Albany Scandal: The Hospital Connection

Monday, March 14, 2011

Barbara Benson, covers the health care industry as the editor of Crain's New York Business "Health Pulse".  She joins us today to discuss the corruption charges against Carl Kruger and William Boyland Jr. that stem from alleged bribes from a healthcare industry executive.


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Norman Oder from Brooklyn

Re: Carl Kruger and Forest City Ratner.

Keep in mind that, as of last June, the rebuilding of the Carlton Avenue Bridge, closed since January 2008, was supposed to cost $40 million. The city transferred $24 million, and developer Forest City Ratner was supposed to pay the rest. But last week we learned that they prefer to get the public to pay.

According to a 6/24/10 Empire State Development Corporation document, which allowed the disbursal of additional City funds: "It is expected that the Carlton Avenue Bridge related infrastructure work will cost in excess of $40 million. The City shall fund $24 million of the cost of the Carlton Avenue Bridge related infrastructure work. The remaining cost will be funded by Forest City."

Not exactly--Forest City was trying to get $9 million out of Kruger.

Also note these details from the FBI complaint: "The Senate Staff Member said he understood that they made a commitment to the Vice President [Forest City Ratner's Bruce Bender], and it was important to put a 'down payment' on the Vice President's projects, so the Senate Staff member's "recommendation" was to give the $4 million to the Vice President for him to allocate as he saw fit."

That didn't happen, but it's curious that Senate leadership was essentially willing to outsource "pork" directly to the developer.

Mar. 14 2011 10:07 AM

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