State Sen. Shirley Huntley's political rival called for her resignation Tuesday.
City Councilman James Sanders said Huntley's arrest on conspiracy and fraud charges Monday brought shame to southeast Queens and effectively undermined her leadership.
The state attorney general accused Huntley and several of her associates of taking nearly $30,000 in taxpayer money that was supposed to go to a nonprofit education program.
"You cannot deal with a 20-count indictment and do the work of the people," Sanders said at a news conference outside Queens criminal court.
Sanders and Huntley will face off in next month's Democratic primary for the Senate seat. Huntley has vowed to remain in the race.