EXCLUSIVE: Charges expected against Brooklyn state Sen. John Sampson

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Source: NY Daily News

June 2010: [L/R]  Brooklyn state Sen. John Sampson stands with Chanina Sperlin at a barbeque fundraiser hosted by the corrupt Crown Heights Jewish Community Council, inc

June 2010: [L/R] Brooklyn state Sen. John Sampson stands with Chanina Sperlin at a barbeque fundraiser hosted by the corrupt Crown Heights Jewish Community Council, inc

Sen. John Sampson (D-Brooklyn) is identified in court papers as asking ex-Sen. Shirley Huntley (D-Queens) to wield her influence on behalf of a businessman who held a Kennedy Airport lease in March 2012. The FBI is also examining a $100,000 ‘loan’ Sampson took from a legal client. It was revealed Friday that Huntley had been wearing a wire in a corruption probe to catch fellow politicians.

A prominent Brooklyn state senator is the latest politician snared in a long-running federal corruption probe, with charges expected against him this week, the Daily News has learned.

Sen. John Sampson (D-Brooklyn), once among Albany’s most powerful politicians, is the senator identified in court papers as asking ex-Sen. Shirley Huntley (D-Queens) to wield her influence on behalf of a businessman holding a Kennedy Airport lease in March 2012.

The businessman wanted to expand his lease, and Huntley arranged for him to meet with Port Authority officials, according to sources familiar with the case.

She allegedly took $1,000 in bribes, court papers state — and then wore a wire to record meetings with seven elected officials while working as a federal informant.

According to the sources, the FBI is examining a $100,000 “loan” to Sampson from one of his legal clients, Queens businessman Edul Ahmad, who is charged with mortgage fraud in an unrelated case.

Ahmad also delivered a $40,000 “loan” to U.S. Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-Queens) in a deal first exposed by The News.

Ahmad’s attorney, Steven Kartagener, told the House Ethics Committee that the loan had no written terms regarding interest or payment schedule.

Meeks made no payments on the loan for two years until the FBI began looking into it, the lawyer had acknowledged. He declined comment Saturday.

The House Ethics Committee cleared the congressman in December after it investigated the loan, ruling Meeks’ failure to report the loan on disclosure forms was “inadvertent.”

 

One of Sampson’s allies when the Democrats briefly had control of the Senate is Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Queens), who was busted in April for trying to bribe his way on to the GOP line in the city’s mayoral race.

Smith has denied any wrongdoing.

Sampson was expected in federal court later this week as the latest big catch in a political corruption probe.

His attorney, Zachary Carter, declined comment on the case Saturday.

Huntley became the second corrupt state lawmaker exposed in the last five weeks as a government informer gathering damning details against her legislative colleagues.

Nelson Castro resigned his Assembly seat last month after acknowledging that he wore a wire for three years. Assemblyman Eric Stevenson (D-Bronx), in part thanks to Castro, was charged with perjury.

Huntley was voted out of office last fall. She faces up to two years in prison at a sentencing this week for stealing more than $87,000 from a sham nonprofit called Parents Information Network.

“No comments, my dear — none at all,” she told a News reporter Saturday. “Have a pleasant day.”

Gov. Cuomo said the latest black eye for Albany’s political reputation was an opportunity to push for change.

“You will certainly have a certain amount of bad actors in government, the way you have bad actors in every aspect of life,” Cuomo said Saturday. “We’ve had more than our share in Albany.”

Cuomo noted that the Legislature remains in session, and said he hoped reform was on the horizon.

“I think it’s an opportunity to pass laws that make the system better,” the governor said. “You take a situation like this. It’s unfortunate. It adds to the distrust and cynicism.”

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Queens) echoed the governor’s call for change. “This is totally embarrassing for the good elected officials,” said Avella.

The recent probes brought a certain level of paranoia to the capital, he said. “I guess some people have reason to be paranoid and nervous,” he added.

With Peter Moskowitz

klovett@nydailynews.com, gsmith@nydailynews.com and lmcshane@nydailynews.com

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Chanina Sperlin and Brooklyn state Sen. John Sampson:

Dear Collive and Chabad.info, in-case your thinking to make the above stories I linked above disappear  please be advised that they were saved to PDF.
August 2008: Menachem Mendel Hendel, director of Eshel greeted the NY State Senate John Sampson along with Mordechai Chein, Chanina Sperlin and Laibish Nash, members of the Crown Heights Heights Jewish Community Council, Inc,

August 2008: Menachem Mendel Hendel, director of Eshel greeted the NY State Senate John Sampson along with Mordechai Chein, Chanina Sperlin and Laibish Nash, members of the Crown Heights Heights Jewish Community Council, Inc, on the Roof of the Eshel building.

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4 Responses to “EXCLUSIVE: Charges expected against Brooklyn state Sen. John Sampson”

  1. State Senator Sampson Arrested On Corruption Charges Says:

    Brooklyn, NY – Another New York lawmaker has run afoul of the law.

    Sen. John Sampson was arrested on Monday in the latest corruption case brought by federal prosecutors.

    The Brooklyn Democrat was to appear later in the day at a Brooklyn courthouse. Specific charges were not immediately announced.

    There was no immediate response to a message left Monday with Sampson’s attorney.

    The arrest came less than a week after prosecutors revealed that former Sen. Shirley Huntley made numerous secret recordings of other elected officials in a bid for leniency in her own corruption case.

    In recent years, several elected officials in New York have been charged in bribery and other schemes.

  2. Dovie Says:

    Chanina Sperlin must be sleeping very well these days.

  3. FBI Opens New Investigation Into Sen. John Sampson Says:

    5/26/13

    Brooklyn, NY – Three weeks after he was arrested on charges of embezzling $440,000 in escrow funds, the FBI says it is now looking into whether or not state Sen. John Sampson broke the law by demanding citizens seeking his help hire him as their attorney.

    The NEW YORK DAILY NEWS (http://nydn.us/14ROhFw) is reporting that the feds are investigating “at least” two cases in which Sampson allegedly “sought” and “received” retainer fees from local businessmen who sought his help in dealing with local governmental issues.

    Sampson was charged with embezzlement by the feds three weeks ago for illegally taking $440,000 from an escrow fund to finance his unsuccessful bid for Brooklyn DA in 2005.

    According to the DAILY NEWS, the focus of the the federal probe are “retainer fees” Sampson took for doing work typically performed for free by elected officials.

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