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Brooklyn State Sen. Carl Kruger Surrenders To FBI

ALBANY, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — In a case that’s become all too familiar, two elected officials in New York are accused of using their office for personal gain.

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kruger Brooklyn State Sen. Carl Kruger Surrenders To FBI

Alleged corruption scheme (Photo/Stan Brooks)

A criminal complaint issued Thursday names Sen. Carl Kruger and Assemblyman William Boyland Jr., both Brooklyn Democrats.

Charges in the complaint include conspiracy and money laundering. The complaint alleges that Kruger “received a stream of bribes totaling at least $1 million” and pushed legislation benefiting a health care network. It says he directed state money to lobbyist Richard Lipsky, who also is charged.

“Every single time we arrest a state senator or assemblyman it should be a jarring wake up call, instead it seems that no matter how many times the alarm goes off Albany just hits the snooze button,” U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said. “When prosecutors charges politicians it should not feel like a scene from Groundhog Day and yet it does.”

Kruger’s attorney had no immediate comment. Boyland did not immediately return a request for comment left with his staff.

A senator since 1994, Kruger was the powerful Senate Finance Committee chairman from 2008 to 2010 when Democrats controlled the Senate.

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Boyland, whose father and uncle preceded him in the Assembly, has no active campaign finance records, according to the state Board of Elections database. Boyland’s 2010 re-election campaign apparently hasn’t filed its disclosures of contributors and spending, according to the database.

“Today’s arrests again spotlight the failings of New York state government and highlight the urgent need for the Legislature to pass comprehensive ethics reform — now,” said Gov. Andrew Cuomo, whose top policy goal is a tougher ethics law.

The Senate Democratic and Republican conferences declined comment.

Lipsky, a Manhattan-based lobbyist, didn’t immediately return a request for comment left on his voicemail.

Lipsky & Associates has been listed among the top 10 biggest lobbyists, according to city lobbying records. His clients have included the Small Business Congress and similar groups that fought so-called big box chain stores trying to locate in New York City. Other big clients have included an alliance of small grocery stores that had successfully fought for tougher penalties for selling tobacco to minors.

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  • tom

    The embarrassment they have caused there families. especially Kalish!

  • Clay Aiken

    He’s a rump wrangler. Me likey.

  • ThrowtheBumsout

    Hey, They forgot to arrest Dominic Recchia and Marty Golden. More rotten apples from the area

  • Stuart H. Tresser

    I often wonder about Carl Kruger? I have seen him stuffing himself at some fine eateries, and just getting fatter and gaining more weight. How many hundred dollar bills can fit into his wallet without bursting? I am sure the facts will come out in court, and the FBI usually does a wonderful investigation, complete, and will eventually result in his losing weiht in his wallet and on his body! Politicians are corrupt legalized gangsters. Personally, I probably do much better with a loan from a wiseguy. Like they say he is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. If he is found guilty some of that loot from bribes should be used to pay the state back for his incarceration (jail). Why should taxpayers pay? They are the victims!

  • the bandid

    i”ll by the rope and do the hanging for free, those lousy bastards

  • Me

    i know where Kruger lives. I know the house. He’s got a gorgeous waterfront mansion. The mansion was built for the mafia but they were eventually arrested and are currently serving life in prison so Kruger bought the property. Once you see the house you’d think “what the hell is that” it looks really strange but it’s gorgeous. He drives around in a black cadillac deville too.

  • Lieutenantdan

    Now they should look into the family court system.

  • SMK

    While you are rotting in prison, Kruger,I will send you an IPod so you can blast it in your ears. You won’t be able to hear whose coming. Remember, look in both directions before crossing. Guilty as charged before trial, as my son was accused of causing his death because of wearing his Ipod. Where is Marcia Kramer now???

  • Concerned Citizen

    END THE FED. The Federal Reserve Bank is not Federal and has no reserves.

    It is the epitome of all lobbying and corruption and sets an example for illegal governmental financial activities.

    Ron Paul for President 2012

    BTW watch how CBS takes this off the site in a little while

  • legohead

    Off with his head!

  • Gregg

    Just another day in the life of politics ,where money ,contributions and lobbying is just the way it’s done !

  • Rich

    Take care and take that ridiculous bill with you on banning talking on the phone while crossing the street

  • Rich

    He’s my state senator. , always sends flyers on how wonderful he is.
    After he goes to prison if convicted, he will change his opinion opposing gay marriage.

  • Mike Rotch


    • me

      Wow i never typed Guilty i wrote something completely different. I guess yahoo didn’t want to post it so they decided to make up that i typed the word “guilty” even though i did no such thing.

  • jerseyjoey

    Systems Normal

  • Pest

    Figues. They’re all corrupt. Trust me on that. If they’re not caught it’s because they’re part of some GDAM fraternal order of something. Occultist devil worshipers. They should all be hung by the citizens on this country.

    • NY joe

      You’ll never know how accurate you are in your perception.

      The Money Changers are Adam Weishaupt, The Illuminatti, !!

      Check out google “the fall of the republic”

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