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NY Ex-Senator Carl Kruger Gets 7-Year Sentence

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Former New York state Sen. Carl Kruger was given a seven-year prison sentence Thursday after telling the court he was  "broken" and "destroyed" for his role in an influence peddling case.

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Councilman Lew Fidler Announces Candidacy for State Senate Seat Formerly Held by Carl Kruger

Monday, January 16, 2012

Brooklyn Councilman Lew Fidler announced his candidacy for the state Senate on Monday, seeking to win the 27th district seat vacated by embattled former state Senator Carl Kruger, who resigned and plead guilty to corruption charges last month.

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Councilman Lew Fidler to announce State Senate bid Monday

Friday, January 13, 2012

Another announcement that surprises no one: City Councilman Lew Fidler will announce his campaign for State Senate on Monday. He'll be running in a special election to fill the seat vacated by former Senator Carl Kruger.

The election is on March 20.

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Special election for Carl Kruger's seat set for March 20

Monday, January 09, 2012

According to a number of reports (and an executive order), Governor Andrew Cuomo has called a special election for a number of empty legislative seats--including disgraced former senator Carl Kruger.

The Governor's spokesperson has confirmed that the special elections will take place on March 20. The move will surely come as a disappointment to Republicans who had hoped to have the elections on their presidential primary on April 24. The hope was to drive up Republican turnout--most importantly in Kruger's former seat--to try and make gains in the state legislature.

When asked about the Governor's decision, a Senate Republican spokesperson stated simply, "The date of the special election is set by the governor."

State of Politics' Liz Benjamin (who was the first to post the executive order below) has this run down of the other races for the Assembly:

As for the Assembly seats, three of them opened up when lawmakers moved on for other jobs.

Assemblyman Mike Spano, a Republican-turned-Democrat departed his post in the 93rd AD to become Yonkers mayor. Assemblyman Mark Schroeder, a Buffalo Democrat, left the 145th AD unrepresented when he became the city comptroller on Jan. 1.

Assemblyman Marc Molinaro, a Republican who represented the 103th AD, is now Dutchess County executive. Several candidates – including former Assemblyman Pat Manning, who preceded Molinaro – are interested in running.

The fourth vacancy came when Assemblyman Tom Kirwan died in office last November. Democrat Frank Skartados, who ousted Kirwan in 2008, only to lose a 2010 rematch, is running for the 100th AD. Kirwan’s daughter, Victoria Kirwan Fabiano, has said she intends to seek the Republican and Conservative lines to run for her father’s old post.

Executive order after the jump.

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Lobbyist Pleads Guilty to Bribing Former State Senator

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Richard Lipsky pled guilty Wednesday to two counts of bribing former New York State Senator Carl Kruger.

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Comptroller DiNapoli: Kruger, other convicted corrupt pols, should 'suffer a cost'

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Disgraced former State Senator Carl Kruger may have been found guilty on corruption charges, but he will still collect his pension as an elected official, per the state's constitution. New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli wants to try again to do something about it.

The Comptroller's office released a statement saying Kruger has submitted the necessary paperwork to collect his pension today. In response DiNapoli will resubmit a bill that would go beyond the recently-passed ethics reform to penalize lawmakers monetarily, as well as make Official Misconduct--currently a misdemeanor--a felony.

"Former Senator Kruger's actions were a breach of the public's trust, but the State Constitution prevents the forfeiture of his pension," DiNapoli said in a statement. "Public confidence in government has been bruised and battered. This bill will be a strong step toward rebuilding trust."

Lawmakers who took office after this past November are subject to losing their pensions if convicted of corruption. But acts that occurred before the law went into affect--as was the case with Kruger--are exempted. The Comptroller's bill would impose a fine of twice whatever monetary amount a lawmaker is convicted of (so let's say you're convicted of stealing $5,000, DiNapoli's law would fine you $10,000) as well as the aforementioned penal class increase.

"My bill would ensure that those public officials who engage in corrupt practices and wrongdoing will suffer a cost to themselves and their families if they abuse their position for personal gain," DiNapoli said.

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Councilman Lew Fidler likely Dem pick for open Kruger seat in Brooklyn

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Councilman Lewis Fidler

In the fallout over disgraced former state Senator Carl Kruger’s resignation, rumors have been swirling in the press over who will be running to fill the seat. On the Democratic side, it is almost sure to be City Councilman Lew Fidler. In conversations with Democratic officials, it was clear that Fidler has the backing of the Brooklyn Democratic Party (there are no primaries in special elections, so the party organization picks its candidate). Adding to this assurance is that labor groups, which back the Working Families Party, are content enough with Fidler that they won’t run someone to his left.

The Councilman has been not-so-subtlety suggesting he’d be gunning for the seat for some time. This is partly because he will be term limited out of his position in the city council in 2013 (he got a new lease on life when the Mayor Bloomberg-backed term limit override allowed him to run for a third term). Fidler has been showered with city council discretionary funds over the years, and has been close to Speaker Christine Quinn. That wasn’t enough, though, to help him secure the most coveted of council chairmanships—finance--back in 2009. The spot went to the Bloomberg-backed Domenic M. Recchia, Jr.

