NY state pols charged in influence-peddling case

March 11, 2011

By TOM HAYS, Bloomberg News

A state senator, an assemblyman and a well-known lobbyist are among eight people charged in a federal influence-peddling case.

A criminal complaint issued Thursday names Sen. Carl Kruger and Assemblyman William Boyland Jr., both Brooklyn Democrats.

Charges in the complaint include conspiracy and money laundering. The complaint alleges that Kruger “received a stream of bribes totaling at least $1 million” and pushed legislation benefiting a health care network. It says he directed state money to lobbyist Richard Lipsky, who also is charged.

Kruger’s attorney had no immediate comment. Boyland did not immediately return a request for comment left with his staff.

A senator since 1994, Kruger was the powerful Senate Finance Committee chairman from 2008 to 2010 when Democrats controlled the Senate.

Boyland, whose father and uncle preceded him in the Assembly, has no active campaign finance records, according to the state Board of Elections database. Boyland’s 2010 re-election campaign apparently hasn’t filed its disclosures of contributors and spending, according to the database.

“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,” said Gov. Andrew Cuomo, whose top policy goal is a tougher ethics law.

The Senate Democratic and Republican conferences declined comment.

Lipsky, a Manhattan-based lobbyist, didn’t immediately return a request for comment left on his voicemail.

To read more, visit: http://www.businessweek.com/ap/financialnews/D9LSI0280.htm


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