New York State Sen. Carl Kruger, the gay lawmaker who voted against all the pro-gay bills he could get his hands on, sure looks guilty of corruption! After getting hit with charges that he accepted bribes in return for cash deposited into his campaign fund, which he then allegedly used to furnish lavish lifestyles for his boyfriend (the Manhattan gynecologist Michael Turano) and his family, we’re now hearing all the sordid details of how those dollars were spent. Bentleys. Mansions. And free city-wide parking?
The charges say Mr. Kruger, 61, a Democrat, used money from bribes for the mortgage of the waterfront mansion in Mill Basin where the three men live with the brothers’ 73-year-old mother. Then, the charges say, there is the Bentley driven by one of the brothers — bribe money paid for the lease. Also, according to the charges, bribe money went to their credit card bills as well as to mysterious “apparently personal payments.”
But the senator’s efforts on behalf of the brothers, Michael S. Turano, 49, and Gerard I. Turano, 47, who are both gynecologists, went further. City records show that Mr. Kruger used his office to secure them privileges accorded few New Yorkers, privileges that only the police commissioner can bestow. They received New York Police Department dashboard placards that for many years allowed them to park free almost anywhere in the city, as well as Police Department identification cards and even gold and blue enameled badges that identified them as honorary police surgeons.
Those privileges, which were revoked under Mayor Bloomberg’s reign, were bestowed upon Kruger’s in-laws by the Giuliani administration. Who says he hates you gays?
Kruger, the Democrat from Brooklyn, retains his Senate seat while the investigation against him, his boyfriend, and a half dozen others continues, though nobody will play with him.