Donors claim they didn’t know Sandy scammer was under investigation
Two state lawmakers who gave campaign money to now-indicted Brooklyn Assemblywoman Pamela Harris, amid a grand jury probe into her alleged theft of taxpayer money, say they had no idea she was under investigation at the time.
Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie cut Harris a $2,000 check and state Sen. Diane Savino gave her $4,400 in July 2016 — just as Harris paid $8,250 to law firm Stroock & Stroock & Lavan, which also repped ex-assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver during his 2015 corruption trial.
“Like many others . . . Senator Savino contributed to the reelection campaign of Assemblywoman Harris,” a spokesman for Savino said.
Harris held a fund-raiser at the Coney Island boardwalk restaurant Tom’s, a Facebook posting from the time of the donations shows.
Reps for Heastie pointed out that the speaker cut checks to multiple candidates in mid-July.
An 11-count federal indictment accuses Harris of pocketing $35,000 in taxpayer money that the City Council gave to a children’s nonprofit she ran before taking office.