NY State Senator Carl Kruger Pleads Not Guilty

New York state Senator Carl Kruger pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to charges that he accepted $1 million in bribes in a federal corruption case.

During a hearing in Manhattan, Kruger's lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, said his client "never accepted bribes from anyone for any matter and he never abused his office in any way whatsoever."

Prosecutors say he unfairly aided a developer, a lobbyist and two hospital executives.  Kruger entered the not guilty plea after prosecutors upped the charges against him, adding bribery.

In the courtroom, Brafman said a substantial number of 30,000 calls intercepted by the FBI during the investigation involved his client either directly or indirectly.

Kruger had been the influential Senate Finance Committee chairman from 2008 to 2010.

With the Associated Press