On the Republican side, it’s been reported that David Storobin, a Brooklyn GOP official, is angling for the seat. The Observer reports that he's meeting with key Republican officials today. There are a number of factors that could make this a competitive race—the district is relatively conservative, it voted for Republican Congressman Bob Turner by a 2-1 margin back in September, if the special election is held on the Republican presidential primary date—but Fidler, with his name recognition and fundraising ability, would be a difficult candidate to beat.

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Party Bosses Will Pick Contenders for State Senator Carl Kruger's Seat

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Political party bosses will now weigh their picks to fill the seat vacated by state Senator Carl Kruger, who pleaded guilty Tuesday to corruption charges and resigned from his post.

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Brooklyn State Senator Carl Kruger resigns

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

As always, State of Politics and YNN host Liz Benjamin has a great rundown of Kruger's career. Read it here.

Carl Kruger Resignation Letter

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State Senator Carl Kruger Pleads Guilty to Corruption Charges, Resigns

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

An emotional state Senator Carl Kruger pleaded guilty to four federal corruption charges in Manhattan federal court on Tuesday.

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An elected officials guide for handling an indictment (updated regularly)

Friday, December 09, 2011

WNYC's Bob Hennelly has a great piece up on our website today on the long history of politicians standing accused, but refusing to stand down. The seeming ever-growing list of indicted elected officials (with some potentially on the way) goes back to time immemorial...or, at least to Aarron Burrs' mortal strike that left Alexander Hamilton dead on the banks of the Hudson.

"Over the years several public officials in New York have elected to stay in office even as they face criminal charges and indictments  -- despite the common misperception that an indictment in of itself is  evidence of culpability," Hennelly writes. "It is not."

Indicted and criminally charged officials continuing to serve in elective office presents a conundrum that puts two of our most fundamental democratic principles in quite a tension: The right to the resumption of innocence that is foundational to our nation's legal system and the right of constituents to unencumbered representation.

Check out the full article here. Check out the broadcast version above.

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Embattled Sen. Kruger's Chief of Staff pulls highest pay (updated)

Friday, August 05, 2011

The state senate released its twice-a-year report on expenditures today. One of the most interesting things that popped out? Embattled Senator Carl Kruger's chief of staff, Jason Koppel, was by far the highest-paid staffer for any individual member, raking in just over (like, literally, by one cent) $81,000 for his services.

The next closest member--Senator Kevin Parker's counsel Richard Berkley--was paid about $18,500 less.

The Senator's office didn't immediately provide comment on the expenditure. Sen. Kruger An associate of Senator Kruger this past week was was given three years probation and fined $15,000 for lying to FBI agents. The senator has been caught up in a bribery scheme since 2009.

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Same-Sex Marriage Bill Passes Senate, 33-29

Friday, June 24, 2011

BBC

On Friday evening New York became the sixth state to approve same-sex marriage — an historic victory for gay rights advocates and bitter defeat for the bill's opponents that came during an overtime legislative session in Albany.

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State Sen. Kruger's Constituents Stunned About Corruption Charges

Friday, March 11, 2011

A day after State Senator Carl Kruger was slapped with corruption charges, some in his Brooklyn district said they're shocked to hear the nine-term lawmaker allegedly accepted more than a $1 million in bribes. 

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Two State Legislators Charged With Corruption for 'Unholy Alliance'

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Brooklyn State Senator Carl Kruger and Assemblyman William Boyland, Jr. are among eight people facing public corruption charges for what federal prosecutors in Manhattan call a wide-ranging bribery scheme based on "an unholy alliance of politicians, lobbyists and businessmen."

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NY State Senator Kruger Charged in Corruption Case

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Brooklyn State Senator Carl Kruger, who surrendered in New York to face federal charges on Thursday, is among eight people charged in a federal influence-peddling case.

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Behaving badly in Albany

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

A disturbing trend continues:

Parker did not take the stand in his own defense and will be sentenced on January 27.

It continues a troublesome trend in Albany. Since the start of 2009, eight state Senators have come under scrutiny for wrongdoing.

Here's the tally:

Kevin Parker: Was found guilty today of beating up a New York Post photographer. Parker declined to take the stand in his own defense.

Vincent Leibell: Plead guilty to obstructing justice and not reporting as income money he took from two attorneys. Leibell’s attempt to cover up the payments were secretly recorded by prosecutors.

Pedro Epsada: Allegedly steered tax-payer money from a local health care facility into his pocket. Espada maintains he’s innocent.

Hiram Monserrate: Was found guilty of misdemeanor assault related to the night he says he accidentally broke a water glass against his girlfriend’s face. Monserrate has said prosecutors unfairly went after him and ignored his side of the story.

Carl Kruger: Was investigated by federal authorities for allegedly seeking contributions in exchange for favors. The probe reportedly extended to one of Kruger’s aides.

John Sampson: Allegedly passed along sensitive information to one of the Aqueduct bidders. Also, bidders sought to curry favor with Sampson once he took over the Senate leadership from Smith.

Malcolm Smith: Stood to benefit from deals with Aqueduct bidders before he was deposed by Sampson, according to the Inspector General’s report [.pdf].

Eric Adams: Named in the IG’s report, and, to clear his name, has convened a conference call with district leaders and will send a letter to his constituents explaining what he did during the Aqueduct bidding process. He says he did nothing wrong.

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