More loose threads: Councilman Ruben Wills and the case of the missing member item | Capital New York


Shirley Huntley, July 2010

Shirley Huntley (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Tug at a loose thread and everything starts to unravel. Such is the case of the investigation of State Senator Shirley Huntley and her dispensing of state grants to nonprofits controlled by relatives and staff. Chris Bragg reports that state AG Eric Schneiderman and Comptroller Tom DiNapoli are investigating a Huntley grant to Queens Councilman Ruben Wills when he was her chief of staff.

“Earlier this month, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman brought charges against State Senator Shirley Huntley, who is alleged to have steered state money toward a staffer and a family member who spent it on themselves.

Schneiderman isn’t done investigating, though: He has also been looking into the fate of an appropriation made by Huntley to a nonprofit affiliated with another former staffer, Councilman Ruben Wills of Queens.

Schneiderman’s office has been trying to obtain records indicating exactly how Wills spent a $33,000 directed by Huntley, his former boss, to a charity he runs called New York 4 Life.

Wills, elected to the Council in the fall of 2010, landed the member item while he was serving as Huntley’s chief of staff.”

The A.G., the councilman and the case of the missing member item | Capital New York.

Huntley is engaged in a tight primary contest with City Councilman James Sanders, who was endorsed this morning by the NY Daily News. Huntley is on the ropes and may go down for the count after Thursday’s Democratic primary.

Stay tuned and see what else unravels in Queens and the Bronx.

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