The murky depth of Sen. Jose Peralta’s campaign financial records has aroused suspicion.
Crains Insider: On Wednesday, court papers revealed that Queens state Sen. Jose Peralta was one of nine people secretly taped by Queens state Sen. Shirley Huntley—eight of whom, according to federal prosecutors, are under investigation, though not accused of wrongdoing.
At the same time, Mr. Peralta, a leading candidate for Queens borough president, has paid $31,000 since the end of 2011 from his separate state Senate account to the New York City law firm Stroock Stroock & Lavan. The campaign finance disclosure does not list the specific purpose of the expenditure; the most recent payment to the firm from Mr. Peralta’s state Senate account, made last December, is listed simply as “legal fees.”
Mr. Peralta’s campaign did not comment despite multiple requests from The Insider on Wednesday evening and Thursday. Two lawyers at the firm also refused to comment.
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