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Sen. Carl Kruger’s resignation and admission that he took close to $1 million in bribes from deep-pocketed lobbyists and developers leaves a big vacancy in Brooklyn’s political world — and at least three people are angling to step into the democrat’s shoes. Here’s a breakdown of their chances:

Councilman Lew Fidler (D–Marine Park), 2–1:. Fidler’s been quietly eyeing the seat since the feds indicted Kruger in March. He evaded questions about a run on Tuesday, but promised to make his plans known in the near future.

Fidler’s already amassed more than $331,000 for his campaign, according to state Board of Election records. He’s also made an early pitch for the Orthodox vote — buying ads in newspapers last week outlining how much council money he’s earmarked to Jewish organizations over the years.

David Storobin, vice-chairman of the Brooklyn Republican Party, 3–1: A lawyer who’s attacked Kruger’s dealings with Brighton Beach’s Russian community in the past, Storobin is expected to be the GOP candidate for the seat. He hasn’t raised any money, according to the state board of elections, but he hoped to cash in on some of the pro-Republican fervor in the district that helped get Rep. Bob Turner elected to Congress in November.

Igor Oberman, Borough President Markowitz’s liaison to Russian community, 8–1: Oberman was gunning for Kruger in 2010, but dropped out of the race just before the primary election. Since then the Russian-born judge has been beefing up his political credentials by working for Markowitz. But Oberman hasn’t raised any money since his 2010 campaign, according to the state Board of Elections.

Reach reporter Thomas Tracy at or by calling (718) 260-2525.

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Guest from Marine Park says:
Fidler in "Cruddy Carl's seat? I hope Lew first comes clean and returns the $88,500 public funding that he took, which was not needed toward his campaign. Come on, Lew, return the taxpayers' money.
Dec. 21, 2011, 12:04 pm
t from midwood says:
lew wins
Dec. 21, 2011, 4:59 pm
jerry from brighton beach says:
Igor Oberman is just looking to get a job out of this threat to run for Kruger's seat.
He has no B--ls . He droppped out of the race the last time he was running & he got a cushy job with the other BUM BP Markowitz.
It's all phony baloney , just as Mr. Oberman.
Dec. 22, 2011, 2:38 pm
boris from mill basin says:
I'm voting for the Republican candidate.
My Russian neighbors too !
Fidler is much too liberal , in fact he voted in the City Council for the Gay Marriage bill.
This dosen't sit too well in the Jewish Orthodox or Russian communities.
Turner beat Weprin, the same outcome will prevail.
Dec. 22, 2011, 4:53 pm
Susan H. from Marine Park says:
ANYONE but too-liberal Lew Fidler! He goes to all neighborhood meetings but ask him to help you, and he smiles, listens, and does nothing. Republican David Storobin will get my vote--or any Republican, for that matter!
Dec. 23, 2011, 11:51 am
Gatemouth from Carroll Gardens says:
1) The City Council never voted on same sex marriage.

2) Marine Park is not in the senate dsitirct
Dec. 23, 2011, 4:35 pm
Eileen from Marine Park says:
Someone, please tell Gatemouth from Carroll Gardens (comment above) to learn to use google for research.
District 27 includes Marine Park, Flatlands, Gerritsen Beach, Manhattan Beach, Brighton Beach, and Gravesend. Former Democratic Senator Carl Kruger represented District 27.
Also, Gatemouth is correct on noting that the City Council never voted on same sex marriage, BUT ultra-liberal Lew Fidler is totally FOR same sex marriage, and he did vote to raise taxes. On another note, when is he going to return the unneeded $88,500 he accepted when he ran his campaign? Lew is unprincipled, for that money should be returned to taxpayers!
Dec. 24, 2011, 12:11 pm
Gatemouth from Carroll says:
I am a former resident of Sheepshead Bay who prefers looking at an actual map to looking at Google and Wikipedia entires written by people who have never been to the neighborhood.

Please look at the map of the 27th SD on the Board of Election website and then tell me exectly which blocks of Marine Park, if any, are in the 27th SD.

The entirety of Marine PArk as traditionally defined is in Marty Golden's District.
Dec. 25, 2011, 12:32 pm
Susan H. from Marine Park says:
Okay, Gatemouth, you now have the opportunity to "look at an actual map" and two other sources. Check them out, below. Marine Park is divided betw two districts. Oh, my library school training taught me to go beyond Google, and I think Wikipedia is not all factual, so I never use that source. (map)
Dec. 26, 2011, 11:40 am
Gatemouth from Carroll says:
A tiny piece of connective tissue between Quentin and Flatlands, and between Kimball and Flatbush, amounting to virutually nothing is used to connect parts of Kruger's gerrymandered district to each other, but almost all of Marine PArk is represented by Marty Golden.

Now tell me Suzie--do you live in that tiny membrabe, or are you too speaking as an outisder?
Dec. 27, 2011, 11:39 am
Susan from Marine Park says:
Gatemouth, What is a 'membrabe,' and an "outisder'?
You used the phrase ALMOST ALL OF MARINE PARK. I love that word almost. It's like being almost pregnant, almost fat, almost married, almost finished with the test, almost, almost. Gatemouth, District 27 includes SOME of Marine Park, though you stated back on December 23rd, that "Marine Park is not in the senate dsitirct." You're flip-flopping, just like a politician.
P.S.: Use spellcheck
Dec. 27, 2011, 7:41 pm
Gatemouth from Caroll says:
Speaking of acting like a politician, it was YOU who did not answer the question.

Do you actually live in the 27th SD?
Dec. 28, 2011, 8:20 am
Allan W. from Bensonhurst says:
If anything I hope the Big 2 Parties lose their nominations. When is enough going to be enough? I'm sick of politics being all about the money.

I'm not voting period.
Dec. 28, 2011, 4:29 pm
Guest from Old Mill Basin says:
Oh, Allan from Bensonhurst...PLEASE do not say you aren't going to vote. Every vote counts!!!!
Vote for new blood, one who is not liberal. We have enough, nay, too many, long-time politicians who are too comfortable, who 'sleep with' other politicians and together dream up ways to steal from you and me. PLEASE VOTE, Allan.
Remember, all incumbents out.
Look up Lew Fidler's record. He's as liberal as they come, AND he still has not returned the $88,000 campaign money that he was asked to return. That's rightfully taxpayers' cash, because Fidler had no opposition at election time,but Fidler is holding tight. He's a crook!
Dec. 28, 2011, 5:53 pm

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