Thursday, April 26, 2012
By Stephen Nessen : Reporter, WNYC News
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.
Monday, January 16, 2012
By Annmarie Fertoli : Associate Producer at WNYC
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.
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.
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.
Wednesday, January 04, 2012
Richard Lipsky pled guilty Wednesday to two counts of bribing former New York State Senator Carl Kruger.
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.
Thursday, December 22, 2011
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.
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
By Bob Hennelly
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.
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
By Bob Hennelly
An emotional state Senator Carl Kruger pleaded guilty to four federal corruption charges in Manhattan federal court on Tuesday.
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.
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.
Friday, June 24, 2011
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.
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.
Thursday, March 10, 2011
By Ailsa Chang
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."
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.
Tuesday, December 07, 2010
By Azi Paybarah
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:
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.
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.