Carl Kruger

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    June 24, 2012

    It's the First Anniversary of the Marriage Equality Act Passing and the Weather is Perfect: Happy Pride Sunday!

    One year ago today, we had the chance to travel to Albany for our first and only day of reporting there. As days of political reporting go, it did not disappoint. On arrival, the halls were filled with passionate protesters: those demanding that gay and lesbian people not be allowed to "sully" the ... More >>

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    June 24, 2011

    Gay Marriage In Time For Pride? Not Yet, But Eat Your Veggies

    ​As the Daily Show pointed out last night, the New York State Senate has indeed succeeded in taking on one of the toughest issues of the day: finally settling what the Empire State vegetable ought to be. (Corn.) But though Governor Cuomo just tweeted about some real progress -- the long-awaite ... More >>

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    June 24, 2011

    BREAKING: Gay Marriage Equality Passes in New York State

    NO ONE!Who do we have to blow for gay marriage? NO ONE!To chants of "USA! USA! USA!" the galley of the Senate exploded after the Senate passed the Marriage Equality Act this evening, by a vote of to 33 to 29. The bill passed after the Senate previously passed a religious exemption amendment (which h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2011

    Carl Kruger, Two Other Dems Now Reportedly Support Gay Marriage

    Three more votes have reportedly been secured for gay marriage legislation working its way through the New York Senate, including Brooklyn Democrat Carl Kruger, who was formerly staunchly anti-gay but was recently outed. Three Democratic senators who voted "no" last time — Joseph Addabbo Jr. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2011

    Finally, a List of Who You Have to Blow in the New York State Senate to Get Gay Marriage

    Paul Schindler of Gay City News has put together a great scorecard of how everyone stands on gay marriage in the state Senate, which is where the issue will be decided. Senator Tom Duane's bill needs 32 votes. Currently, 26 Democrats and zero Republicans publicly support it. Those Log Cabin Republ ... More >>

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    April 21, 2011

    Who Do We Have To Blow To Get Gay Marriage? The 2011 Version

    ​AFTER THE JUMP: An update on the growing coalition behind marriage equality. Just who do marriage equality activists have to blow to get gay marriage in New York State? In the fall of 2009, when we asked that question, the obvious answer was the state Senate Democrats. A marriage equality ... More >>

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    March 16, 2011

    Corrupt Carl Kruger's Crony Michael Levitis to Star in Brighton Beach Version of Jersey Shore

    Michael and Marina Levitis​We warned last year that Jersey Shore could be coming to Brooklyn's Brighton Beach, with Russian-Americans instead of Italian-Americans, but now the plot has become juicier. Michael Levitis, a confessed criminal, but also a lawyer and the owner of a nightclub called ... More >>

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    March 10, 2011

    State Senator Carl Kruger Finally Hit With Corruption and Bribery Charges

    ​State Senator Carl Kruger (D-Brooklyn) and Assemblyman William Boyland turned themselves into police this morning in order to face longstanding allegations of a bribery conspiracy. As the Village Voice's Tom Robbins wrote back in the summer of 2010, Kruger "has been relentlessly soaking [Sout ... More >>

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    December 28, 2010

    Give Them a Shovel: Morning-After Pols Throwing Snow Balls

    AP​Disasters always have to be someone else's fault, so we are a city of finger-pointers this morning. We have hapless Brooklyn state senator Carl Kruger, who only tried to shut down state government last year, being quoted on national radio complaining about the unplowed streets of his Mill B ... More >>

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    November 23, 2010

    City May Relocate Ruby's Bar and Grill to Surf Avenue

    Ruby's Bar and Grill​In the latest chapter of the sorry saga unfolding on what remains of Coney Island, the Post reports that the city is considering moving the so-called Coney 8 -- eight longtime boardwalk businesses that include Ruby's Bar and Grill -- one block away from the boardwalk, to S ... More >>

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    July 7, 2010

    This Week in the Voice: Summer of Whippets

    ​It may not be the summer of love (in fact, we're pretty sure it isn't), but that doesn't mean that you can't spend the next two months "jamming to the familiar hiss of hippie crack." In this week's cover story, John H. Tucker goes inside the Nitrous Mafia, a surprisingly organized group made ... More >>

  • Columns

    July 6, 2010

    Carl Kruger's Russian Secrets

    State senator's big stash attracts the FBI

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    June 28, 2010

    Carl Kruger's Mighty Campaign Warchest Draws FBI Attention

    ​Just in time for the state budget showdown, the FBI is again poking around in the affairs of state senators. The latest probes are encouragingly bi-partisan, which is the best way to do corruption probing. There is one for a Democrat -- state senator Carl Kruger of Brooklyn, whose dealings wi ... More >>

