BK state Sen. Kruger pleads not guilty to bribery

(AP) - A New York state senator has pleaded not guiltyto charges alleging he took $1 million in bribes in a federalinfluence-peddling case.Democratic Sen. Carl

NEW YORK - (AP) - A New York state senator has pleaded not guiltyto charges alleging he took $1 million in bribes in a federalinfluence-peddling case.

Democratic Sen. Carl Kruger of Brooklyn entered the pleaTuesday. The hearing came days after prosecutors boosted chargesagainst him, adding bribery.

Outside court in Manhattan, Kruger's lawyer Benjamin Brafmansaid his client "never accepted bribes from anyone for any matterand he never abused his office in any way whatsoever."

In court, Brafman said a substantial number of 30,000 callsintercepted by the FBI during the investigation involved his clienteither directly or indirectly.

Kruger was the powerful Senate Finance Committee chairman from2008 to 2010 when Democrats controlled the Senate. Prosecutors sayhe unfairly helped a developer, a lobbyist and two hospitalexecutives.

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