More details on the investigation into the disgraced and formerly closeted anti-gay New York State Sen. Carl Kruger, who was outed in a federal corruption probe announced two weeks ago. Video and audio surveillance show Kruger accepted more than $1 million in bribes which his live-in boyfriend helped launder, federal authorities say.
Kruger and gynecologist Michael S. Turano lived with his Turano's mother and brother in a "garish, multimillion-dollar" Brooklyn waterfront mansion. Bribe money was used to pay the mortgage, lease a Bentley luxury sedan, pay credit-card bills and much more, reports the New York Times.
City records show that Mr. Kruger used his office to secure them privileges accorded few New Yorkers, privileges that only the police commissioner can bestow. They received New York Police Department dashboard placards that for many years allowed them to park free almost anywhere in the city, as well as Police Department identification cards and even gold and blue enameled badges that identified them as honorary police surgeons. ...
The records - correspondence among city officials - show that the Turanos were granted the title after Mr. Kruger lobbied senior officials in the Giuliani administration on their behalf. Michael Turano was appointed in 1995 and his brother five years later.
Michael S. Turano was also charged in the criminal indictment filed earlier this month. Gerard Turano was not charged.
The disgraced Brooklyn politician was one of eight shameful anti-gay New York Senate Democrats who voted against marriage equality when it was defeated 38-24 in December 2009. Kruger has long been rumored to be a closet case. After the December 2009 vote, gay activists picketed Kruger's home, claiming "he only voted against same-sex marriage to shield his own homosexuality."
New York State Sen. Shirley Huntley became the second anti-gay Senate Democrat targeted this month by a corruption probe. The Queens politician who famously boasted she "wouldn't take a million dollars" to vote for marriage equality is accused of directing much less than that—some $400,000—to non-profits controlled by her family.
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