Kruger Allegations Involve Deal-Making on Several Brooklyn Projects…


    As Atlantic Yards Report first posted about yesterday, the corruption charges against State Senator Carl Kruger “portray a chummy relationship between Kruger and FCR Executive VP Bruce Bender, who not only tried to get money for Atlantic Yards–for the Carlton Avenue Bridge the developer is supposed to fund– but for the Lakeside Center project in Prospect Park. (Bender’s wife is on the Board of Directors of the Prospect Park Alliance and the Benders, like many others, have raised money for Prospect Park.)” The Times’ story on the matter today says the complaint against Kruger alleges he took “at least $1 million in bribes in exchange for help on state matters, including bribes from Richard Lipsky, a lobbyist for Forest City Ratner, and other clients.” An FCR spokesman tells the paper it ended its relationship with Lipsky on Wednesday but that the complaint “does not suggest that Forest City Ratner behaved in any way that’s inappropriate. The Real Deal, finally, has a story about how developer Aaron Malinsky, who is a principal with PA Associates, is accused of improperly funneling money to Kruger: “Prosecutors say that payments from Malinsky affected the outcome of various real estate developments, including what appears to be Canarsie Plaza at 8925 Avenue D in Brooklyn.” PA Associates is the firm that’s been chosen to build a ShopRite at the Navy Yard and is part of the City Point development team.
    Corruption Charges Against Kruger Involve Atlantic Yards [AY Report]
    Developer at Navy Yard Charged in Federal Bribery Case [TRD]
    Developer Among Cast of Characters in Kruger Case [NY Times]

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