Albany, NY — March 9, 2011 — State Senator Carl Kruger>>>, one of the most powerful lawmakers in Albany, is expected to surrender to federal authorities tomorrow, Thursday, March 10, 2011, on alleged charges of bribery charges, sources advised the Yonkers Tribune / The Westchester Guardian.
Several Senate Democrats were told by their leadership that Kruger would be surrendering to the U.S. Attorney in Manhattan.
Kruger was in Albany for the legislative session today, Wednesday, march 9, 2011, but his staffers said he was not privy to any further developments. All day, Kruger was seen buzzing about the Legislative Chambers continuously pacing the hallways.
Kruger's lawyer, Ben Brafman, had no comment Wednesday but said he may speak on Thursday.
One source said the charges would include allegations that Kruger used his influence in the Senate to push for approval of a merger involving the now defunct Parkway Hospital in Queens County, NY.
The merger surfaced in charges filed against late Assemblyman Anthony Seminerio who pleaded guilty to corruption charges.
Prior to the Democrats losing control of the Senate, Kruger was chairman of the powerful Finance Committee. He' is presently its ranking minority member. Also awaiting federal trial is formally deposed Senator Pedro Espada, Jr.
As of the last campaign filing, Kruger has $1.8 million in his campaign account.
The sudden news of Kruger's arrest is another crippling blow to Senate Democrats who have been trying to change their image by focusing on ethics and redistricting.
Sources also confirm that federal authorities are widening a probe on additional lawmakers and staff.
This story is developing.