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Shirley Huntley

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Shirley Huntley
Shirley Huntley.jpg
New York Senate District 10
Former Member
In office
2007 - 2013
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2006
Term limitsN/A
ProfessionBusiness Owner
Shirley Huntley is a former Democratic member of the New York State Senate, representing District 10 from 2007 to 2013.

Huntley was a member of the Queens Community School Board 28 from 1993 to 2004, and was briefly president in 2004. She has been President of the Community Education Council for District 28 since 2004.


Huntley's professional experience includes being the owner and operator of Huntley Enterprises.

Committee assignments


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Huntley served on these committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Huntley served on these committees:


Campaign themes


Huntley said that if re-elected she would continue to focus on the issues she has always concentrated on, namely education and services for veterans and the mentally ill, as well as crime.[1]



See also: New York State Senate elections, 2012

Huntley ran in the 2012 election for New York State Senate District 10. She was defeated by James Sanders, Jr. in the Democratic primary on September 13, 2012.[2][3][4][5]

New York State Senate, District 10 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJames Sanders, Jr. 56.6% 5,322
Shirley Huntley Incumbent 39.9% 3,747
Gian Jones 3.5% 328
Total Votes 9,397


See also: New York State Senate elections, 2010

Huntley ran unopposed in the September 14 Democratic primary. She was unopposed in the November 2 general election.[6][7]

New York State Senate, General Election Results, District 10 (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Shirley Huntley (D) 47,186


See also: New York State Senate elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Shirley Huntley ran unopposed and won the election for New York State Senate, District 10 with 69,899 votes.

Huntley raised $78,411 for her campaign.[8]

New York State Senate, District 10 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Shirley Huntley (D) 69,899

Campaign donors


Listed below are the largest contributors to Huntley's 2010 campaign.[9]

New York State Senate 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Shirley Huntley's campaign in 2010
Herb Huntley$50,000
Committee to Elect John Sampson$16,500
1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East$13,500
Voice Teachers Education Vote/COPE$9,600
Arclay Street Realty LLC$9,500
Total Raised in 2010 $421,308


Listed below are the five largest contributors to Shirley Huntley's 2008 campaign.

Donor Amount
New York State United Teachers $8,050
1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East $5,500
Jeff Klein $5,000
Friends for Gregory Meeks $2,500
New Yorkers for Thompson $2,200



On August 27, 2012, Huntley was indicted for "falsifying business records, conspiracy and tampering with [a] joint investigation of a scheme to steal taxpayer dollars using a sham not-for-profit that did not provide services to the public." The charges were filed by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman as part of a joint initiative on suspected corruption among public officials between his office and state Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli.[10]

The case stems from an investigation into Parent Workshop Inc, a non-profit founded by Huntley in 2006 after she was first elected. The organization, which was supposed to help poor parents navigate the NYC school system, has been alleged to be a sham and that Huntley conspired to help her niece and an aide steal nearly $30,000 earmarked for it. Huntley and the others pleaded not guilty.[11][12]

Secret recordings

According to a document released by a federal court on May 8, 2013, Huntley made secret recordings of six state senators and a city councilman for federal prosecutors and the FBI. The recordings, which were made from June to August 2012, included city councilman Ruben Wills and Senators Eric Adams, Ruth Hassell-Thompson, Jose Peralta, Velmanette Montgomery, John L. Sampson and Malcolm A. Smith. Huntley also made recordings of Curtis Taylor, a former spokesman for the Senate Democrats, and Melvin Lowe, a former Democratic campaign consultant. Federal prosecutors said eight of the nine were the subject of continuing criminal investigations.[13]


In May 2013, Huntley was sentenced to a year and day in prison. She was shown leniency since she cooperated with investigators and snitched on other elected officials.[14]


Huntley has a husband, Herbert.

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  1. Queens Chronicle, "Huntley makes her case for re-election," August 23, 2012
  2. State of New York, State Board of Elections, "Candidate List for the September 13, 2012, State Primary Election," accessed July 31, 2014
  3. State of New York, State Board of Elections, "Official September 13, 2012, Primary Results," accessed July 31, 2014
  4. State of New York, State Board of Elections, "Official Senate Election Returns Nov. 6, 2012," accessed July 31, 2014
  5. State of New York, State Board of Elections, "Official Assembly Election Returns Nov. 6, 2012," accessed July 31, 2014
  6. New York Times, "NY state legislative election results," accessed February 11, 2014
  7. New York State Board of Elections, "Official Primary results from September 14, 2010," accessed July 31, 2014
  8. Follow the Money, "Report on Shirley's 2008 campaign contributions," accessed July 31, 2014
  9. Follow the Money, "Huntley's 2010 Campaign contributions," accessed July 31, 2014
  10. New York Attorney General, "A.G. Schneiderman And Comptroller Dinapoli Announce Criminal Indictment Of Senator Huntley For Covering Up Member Item Scam," August 27, 2012
  11. New York Times, "State Senator From Queens Is Indicted," August 27, 2012
  12. New York Post, "State Sen. Huntley hauled off in 30G 'scam'," August 28, 2012
  13. New York Times, "State Senator Taped 7 Elected Officials in Corruption Inquiry," May 8, 2013
  14. NY Daily News, "Ex- State Senator Shirley Huntley sentenced to year and day in prison," May 10, 2013
Political offices
Preceded by
New York State Senate District 10
Succeeded by
James Sanders, Jr. (D)