sarah Maslin (August 27, 2012). "Shirley Huntley, Queens State Senator, Turns Herself In" – via
  7. ^ "Blogs". Daily News. New York. Archived from the original on 2011-08-07.
  8. ^ Confessore, Nicholas; Barbaro, Michael (2011-06-24). "New York Allows Same-Sex Marriage, Becoming Largest State to Pass Law". New York Times. Retrieved 2011-06-25.
  9. ^ Vincent, Isabel; Klein, Melissa (March 13, 2011). "Charity pol probed". New York Post.
  10. ^ "Queens Democrat Shirley Huntley Calls Press Conference, Expects To Be Arrested". CBS News New York. Retrieved 26 August 2012.
  11. ^ Algar, Selim (August 27, 2012). "Sen. Huntley turns self in". The New York Post. Retrieved 27 August 2012.
  12. ^ Mosi Secret (2013-02-14). "Ex-Senator Shirley Huntley Pleads Guilty in 2nd Fraud Case - The New York Times". Retrieved 2020-01-14.
  13. ^ "Ex-Queens State Sen. Shirley Huntley Sentenced To A Year In Prison For Looting Charity". Daily News. Retrieved 9 May 2013.
  14. ^ Mosi Secret. "Huntley Is Sentenced to a Year in Prison - The New York Times". Retrieved 2020-01-14.

External linksEdit

New York State Senate
Preceded by
Ada Smith
New York State Senate, 10th District
Succeeded by
James Sanders, Jr.
Political offices
Preceded by
Thomas Morahan
Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities
January 2009–December 31, 2009
Succeeded by
Thomas Morahan
Preceded by
Daniel Squadron
Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Cities
January 2010–December 2010
Succeeded by
Andrew Lanza