Sen. Liz Krueger is moving ahead with the creation of her NBA, or “No Bad Apples”, PAC, scheduling its first fundraiser and hiring a staffer to run the operation.


The Manhattan Democrat, who has long been an outspoken voice for reform, unveiled her new PAC in a City Room report (second item) last week, saying she hoped to raise $300,000 that will be used to assist candidates who embrace a good government platform.

The idea, according to Krueger, is to recruit “progressive” candidates and improve the Democratic ranks as the party prepares to try to win back the majority from the GOP next year.

During a CapTon interview last night, Krueger assured me she doesn’t plan to primary any of her fellow Democrats, with the exception of scandal-scarred Brooklyn Sen. Carl Kruger – if he runs.

(Krueger has a track record here, remember. She endorsed now-Sen. Gustavo Rivera in 2010 against another corruption-tainted Democrat, then-Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada Jr., helping the first-time candidate oust the veteran Bronx senator in a primary).

Krueger has been more than willing to admit that her conference made mistakes during its brief stint in the majority, although she continues to insist the Democrats are better suited to run the chamber than the GOP – if only from an ideological standpoint – in her opinion.

The June 8 fundraiser, which is being held at the Manhattan home of a couple who are well-known Democratic donors/bundlers, has a number of recognizable names on the host committee. Tickets start at $500 and run to $5,000. (Note: At the senator’s request, the ID of the hosts and their address has been blocked).

The senator told me she has also already received sufficient commitments for contributions to feel comfortable hiring the PAC’s first staffer, Brendan Kelly, who is currently was a regional coordinator for the Senate Dems. Kelly worked on Sen. Jose Peralta’s campaign.

UPDATE: Kelly informs me his LinkedIn account was out of date, but that has now been remedied. His most recent gig was managing a congressional campaign in NJ.

The former Queens assemblyman blocked the return of another scandal-scarred lawmaker, Hiram Monserrate, after he was expelled by his colleagues following his conviction on a misdemeanor charge of assaulting his girlfriend.