Disgraced Brooklyn lawmaker Carl Kruger’s application for his state-funded pension was processed today, leading state comptroller Tom DiNapoli to call for stricter measures of who is and who isn’t entitled to a state-funded salary in retirement.
“Former Senator Kruger’s actions were a breach of the public’s trust, but the State Constitution prevents the forfeiture of his pension,” Mr. DiNapoli said. “My bill would ensure that those public officials who engage in corrupt practices and wrongdoing will suffer a cost to themselves and their families if they abuse their position for personal gain. Public confidence in government has been bruised and battered. This bill will be a strong step toward rebuilding trust.”
The bill submitted by the comptroller would impose a penalty up to twice the amount that a public official benefitted from the commission of a crime committed in the course of his public duty. A bill passed last session would prevent any future lawmakers guilty of abuse of the public trust from receiving a pension, but Mr. DiNapoli’s bill would apply to those in public office. Public officials would be forced to pay a penalty up to twice the amount they benefitted from the commission of the crime.
Mr. Kruger admitted to stealing over $1 million in a pay-to-play bribery scheme. He is still entitled to an annual pension however of close to $70,000.
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