Weepy Kruger resigns, admits taking $1 million in bribes

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Blubbering former state Sen. Carl Kruger tearfully pleaded guilty to federal corruption charges at a Manhattan courthouse on Tuesday, ending nine months of speculation over whether the disgraced pol had accepted nearly $1 million in bribes.

The normally brash Southern Brooklyn Democratic power broker, who professed his innocence for nearly a year, agreed to pay back $450,000 of his ill-gotten gains as part of the plea deal hammered out with federal prosecutors. He faces up to 50 years in prison, and will be sentenced on April 26 alongside his roommate and reputed lover Michael Turano, who pleaded guilty to one count of bribery conspiracy. Turano is facing five years in prison.

Charges of money-laundering against both men were dropped under their plea deals.

Kruger, once one of the most powerful lawmakers in Albany, tearfully admitted to peddling his influence to developers in exchange for up to $1 million in bribes, from 2007 to February of this year.

“I apologize if I’m a little emotional right now,” he told Judge Jed Rakoff, his voice trembling. “I accept responsibility for my actions and am truly sorry for conduct.”

Kruger and his attorney Benjamin Brafman refused to take questions from reporters, but read a statement outside Manhattan Federal Court.

“By accepting responsibility for his conduct, Senator Kruger has confirmed his respect for the integrity of the judicial process,” said Brafman. “Mr. Kruger has honestly served during a lifetime of public and community service, which although obviously flawed, is still nevertheless on balance, quite extraordin­ary.”

The feds begged to differ.

“Senator Kruger monetized his public office and served himself,” said US Attorney Preet Bharara. “The people of New York expect, deserve and demand honesty and integrity from their public servants.”

Prosecutors said that Kruger used his dirty money to finance a lavish lifestyle that included a super luxury English-made Bentley automobile and the garish seaside mansion on Mill Island that he shared with Turano’s family, including Dorothy Turano, Michael’s mother who is the district manager of Community Board 18.

The case against Kruger unfolded a web of deceit and lies in March, when federal prosecutors charged him with using his office as a personal piggy bank for lobbyists in exchange for his help on legislative matters.

Federal prosecutors said that lobbyists paid Kruger close to $1 million to:

• Delay the expansion of a bill that included a five-cent deposit on bottled water.

• Alter the Alcoholic Beverage Control Law so grocery stores could begin selling wine with expanded hours.

• Fight Walmart and other big-box stores from setting up shop in Brooklyn.

• Go to war with American Indian reservations to collect state sales taxes on cigarettes.

Earlier in the day, Kruger submitted a terse resignation from his senate post prior to his meeting with the judge.

Under current law, Kruger, a 16-year veteran of the Senate, will be eligible for his state pension.

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Tired of Crooked Politicos from Brooklyn says:
Wah, I took the money. Wah, I enjoyed the power and prestige of being a crooked politician. Wah, I enjoyed the perks and lifestyle because I committed crimes. C'mon, if you can't do the time (and handle the punishment), then don't do the crime!
Dec. 21, 2011, 4:59 am
al pankin from madison says:
too bad it took so long to get rid of the bum..he was scum...remember the tres amigos? one more to go.
Dec. 21, 2011, 5:51 am
Dave from Park Slope says:
From the big house in Mill Basin to the real big house. Enjoy, Carl. Couldn't happen to nicer guy.
Dec. 21, 2011, 9:30 am
jerry from coney island says:
Now that the Feds did a great job on Kruger , it's about time they went after the other South Brooklyn Elected officials.
Just to name a few, Councilman Domenic Recchia, Councilman Mike Nelson, & Asseblyman Brook-Krasny. They have alot of skeletons in their closet, too ! Remember the SLUSH FUND SCANDAL ?
These guys are great friends of Kruger. in fact they will proboably write to judge & tell him how great Kruger was to his constituents & ask for mercy for this crook.
Judge , my advice is throw the book at him. He betrayed the trust of the citizens of NYC & NYS.
Case close.
Dec. 21, 2011, 10:54 am
sal from sheepshead bay says:
Wasn't Councilman Mike Nelson Chief of Staff for former State Senator Carl "Crud" Kruger?
Carl must have taught Mike everything he knows.
Dec. 21, 2011, 11:45 am
Judahspechal from Bed-Stuy says:
Another pimp bites the dust! (repeat). Line 'em up. Prior to goin to the big house to comfort Bubba. These pimps should be made to walk thru their District with this sign around their necks
"Kick Me" " I'm a corrupted Politican"
Dec. 21, 2011, 12:28 pm
Fuzzbee from Prospect height says:
what is he a jerk!!/?
Dec. 21, 2011, 12:34 pm
Cholly Haha from Downtown says:
One step closer to Silver Bloomberg and Schumer...
Dec. 21, 2011, 1:03 pm
Red Pill from Portland, OR says:
Kruger faces 25 years in jail for granting political favors in return for monetary gain. Why aren't Bush and Cheney in jail for granting political favors (starting at least one unnecessary war --the pinata --and handing out trillions in military contracts like candy)? The quid pro quo in that case was, of course, lavish campaign contributions (among other monetary influence). The scale of the Bush/Cheney corruption is enormously greater, but they go free; partly because the Supreme Court has made such political bribery 'legal' and because Senate Democrats and President Obama are too cowardly to pursue justice against these traitors.
Dec. 21, 2011, 1:07 pm
prison from time says:
time to go to prison. But, because crook kruger is a bad apple, does not say that his workers are bad.
Dec. 21, 2011, 2:35 pm
Mike from Bay Ridge says:
I heard on 1010 Wins that Kruger will waive his right to appeal as long as the judge doesn't sentence him to more than 11 years and 3 months in prison. How nice of him! Sentence him to the max and let him spend his ill gotten gains paying never ending legal bills!
Dec. 21, 2011, 3:51 pm
Fuzzbee from Prospect height says:
the law officers should PUT HIM INTO THE JAILTIME SENTENCE !!!!!! i don't care what yuou think of that!!!!
Dec. 21, 2011, 4:08 pm
pension from paid says:
kruger is collecting tax payers salary and pension. also tax payers are paying for his medical and benefits.
Dec. 21, 2011, 5:01 pm
JudahSpechal from BedStuy says:
Why not make it that if convicted of corruption The Pimps lose pension & benefit
Dec. 21, 2011, 6:11 pm
Glenn Nocera from Kensington says:

The Brooklyn Young Republican Club is committed to ensuring that the people of the 27th State Senate district receive an honest and effective Senator to represent them in Albany.We believe the good people of this district deserve to be proud of their Senator again. We will be working tirelessly on making sure that person be a honest Republican, with values that reflect this great district. Far to long Brooklyn has endured the corruption from Vito Lopez's Democrat machine. We will work with anyone who is willing to ensure that the 27th State Senate district and for that matter Brooklyn is finally done with the boss Tweed style of government, that the Democrat party has been fostering for years under the leadership of Boss Lopez.The Brooklyn Young Republican Club which was founded on the principles of ridding government of corruption over 131 years ago, stands strongly committed in making sure this goal becomes a reality.
Glenn P. Nocera President of the Brooklyn Young Republican Club. Going Strong Since 1880.
Dec. 22, 2011, 5:56 am
bengee from coney says:
Another dirt bag bites the dust.Bye
Dec. 22, 2011, 12:07 pm
LOLcat from Park Slope says:
@ Glenn Nocera

you should probably not call yourselves republicans if you want to be associated with honesty and effectiveness.
Dec. 22, 2011, 5:36 pm

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