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April 10, 2008

State Senator Carl Kruger and his campaign war chest

Atlantic Yards Report

This week, The Village Voice examines State Senator Carl Kruger's political machine, which is well fed by a $1.6 million campaign war chest, even though Republicans no longer bother to run against him.

Why do Atlantic Yards critics care? Norman Oder explains:

Let's remember some other elements of Kruger's record: he's a supporter of Atlantic Yards and the $6 billion lie; he received $4000 from Bruce Ratner's brother and sister-in-law; and, though a Democrat, he campaigned for Republican Martin Golden in return for new district boundaries that protected his seat, as recounted by Seymour Lachman in Three Men in a Room.

And, less we forget, Kruger has emerged as a dubious player in the debate over Coney Island, using that considerable campaign war chest to gin up public opposition to the city plan and support for Joe Sitt.

Remember, as the Observer's Matthew Schuerman reported 5/31/06, Kruger and fellow Atlantic Yards-loving South Brooklyn politicians come out of the Thomas Jefferson Democratic Club, which also produced Ratner aide Bruce Bender.


Posted by lumi at April 10, 2008 5:36 AM