A 74-year-old former New York State lawmaker who secretly recorded other politicians in a bid for leniency for her role in a corruption scandal has been sentenced to a year and a day in prison after she pleaded guilty to embezzling money.
Shirley Huntley apologized for her crime as she was sentenced Thursday by Brooklyn federal Judge Jack Weinstein. She said she would try to use her remaining years to redeem herself to her family and community.
The Queens Democrat took office in 2007 and lost a re-election bid last year.
Her attorney, Sally Butler, had asked the court to consider her years of good works and service. Among that service included meeting with government officials on corruption involving politicians. She recorded conversations with nine Democrats, including state senators, a city council member and two political operatives.
The names were released Wednesday despite objections by federal prosecutors, who said eight were under investigation.