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Dottie Turano: I’m not going anywhere

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The district manager of Community Board 18, who for years lived off the largesse of disgraced state Sen. Carl Kruger in a multi-million dollar waterfront home with her two children, says she’s keeping her $100,000-a-year job at CB18 — even as her suitor and co-conspirator son head to prison.

Several members of CB18 are pushing District Manager Dorothy “Dottie” Turano to step down because Kruger, and her son, Dr. Michael Turano will be heading to prison for pocketing nearly $1 million in bribes — but the 22-year manager says she’s not going anywhere.

“I won’t give this up,” said Turano, 73, at last week’s Community Board 18 meeting — her first public appearance since Kruger and her son pleaded guilty. “I love what I do.”

Turano was absent from the December Community Board 18 meeting — which took place a day after Kruger’s blubbering confession at court — avoiding potentially embarrassing questions from reporters and the public. Board Chairman Sol Needle said that Turano was on vacation, but would not say if it had been pre-planned or whether it was hastily planned after Kruger’s guilty plea.

But Turano, who was never criminally charged, but mentioned frequently in the FBI’s criminal complaint against Kruger, was apparently in fine form last week, and was seen laughing and cracking jokes with community board members who gave Turano a bouquet of flowers after Kruger was indicted.

Kruger’s bribery scandal was not mentioned at last Wednesday’s meeting — a surprise since some board members believe that Turano should be held responsible for her role in the scandal.

“Turano’s the angelic front of Carl Kruger — she’s been screwing community board residents and she’s been screwing the city,” said a source with ties to Community Board 18. “Five out of six board members are thinking the exact same thing I am.”

Board member Neal Duncan said that even if Turano hasn’t been charged, she may face ethical violations.

“There are ethical questions that have arisen from her association with Kruger that she should answer,” Duncan said. “It’s the borough president’s responsibility to see if there was any breach in ethics pertaining to her position.”

Yet other board members are backing Turano, no matter what her role in the scandal was.

“Why should she step down? She hasn’t been charged, so she hasn’t done anything wrong,” board member Gardy Brazella said. “All you can do in situations like this is pray for her and hope for the best.”

Turano, who lives in a gaudy, $2 million home the feds say Kruger paid for with his bribe money, has been beside the disgraced legislator as he rose from Community Board 18 to the state senate.

The FBI claims in court papers that Turano got the board to approve developer Aaron Malinsky’s plan to erect a BJ’s supermarket in Canarsie for Kruger. She also maneuvered the board into rejecting a rival development proposal for the same spot.

“Decisions are not made in this community unless they are presented to elected officials,” Turano told the board at the time.

The FBI said Malinsky was bribing Kruger by funneling close to $500,000 of dollars to dummy companies set up by Kruger and Michael Turano — although prosecutors later dropped all criminal charges against Malinsky, because they couldn’t prove the developer knew the money was going to Michael Turano’s company, Olympian Strategic Development, which the feds say Kruger had set up to receive bribes from a select circle of deep-pocketed lobbyists and developers.

Turano may not be facing any criminal charges, but she is going to be punished: investigators may seize Turano’s home, since they say it was paid for with Kruger’s ill gotten gains. If it isn’t seized, the house may have to be sold anyway to pay off the $850,000 in fines and penalties outlined in Kruger’s plea deal.

Reach reporter Colin MIxson at cmixson@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-4514.

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Bob from Gerritsen Beach says:
Ms.Turano has no interest in stepping down is another example of a slap in the face to New York State residents. No sense of shame, no sense of embarrassment because she feels she has no connection to any wrongdoing even though she spent many years as a "companion" to Sen. Kruger.

Again, we need to vote out all incumbents regardless of political affiliation in the upcoming election.

Unless you're happy with the almost doubling of taxes and fees in the last 10 years in NYC.

