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NY State Senator's Charity Ties Under Investigation

ALBANY, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) -- New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has begun investigating two state-funded educational groups and their ties to a legislator, one a nonprofit that was chaired by her daughter and another whose former president is now on the Senate staff.

Funding comes from grants by legislators, all omitted from the current state budget, and which get little performance oversight.

Sen. Shirley Huntley, a Queens Democrat and former school board president, says she won't talk publicly about the investigation yet.

State Education Department records show $401,500 paid from 1996 to 2008 to Parent Information Network in Queens to advise parents how to navigate New York City schools. Its charities registration lists Huntley's daughter Pamala Corley as chairperson.

Huntley's designated $125,000 grant in 2008-2009 for Parent Workshop Inc. of Queens was withdrawn.

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