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Huntley recorded six senators, one councilman for FBI

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Posted: Wednesday, May 8, 2013 6:48 pm | Updated: 7:28 pm, Wed May 8, 2013.

The names of six Democratic state Senators and a city councilman from Southeast Queens were among those contained Wednesday on a list of people who had their conversations with then-state Senator Shirley Huntley recorded by an FBI listening device in 2012.

Those on the list engaged in recorded conversations with Huntley in 2012.

The U.S. Attorney’s office did not comment as to how many of the people mentioned are under investigation.

But a presentence report submitted to Judge Weinstein last week in the Huntley matter said the former senator’s cooperation yielded “evidence useful to law enforcement” in three cases, without specifying who the targets of the investigations are or were.

 The list unsealed Wednesday includes:

• State Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst), who is a candidate for Queens Borough President;

• State Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis), who was arrested in April along with City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) and four others in connection with allegations that Smith tried to bribe his way onto this year’s Republican mayoral ballot;

• Curtis Taylor, Smith’s former press advisor:

• Councilman Ruben Wills (D-Jamaica) a former Huntley staffer who in 2012 invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination when questioned about funds at a nonprofit group that are unaccounted for;

• State Sen. John Sampson (D-Brooklyn), who was arrested by the FBI this week on a nine-count federal indictment; 

• State Sen. Eric Adams (D-Brooklyn), the only candidate for Brooklyn Borough President;

• State Sen. Ruth Hassel-Thompson (D-Bronx);

• State Sen. Valmanette Montgomery (D-Brooklyn), and:

• Melvin Lowe, former political advisor to New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.

“I am confident that the authorities will find, if they have not already done so, that I have engaged in no wrongdoing whatsoever,” Peralta said in a statement released by his office on Wednesday afternoon.

Wills’ office issued a two-sentence statement on Wednesday afternoon.

“My attorney has been in contact with federal law enforcement authorities and he has been informed that I am NOT the target of any investigation arising from proceedings involving Shirley Huntley,” Wills said.

 “I have personally not been contacted by any law enforcement officials to date and I look forward to continuing the work of the people of Southeast Queens that elected me,” Wills added.

The Chronicle was unable to contact Adams’ press representative.

Messages left at the offices of senators Hassel-Thompson and Montgomery were not returned as of the Chronicle’s deadline on Wednesday.

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