Remember the day after the December 26 blizzard? Remember how many streets were left neglected and unplowed and how hard it would have been to have an EMT or fire truck or anything else come to the rescue?
The dust hasn’t come close to settling and reporters are already guessing at who might take State Senator Carl Kruger’s place if he resigns. The New York Observer is saying that City Councilman Lew Fidler is a likely choice, as is Brooklyn Borough President Community Liaison Igor Oberman, and Russian-American defense attorney David Storobin is saying he’s shooting for a spot on the Republican ticket.
Welcome back to The Bite, Sheepshead Bites’ weekly column where we explore the foodstuffs of Sheepshead Bay. Each week we’ll check out a different offering from one of the many restaurants, delis, food carts, bakeries, butchers, fish mongers, or grocers in our neighborhood. If it’s edible, we’ll take a bite.
It’s the tenth edition of The Bite and I thought I’d head over to a long-time neighborhood institution, Jordan’s Lobster Dock and “sea” how they’re “faring.” Get it? Sea? Faring? I crack myself up.
Jordan’s has been serving quality seafood since 1938, and serves everything seafood from chowders and bisque to fried seafood to seafood based pastas. And, of course, they offer the wonderful, fresh steamed lobsters that made them famous at arguably the best prices in the borough.
But what about their menu for the seafood-phobic amongst us? They serve, chicken, burgers and steaks, but one offering caught my eye; Buffalo wings.
Everyone knows you can get a great lobster at Jordan’s. But the question is, “Can you get great Buffalo Wings?”
Freshman Bronx state Sen. Gustavo Rivera – who ran on an anti-corruption platform when he defeated scandal-scarred Sen. Pedro Espada, Jr. last year – has become the first legislator to announce he’s returning giving away donations from just-indicted Brooklyn Sen. Carl Kruger.
“Sen. Rivera is returning $2,500 that was given to him by Sen. Kruger,” Rivera Communications Director Conchita Cruz told the Daily News. “These accusations cut at the very heart of what New Yorkers hate about Albany — backroom deals, pay-to-play and corruption scandals,” she said.
State Senator Carl Kruger was a Democratic Party heavyweight who political observers say doled out money and influence. He contributed to a number of political campaigns and, allegedly, pulled strings behind the scenes to prevent challengers to his own seat, and to install preferred candidates in other positions.
Will it end at Rivera? Or will those who’ve benefited from Kruger’s alleged corruption also dump the money?
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UPDATED (2:42 p.m.):
More from the Daily News:
The Democratic Senate Campaign Committee says it won’t give back money it received from Kruger, partly because the money’s already been spent (and, we might note, because they’re already in debt and there’s not much to pay it back with.)
NYPIRG’s Bill Mahoney doped up a spreadsheet of Kruger spending, and Blain counts $475,000 to the DSCC over the past five years. Overall, his campaign shelled out $886,500 in contributions to various groups and candidates during that period.
According to Mahoney, state Sens. Mike Gianaris (the new head of the DSCC, incidentally) and Liz Krueger (who will reportedly replace Kruger as minority ranker on Finance) are the only Senate Democrats who have NOT received any dough from him.
Update: Members of the Senate Independent Democratic Conference say that like Rivera, they will donate any contributions they received from Kruger to charity.
The caucus members — Sens. Jeffrey Klein, Diane Savino, David Valesky, and David Carlucci — received a combined $8,000 from Kruger in the last election cycle.
Bloggers over at the Albany Times Union thought Governor Andrew Cuomo should take more of a common man approach in his reaction to the Kruger news – “calling a Red Room press conference, then walking out and wordlessly throwing up his arms in a ‘See? See?’ gesture and then walking back out again” – but, the governor instead opted for a more conventional approach: a press release.
“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. During the campaign, I made a commitment that we would either pass real ethics reform with real disclosure and real enforcement or I would form a Moreland Commission on public integrity. New Yorkers deserve a clean and transparent government comprised of officials who work for the people, not for the special interests and certainly not for their own corrupt self-interests. Today, I reaffirm my commitment to clean up Albany and state clearly that either ethics legislation will be passed or I will form a Moreland Commission by the end of this legislative session.”
Below is the 53-page criminal complaint against State Senator Carl Kruger and seven other defendants, including other politicians and lobbyists.
Kruger surrendered to federal authorities this morning to face charges that he took a stream of bribes totaling at least $1 million in return for official actions between 2006 and February 2011. The complaint also alleges that he directed hundreds of thousands of dollars of taxpayer dollars to clients of lobbyist Richard Lipsky, who paid him kickbacks.
More news has emerged regarding the double stabbing that occurred at 1111 Sheepshead Bay Road on Monday night.
Police sources told Sheepshead Bites that the violence began as an argument over money. When the victims refused to pay up, the suspect spun out of control and stabbed both of them – one in the stomach and the other in the eye. Both are in stable condition.
The injured men are cooperating and have given police the identity of the suspect. As of last night, no arrest had been made, but authorities said they expect to make a collar soon.
State Senator Carl Kruger is the most prominent name on a list of political and public leaders to be indicted tomorrow morning on federal corruption charges, according to reports.
The state senator is expected to face charges related to a corruption investigation previously unknown to the public.
That means these new charges are completely unrelated to the existing FBI probe that involved Rasputin nightclub owner Michael Levitis. That probe, dating back to 2007, explored an alleged influence peddling scheme in which Levitis was recorded telling another restaurateur that the state senator would help him with state matters if he held a fundraiser and turned over thousands of dollars for the politician’s campaign. Levitis pleaded guilty to lying to investigators last week, and Kruger’s representatives told Courier-Life that it was evidence his hands were clean.
Not much is known about the current charges and a press conference is expected to be held by federal prosecutors tomorrow. An anonymous source told the Daily News that the charges may include allegations that Kruger used his influence in the Senate to push for approval of a merger of a now-defunct Queens hospital.
State Senator Kruger has been a longtime power-broker in his district, wrangling political support – and, more frequently, silence – by being a patron to many organizations through discretionary funding, grants and other means of financial disbursement for the programs of community groups, religious organizations and civic associations across the neighborhood. Regardless of the extent of the charges, the neighborhood is sure to be rattled by a potential loosened grasp for a political player that brought hundreds of thousands of dollars into the community.
Reader Rita M. tipped us off to a new business opening in the neighborhood to be called Rotisserie Heaven. The rotisserie chicken joint will be located at 377 Avenue X, replacing Ciro’s Pizza. According to Rita, “Ave X seems to be the new hip area accompanied by Downhouse, Draft Barn and all these new cafe’s opening up!”
Looks like we’ll have to take a stroll down there when the weather picks up!