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Accused Of Corruption, NY State Sen. Shirley Huntley Surrenders To Attorney General

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A state senator from Queens is in a bit of legal hot water. State Senator Shirley Huntley is surrendering to the attorney general as a result of a corruption investigation into non-profits.

Just after 7 a.m. Monday Huntley, family members, and supporters left her Jamaica, Queens home and loaded into an SUV for the trip to a Nassau County courthouse in Mineola where her husband said she would surrender to authorities. She would not comment on her legal troubles.

Huntley joins a long list of Albany politicians caught up in corruption scandals. While she wouldn't talk on Monday on the advice of her attorney, she did speak on Saturday during a press conference in front of her home that even she called "strange." She said she wanted to let her supporters know directly from her that she would be arrested. Saturday she said, "I am going to be arrested. On Monday, I will turn myself in."

This announcement comes a month after her niece and a top aide were arrested on charges they kept $30,000 of taxpayer money intended for a non-profit she founded to help constituents navigate the school system. Her pending arrest stems from an investigation launched by Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's office, and comes while she is seeking re-election.

Huntley and her attorney say she'll be vindicated in court. "I have no idea what this is all about" she told supporters on Saturday.

The attorney general's office didn't respond to the senator's press conference but said the correct forum is a court of law where they'll prove all of the facts according to the rules of evidence.

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