In the past week the NY Post has reported separately on two New York state senators who are under investigations for corruption.
State Sen. Carl Kruger, according to the New York Post, traded political favors for more than $1 million in bribes over the last five years — which his live-in boyfriend helped launder.
Kruger and his secret longtime companion, Manhattan gynecologist Michael Turano, were among eight men arrested in a sweeping government “pay-to-play” corruption scandal.
The charges include allegations that Kruger received bribes and other largesse to help two competing health-care companies buy hospitals, and direct state funds to those firms.
Kruger’s constant companion, Turano, is accused of using bribe money he deposited in two shell companies for Kruger to pay the lease on a Bentley luxury sedan, credit-card bills and the mortgage on the garish, multimillion-dollar Mill Basin home where the two men for years have shacked up with Turano’s mom and brother, authorities and neighbors said.
Separately, the state Attorney General’s Office is investigating state Sen. Shirley Huntley and her ties to nonprofits that have soaked taxpayers for more than $400,000, the NY Post has learned. News of the probe comes a week after The Post revealed the Queens Democrat tried to funnel $155,000 to her Parent Workshop nonprofit and as new questions emerge about the shady group.
Both Senators Kruger and Huntley were among the turncoat “group of 8” Democrats who helped kill the marriage equality bill in NY state legislation in 2009.