Two New York state lawmakers accused in recent weeks of misusing nonprofit organizations went down to defeat in Thursday’s Democratic primary, says the New York Daily News.
Sen. Shirley Huntley, who was indicted last month on charges of conspiring with a relative and aides to funnel taxpayer funds to a sham charity, lost in her Queens district to City Councilman James Sanders Jr.
Assemblywoman Naomi Rivera of the Bronx was defeated, by Mark Gjonaj, the borough’s member of the city’s Taxi and Limousine Commission. Ms. Rivera is under investigation for allegedly misusing funds she had steered to a nonprofit group led by her then-boyfriend.
Both women have denied the allegations. At her campaign headquarters Thursday, Ms. Rivera blaming her ouster on “pathetic smear attacks.”