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    April 10, 2010

    Carl Kruger Supports Gay Rights After Death

    ​It turns out Carl Kruger, one of the few Democrats in the State Senate to vote against same-sex marriage (and the only one from Brooklyn) is willing to have the state extend the legal rights married couples enjoy to same-sex partnerships after all. Unfortunately, one of the partners has to di ... More >>

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    January 6, 2010

    Activists Claim Paul Lynde, Hoop Dancer Prove Carl Kruger is Gay

    ​The thought never crossed our minds, but apparently after the gay marriage vote in Albany last month, a couple of gay activists displeased with state senator Carl Kruger's vote started heckling Kruger and suggesting the senator is gay. GaySocialites insinuatingly called Kruger an "unmarried o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2009

    State Senate Votes Down Gay Marriage Bill, 38-24

    ​The New York Senate voted down the Marriage Equality Bill, on a roll call vote of 24 to 38. The vote was taken after two hours of debate, ending with an impassioned plea by Senator Duane, during which time sniffling and crying could clearly be heard in the Senate gallery. The roll call vot ... More >>

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    December 2, 2009

    This Is, Apparently, Who We Have To Blow

    ​ ...or rather, blow away, in the next election. Ladies and gentlemen, the 'No' votes...

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    November 20, 2009

    Cheek, In Review: 7 Days of Runnin' Scared

    ​ Kristen Stewart, New Moon premiere. Twitpic via KriisStewart_. Our Man of the Week is Rudolph Giuliani. He started off with confused but belligerent comments about the KSM trial, making him look like a candidate for something. Then word leaked that he would not run for Governor, then that ... More >>

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    November 17, 2009

    Albany Special Sessions Grow Increasingly Less Special

    ​We know this stretches the definition of news, but the Albany special sessions haven't accomplished much in the way of deficit reduction. Sheldon Silver informs us the hard-working assembly has been churning out bills, including one inspired by the sad case of Leandra Rosado that will make it ... More >>

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    November 16, 2009

    Poor Dave: Here Comes Carl Kruger Again

    Senator Fireplug​Just when you thought you could never feel sorry for David Paterson again, along comes kooky Carl Kruger, the comic book hero of the Democratic state senate. The fire-plug shaped Brooklyn legislator has launched himself as a one-man band fighting Paterson's proposed budget cut ... More >>

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    June 9, 2009

    Coup Update: Weird Scenes Outside the Senate Chamber

    The defenestrated Dems of Albany are fighting back against the Skelos-Espada-Golisano coup -- not in the state senate chamber, which remains locked and where they were pretty useless anyhow, but with picket signs and press conferences. The Albany Times-Union reports protesters outside new senate pr ... More >>

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    April 16, 2009

    Tolls Coming Back to MTA Rescue?

    Back in February it looked like bridge tolls were going to save us from the MTA Doomsday budget. But in March the tolls were tabled, and the MTA started lining up a crappier subway with $2.50 fares. But hark! What do we hear from Albany? They're talking about tolls again. Some modifications are bei ... More >>

  • Columns

    April 1, 2009

    Vanguard of the Senate Revolution

    When no one else will, Kruger and Espada battle on behalf of the people

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    April 1, 2009

    This Week in the Voice

    Remember the epidemic years of AIDS, when infected New Yorkers fought to get into untested drug trials? People fought to get infected babies into those trials, too. Some of them, because of the nature of the trials, were given placebo drugs. Some made it, some didn't. Not much has been written about ... More >>

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    March 4, 2009

    Silver: Bridge Tolls Off, For Now

    The Queens Gazette was wondering whether Sheldon Silver had the votes to push bridge tolls through the assembly. Now it looks as if he doesn't: thanks in part to outer-borough opposition, Silver is backing off, says PolitickerNY. It's not that the assembly speaker doesn't necessarily have the votes, ... More >>

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    January 9, 2009

    Espada, Hailed as "Mi Hermano" by Malcolm Smith, Swears Into Senate

    Homophobe Ruben Diaz, l., gives gavel to Pedro Espada. Photos by John DeSio. Fresh from their behind-closed-doors victory over Malcolm Smith and the new Democratic majority in the State Senate, the so-called "Gang of Three" held what amounted to a victory party last night in the concert hall of Leh ... More >>

