The way developer Harshad Patel recalls it, Brooklyn Sen. Carl Kruger offered to help him get a zoning change to turn his Sheepshead Bay hot-sheet hotel into apartments.
But it would cost him.
Patel, 58, told the Daily News that Kruger instructed him to write checks to Olympian Strategic Development, a company controlled by Kruger's "intimate associate," Michael Turano.
Each month for nine months in 2007, Patel said, he paid Olympian $3,000, hoping Kruger could win approval to transform his Golden Gate Motor Inn into four apartment buildings.
In the end, he said, nothing came of the zoning change, despite Kruger's involvement, and he sold the hotel.
"I wasted a lot of time and money on that," he said.
Patel is part of a growing parade of locals the FBI believes bribed Kruger to win his political largesse, newly released court papers show.
And the city is doing business with this individual because?