Disgraced former state Sen. Shirley Huntley is days away from freedom, but the fate of nine people she caught on a federal wire still hangs in the balance.
Huntley is due to be released from a federal halfway house on May 31 after completing 10 months of her one-year sentence in a corruption case. She pleaded guilty last year to stealing $87,700 in taxpayer money from her nonprofit — cash she spent on shopping sprees with Assemblywoman Vivian Cook.
To save herself, Huntley agreed to secretly record fellow politicians and two political operatives at her Queens home, where she was recuperating from a broken ankle.
In June, July and August 2012, Huntley hosted fellow lawmakers in her den, catching them on recording devices hidden in a water bottle, a key chain and a cigarette case.
It was unclear why the feds focused on the nine guests, but at least four had links to the tainted bid by the Aqueduct Entertainment Group to build a racino at the Queens racetrack. The feds reportedly directed Huntley to ask them about Aqueduct.
With the arrest last week of one of the group, Rubin Wills, the “Huntley Nine” are asking: Who’s next?