In the past week the New York Post has reported separately on two anti-gay New York state senators who are under investigations for corruption.
State Sen. Carl Kruger (D-Brooklyn), according to the 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 largess 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 non-profits that have soaked taxpayers for more than $400,000.
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.