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    January 7, 2009

    Habemus Corruptio! Senates Dems' Deal Settled

    We know we've said this before, but it looks as if, on the morning of the actual vote, the Democrats of the state senate have pulled together a deal that will get everyone, including the rebellious Gang of Three, on board for Malcolm Smith to be elected to majority leader. The New York Times break ... More >>

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    December 30, 2008

    Albany! LL Cool J Endorses Smith, Diaz Fights "Homosexual Marriage"

    Say, aren't our elected representatives supposed to go to Albany and get sworn in on January 1? And isn't the fate of the elected Democratic majority -- the state's first since the Ice Age -- still unsettled? Would-be Majority Leader Malcolm Smith's biggest achievement recently was to pick up the en ... More >>

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    December 17, 2008
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    December 12, 2008

    Memo Allegedly Details Espada & Co.'s Power, Payoff Demands

    The Times has a copy of a memo that allegedly details the Gang of Three state senators' demands of Malcolm Smith, back when they were forging the deal that was supposed to cement the Democratic majority and which collapsed this week. Though the negotiations were necessarily unofficial, the memo is s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2008

    Diaz "Sanctified" Now-Dead Senate Deal with Prayer

    Apparently the "handshake deal" between Malcolm Smith and the three Democratic state senate dissidents -- which is now in collapse -- also involved Jesus. Gang leader Carl Kruger tells the Albany Times Union that the agreement "was sanctified by a prayer with Senator Diaz," the anti-gay bigot of the ... More >>

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    December 10, 2008

    State Senate Deal Collapsing: Espada, Maybe Smith Out?

    Get this -- Pedro Espada, who was recently elevated from ethics punchline to incoming state senate majority leader, now says he's backing out of the deal. He told the Times he's "tremendously dismayed and disappointed that the office of the majority leader has been gutted and reduced to a sad joke o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2008

    Pedro Espada's 'Clerical Error'

    Hats off to new state senate majority leader Pedro Espada Jr.! The newly elected Bronx state senator not only beat the Senate Dems at their own game by winning election against a long-term Democratic incumbent (OK, the guy was under indictment at the time), he's now humbled Malcolm Smith, the senato ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2008

    Dems Deal -- Espada to Majority Leader?

    After weeks of holding out, it looks as if the "Gang of Three" -- renegade State Senate Dems Carl Kruger, Pedro Espada, and Ruben Diaz -- have cut a deal with Malcolm Smith to unify the Democrats into a working majority when the Legislature convenes in January. But what is the deal? A couple of sour ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2008

    Diaz Splits, and Now It's a "Gang of 2" in State Senate (Updated)

    The Examiner says that State Senator Ruben Diaz Sr. has pledged his support to Malcolm Smith as Majority Leader*. Following the defection of Hiram Monserrate, this would leave Carl Kruger and the obstreperous Pedro Espada as the lone holdouts among the four Democratic Senators who've been bucking th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2008

    4 State Senate Dems Continue to Defy Leadership

    As mentioned yesterday, four of the next session's Democratic State Senators from the city skipped the Democrats' Wednesday caucus that was to shore up support for presumed Majority Leader Malcolm Smith. Pedro Espada Jr., Ruben Diaz Sr., Hiram Monserrate, and Carl Kruger met instead with Governor Pa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2008

    GOP-Friendly Dem Senators Muscle Their Albany Colleagues

    The Times points out that among the Democrats' new State Senate majority are four Senators who may not support Malcolm Smith for Senate majority leader. These include Runnin' Scared subjects Pedro Espada, who in his previous Senate tenure caucused with the GOP, and Ruben Diaz Sr, who has threatened ... More >>

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    April 22, 2008
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    April 8, 2008

    Living the Political Life Fantastic

    Surf, turf, and doughnuts: A state senator dines out on his campaign war chest

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    March 17, 2008
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    October 12, 2005

    Brooklyn Court Insurgent Wins Round as Foes Rally

    A judge yesterday upheld the election of avowed reformer Margarita Lopez-Torres who won the race for the highly-prized Surrogate's Court judgeship in Brooklyn last month by a slim 120-vote margin. Queens Supreme Court Justice Leslie Leach ordered the Board of Elections to certify Lopez-Torres' elect ... More >>

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    June 21, 2005

    Girl Fight

    Students say a Marine Park brawl was kid stuff. Prosecutors are calling it race rage.

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    May 3, 2005
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    September 30, 2003
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    May 6, 2003
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    November 19, 2002
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    September 3, 2002

    Senate for Sale

    GOP Uses Public Pots of Gold to Entice Converts

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    April 13, 1999

    Paying Disorders

    Insurers Shortchange Bulimics and Anorexics

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