Senate Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins has stripped Sen. John Sampson of his ranking committee posts in the chamber and is no longer a member of the conference, she announced in a news released this morning.

Stewart-Cousins, a Yonkers Democrat, ousted Sampson as leader of the mainline Democrats in the wake of the November elections.

Sampson had been the ranking minority member of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

She called the latest corruption scandal to hit Albany “deeply disturbing” and a violation of the public trust.

“These allegations are deeply disturbing,” Stewart-Cousins said. “The alleged activity represents an offensive violation of the public trust for which there is no place in our government. Senator Sampson has been stripped of his ranking positions and all committee assignments. He has also informed us that in order to avoid being a distraction to the conference he will no longer conference with the Senate Democrats.”

With Sampson booted from the conference, he is now the second member of the Legislature to be without a formal conference. Sen. Malcolm Smith, who joined the breakaway Independent Democratic Conference last year, was kicked out of the IDC by Sen. Jeff Klein last month after he was arrested in a separate corruption case.