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State Senator Huntley indicted in pork probe

By MICHAEL GORMLEY, Associated Press

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The indictment against veteran New York state Sen. Shirley Huntley accuses her of conspiring in a scheme to use state grants to benefit associates in a nonprofit group she founded.

The 20-count indictment also charges leaders of the organization called The Parent Workshop with grand larceny. It's based on an investigation by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's office.

The indictment says the Queens Democrat covered up fraudulent use of the state money. Huntley had secured a $30,000 grant in 2006 for the group, which was formed to help parents work effectively with the New York City school system.

Huntley said Monday morning that the case will prove her innocence.

Senate Democratic leader John Sampson is expected to strip Huntley of her $9,000 stipend.

She faces a tough Sept. 13 primary.

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