Unless you're happy with the creation of middle management jobs to political cronies while cutting the budgets of the departments whose employees who actually work at the jobs that keep this city/state functioning properly.
Jan. 24, 2012, 11:35 am
Marilyn from Sheepshd Bay says:
I totally agree with Bob from Gerritsen Beach.
Dorothy Turano should be ashamed of herself. One is known by the company one keeps. But whe won't be keeping company with Carl for a long, long time, hopefully!

Let us see how long she remains in the ugly huge house in Mill Basin, without crooked Democrook Carl there to keep her company. Can she afford it?

Remember, Brooklynites, vote OUT all incumbents, especially Lew Fidler who was endorsed by corrupt Vito Lopez.
Jan. 24, 2012, 7:26 pm
Neil from Sheepsahed Bay says:
Don't think Kruger needs the proceeds from the sale of the house since it's already been reported he used considerable remaining campaign donations to pay for his legal fees. Your reporter should have known that.
Jan. 24, 2012, 7:32 pm
jake from Marine Park says:
The elected officials need to explain why Dorothy Turano has not been removed yet.
Jan. 25, 2012, 12:15 am
Frank from Marine Park says:
Yes. We must find guilt by association. If you are a known associate you must be just as guilty. We don’t need evidence or proof. We need to get rid of juries and go back to lynch mobs. Republicans and the Tea Party have the right idea. Let the aristocrats rule. They already stole everything so there won’t be anything left to steal from the middle class. Enjoy the bike lanes. Peasants ride bicycles. Marie Antoinette where are you when we need you?
Jan. 25, 2012, 11:39 am
George from Mill Basin says:
Honestly, who edits your stories? A puppy? A dolly?

The way this story was weirdly assembled is, at best, confusing and misleading. In your words: Members of CB18 are pushing for Dottie Turano to step down "because Kruger, and her son, Dr. Michael Turano will be heading to prison for pocketing nearly $1 million in bribes."

That makes sense. I cannot think of a better reason for someone to vacate their post. As Frank from Marine Park points out: "If you are a known associate you must be just as guilty. We don’t need evidence or proof." Perhaps I should go to prison too, for knowing someone, who knows someone, who knows someone who knows Senator Kruger.

Whatever happened to personal responsibility? Even if Dottie Turano [allegedly] tried to sway the Board to vote a certain way, that is certainly no crime and, in fact, one might even say that that is part of the role of the District Manager. If members of the Board don't appreciate her support for a particular project, the thinking person (five out of six, apparently) is free to form their own opinion based on an evaluation of the facts presented before them. It seems as though, for some members of CB18 (not all -- certainly not Gardy Brazella), Dottie Turano's most damnable offense and compelling reason to step down from her post is that (to sadly repeat myself) -- according to writer Mixson -- "Kruger, and her son, Dr. Michael Turano will be heading to prison for pocketing nearly $1 million in bribes," and that she "has been beside the disgraced legislator as he rose from Community Board 18 to the state senate."

Lord help us.

Between the writer of this editing-deficient, tabloid-style waste of cyber real estate, the grudging idiocy of the commenters, and the way some members of CB18 are depicted -- as feeble-minded sheeple (which they may very well be, Sol Needle and Gardy Brazella notwithstanding) -- one can only surmise (and hope) that there actually is more intelligent life behind the walls of the Graybar Hotel.
Feb. 5, 2012, 11:21 am
Jessica from Flatlands says:
The district manager serves at the pleasure of the board. Even if Ms. Turano does not want to step down, If 26 of the 50 CB18 board members vote to have her removed she would be forced to leave. At this point, this is an internal matter for board members to consider. I hope they have the courage and strength to vote her out.
March 2, 2012, 11:22 am
ConcernedCitizen from NotFromBrooklyn says:
Its funny how I went to visit a family member at Ft Dix Federal Prison and guess who I saw??? Yeap...little "Dottie" and her MD son visiting the dirt bag Kruger! They chatted and laughed together the entire visit of about six hours. O, by the way, he couldn't keep his hands off her. They should be locked up together!
May 4, 2013, 9:18 am

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