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!
Here’s a little something for you long-time Sheepshead Bites readers:
You haven’t heard from us shopping carts for a while, but we’re still here, being used and abused, abandoned and tossed out. I promise you, I have all of my four wheels intact. But, why these heartless cleanup guys decided to throw me in the trash, I really don’t know.
As for my friend – sure, she’s not a supermarket cart like me, but she’s still a cart. Plus, she used to be bright red, but due to years of sitting out in the harsh elements, she’s a pretty pink. I can’t tell you if she still has all of her casters, but there is no way that you can come out to rescue me and leave my best friend in this dumpster.
Please, my Sheepshead Bay neighbors, if any of you are into some serious dumpster diving, please come and rescue us. We’re about to get dragged away and taken to some dump, somewhere. HEEELP!!
Though the incident is still under investigation, police believe the victim was a man who had gone for a late-night, alcohol-induced swim with a friend, according to the Daily News. Authorities found two duffel bags and a bottle of Jack Daniels in the sand when they arrived at the scene.
A search party began combing the waters for a second body, as police believed the friend also drowned. However, they later identified him and found him at home. The friend said that he had left the victim at the beach – alive – and returned home because he felt ill.
The body was discovered around 6:40 a.m., when a passerby saw it floating near West 19th Street.
This is just one of the many photos sent to Sheepshead Bites of cars with stolen tires. It was taken on February 20 by Sergey K. on Shore Parkway, a roadway frequently targeted by wheel/rim thieves.
Local car-owners feeling threatened by ongoing vandalism in the area, fear no more. Deputy Inspector Georgios Mastrokostas of the 61st Precinct recently launched a “Midnight Conditions Team” to catch criminals who steal or vandalize autos under the cover of darkness in the Sheepshead Bay area.
With “Dine in Brooklyn” 2011, locals have a longer list of Southern Brooklyn restaurants to check out than in previous years, and we’re getting hungry just thinking about what’s available.
Sure, we previously whined about what appeared to be neglect on the borough president’s part towards Brooklyn’s lower half, but this year he did it right: the list includes 14 restaurants from Sheepshead Bay and the surrounding neighborhoods, a major improvement. And we are drooling in anticipation of getting in on the deal at some of our favorite restaurants for the event, which runs from March 21 to 31.
And what’s included in that deal? Dine in Brooklyn, currently in its eighth year and with more than 200 restaurants participating, serves up three-course dinner menus for just $25, three-course lunches for $20.11 (get it, for the year 2011?) and even some “two for the price of one” deals at select restaurants.