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Election to replace Kruger set for March 20

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It’s on!

The special election to replace disgraced state Sen. Carl Kruger will be held on March 20 — an election that’s expected to pit Councilman Lew Fidler (D–Marine Park) against Brighton Beach lawyer David Storobin.

Gov. Cuomo announced the date for the special election yesterday. There will be no time for a primary election, so the candidates will be selected by Brooklyn Democratic Party boss Vito Lopez (D–Bushwick) and Brooklyn Republican Party Chairman Craig Eaton.

Party leaders have until Jan. 19 to announce their candidates for the swath of real estate from Brighton Beach to Bergen Beach.

Political insiders say that Fidler, who has been eyeing Kruger’s seat since the embattled senator was indicted on corruption charges, has already secured Lopez’s support and has more than $331,000 squirreled away for his campaign.

Fidler seems to have all of his ducks in a row, but he’s not quacking about his bid. Hours after the special election was scheduled, Fidler still evaded questions about his run, claiming that he wanted to “respect the process.”

Storobin, the vice-chairman of the Brooklyn Republican party who’s attacked Kruger’s dealings with Brighton Beach’s Russian community, hasn’t raised any money, according to the state board of elections, but sources say he hopes to cash in on some of the pro-Republican fervor in the district that helped get Rep. Bob Turner elected to Congress in November.

Kruger resigned from office just before Christmas — hours before he pleaded guilty to pocketing nearly $1 million in bribes from deep pocketed lobbyists and developers.

Reach reporter Thomas Tracy at ttracy@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-2525.

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Herman from Marine Park says:
Looting Lew Fidler is a thief who hasn't returned $88,550 of campaign money he didn't need, back in 2009. That's squandering tax money like there is no end to it while so many of Marine Park constituents, and many others, are unemployed or trying to survive on Social Security or other miniscule stipends. Give back the money, Fidler! Or hang your self-indulgent, minnow-minded head in shame and crawl into a hole, out of the public's sights.
Jan. 10, 2012, 4:20 pm

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