By RICH CALDER and BRUCE GOLDING
Last Updated: 11:50 AM, March 10, 2011
Posted: 6:36 AM, March 10, 2011
State Sen. Carl Kruger is among wight people slapped today with federal corruption charges for diverting state funds into the pockets of lobbyists and cronies in exchange for $1 million in bribes, authorities said.
Kruger, flanked by his lawyer Ben Brafman, turned himself in to federal authorities at the Jacob K. Javits Federal Building in Manhattan at 8:30 a.m.
Kruger turned himself in with accomplice Michael Turano, who was accompanied by his attorney. Both have been charged with two counts of conspiracy and money laundering.
Asked about the charges against him, Kruger (D-Brooklyn) got teary-eyed and said, “I have no comment.”
In a statement, Brafman said Kruger is “saddened” because he’s “one of the most dedicated public servants for the past 25 years with an impeccable reputation.”
Since 2006, the feds allege that Kruger “received a stream of bribes” totaling $1 million “in exchange for taking official actions on behalf of the bribe payers as opportunities arose,” according to the indictment.
The feds also said Kruger “solicited and received” bribes from Soloman Kalish, who is also named as a defendant, and his company Adex.
Kruger then concealed the money he had gotten by “funneling the payments to shell companies” that had been created by his girlfriend’s son, Michael Turano, the FBI said in court papers based on phone wire taps.
At about 6 a.m. today, Kruger left the Mill Basin home of Brooklyn Community Board 18 District Manager Dorothy Turano, where he regularly spends a lot of time, and her son, Michael, according to residents.
After leaving the house, Kruger walked a few blocks over to a shopping center on Avenue U and was seen huddling outside a shuttered Mill Basin pharmacy for roughly 10 minutes until a black car arrived. Kruger got in and the car sped off.
Last year, Turano told The Post that she was Kruger’s long-time girlfriend.
When approached at the home around 11 p.m. on Wednesday, she claimed he was not there and didn’t know where he was.
Kruger has been under investigation since 2007 by Brooklyn federal prosecutors for allegations he performed official acts in exchange for campaign donations.
Lobbyist Richard Lipsky, who confirmed this morning that he was turning himself over to the feds in connection with Kruger’s charges, said that he didn’t know the details of the allegations against him.
“I don’t know what’s going on, but we’ll find out,” he said outside his Riverside Drive home. “My lawyer would kill me if I said anything more. It’s uncharacteristic of me [to not comment], but that’s the way it is.”
Longtime Assemblyman William Boyland Jr., of the 55th District in Brooklyn, also faces corruption charges. He turned himself in around 10 a.m.
“Everyone knows that Carl has been using his post to take money for years, so this isn’t surprising,” a source told The Post. “What’s more surprising is that it didn’t happen 10 years ago.”
Kruger has one of the Legislature’s largest campaign war chests: $2.6 million as of last July.
Lipsky was fired this week by The Committee to Save New York, a coalition lobbing for Gov. Cuomo’s budget.
Committee spokesman Bill Cunningham said Lipsky was booted “to remove any distraction