Kruger sighting! Embattled senator shows up at annual breakfast

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What’s the matter, Carl — no love?

Embattled state Sen. Carl Kruger turned his back — literally — on a Courier-Life reporter on Sunday, and kept a low profile as he crashed the Council of Jewish Organizations of Flatbush’s annual breakfast at Kings Terrace in Midwood.

Event organizers said that Kruger, who was charged earlier this month with taking $1 million in bribes from developers, was not invited to the event — though he was not kicked out.

“We can’t stop him from showing up,” said Rabbi Echezel Pikus, executive director of the Council.

Pikus explained that the networking event is open to anybody, and elected officials often show up to work the room.

“When people are in office, we don’t bar the doors to them,” he said, adding that he is withholding judgment until a jury finds Kruger guilty.

“Obviously people know the story, [but] in American law, someone is innocent until proven guilty,” he said.

Kruger was not among the guests who made an optional donation to COJO, Pikus said.

We spotted Kruger hanging out by the door, shaking only a few hands as many wondered what this political Typhoid Mary was even doing at the major networking event.

“If this was me [charged in such a crime], I wouldn’t get out of bed in the morning,” said Joel Schnur, a lobbyist who was there.

And when a Courier-Life reporter tried to chat him up, the senator turned his back, and a staffer got between the lawmaker and the scribe.

Kruger left after about an hour — well before heavy hitters such as Sen. Charles Schumer and Rep. Anthony Weiner (D–Midwood) arrived. He left even before touching the fish (which was a big, though not prosecutable, error).

Some, of course, said they expected to see Kruger, as he is still the senator, though out on bail.

Updated 5:23 pm, July 9, 2018: Includes more information now about the event and Kruger's non-invitation to it.
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Reasonable discourse

jerry from brighton beach says:
This BUM Senator Carl Kruger has a lot of CHUTZHPAH to attend this breakfast.
He's shamed the office of NYS Senator, he's shamed the entire legislative branch of governement.
Kruger should be censored by his colleagues, not affirmed as a great legislator.
Again what do you expect from a South Crooklyn Elected Official.
March 28, 2011, 5:26 pm
CPA from midwood says:
Senator Pedro Espada's criminal complaint was just updated to include TAX FRAUD CHARGES. BOTH PERSONAL & CORPORATE.

Dollars to donuts Mr. Carl Kruger is going to face the same upcharges on his criminal complaint with his cohort Dr. Michael Turano etc.

Let's see what happens in the next few months.
March 29, 2011, 8:56 am
JOey from Clinton Hills says:
He's gotta eat all he can now before he goes to jail.
March 29, 2011, 9:59 am
Gersh's buddy from Bay Ridge says:
If Ken Brown was still running Courier Life, Kruger would still be a saint in the eyes of the publication.
March 30, 2011, 12:12 am
tom from sheepshead bay says:
Kruger and Kalish look like twins... are they brothers?
April 4, 2011, 2:21 pm
Danny Kriezal from Lower-East Side says:
Kruger is a total BOTTROFF (slang-term for someone who is a real mamzer who cannot be told) as he is not invited to this function. And yes, he is a real chutzpah for showing up acting all casual.
April 13, 2014, 8:21 am

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