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Joseph Bruno

Joseph Bruno
Sen. Joseph L. Bruno Spouse Children Residence Alma mater Barbara Frasier (deceased) Joseph, Susan, Kenneth, and Catherine Brunswick, New York Skidmore College

Member of the New York Senate from the 41st district In office 1977 – 1982 Preceded by Succeeded by Douglas Hudson Jay Rolison

Member of the New York Senate from the 43rd district In office 1983 – July 18, 2008 Preceded by Succeeded by Ronald Stafford Roy McDonald

Joseph L. Bruno (born April 8, 1929) is an American businessman and Republican politician. He was the Temporary President of the New York State Senate and its majority leader. On June 23, 2008, Bruno announced that he would not seek reelection to the State Senate in 2008. On June 24, 2008, Bruno stepped down from the positions of Senate Majority Leader and "temporary president of the senate", but remained a State Senator. On July 18, 2008, Bruno resigned from the New York State Senate. Under the New York State Constitution, the "temporary president of the senate" performs the duties of the lieutenant governor when that office is vacant, or its office-holder is out of state.[1] He represented the 43rd New York State Senate District. On January 23, 2009, Bruno was indicted on eight counts of corruption, including mail and wire fraud.[2]

Acting Lieutenant Governor of New York In office March 17, 2008 – June 24, 2008 Preceded by Succeeded by David Paterson Dean Skelos

Personal life
Bruno was born in Glens Falls, New York, and graduated from St. Mary’s Academy. He has a B.A. degree in Business Administration from Skidmore College and served in the Korean War as an infantry Sergeant. Bruno served as president of the New York State Jaycees and in 1964 was named by them as one of the five "Outstanding Young Men of the State."[3] Bruno and his wife Barbara Frasier (deceased) are parents of four children: Joseph, Susan, Kenneth and Catherine. Senator Bruno lives in Brunswick in Rensselaer County, New York. There is at least one building named for Bruno in each of the fourteen towns and two cities that comprise Rensselaer County, New York. In addition, the Tri-City ValleyCats -- a

Majority Leader of the New York State Senate In office January, 1995 – June 24, 2008 Preceded by Succeeded by Born Nationality Political party Ralph J. Marino Dean Skelos April 8, 1929 (1929-04-08) Glens Falls, New York American Republican


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short-season minor-league affiliate of the Houston Astros -- play in Joseph L. Bruno Stadium situated on the Troy-North Greenbush border.

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A minor league baseball stadium in Troy, New York, the Joseph L. Bruno Stadium, is named after the Senator. Bruno has dominated politics in the County, as well as the state, experiencing only two major defeats; when Democratic Judge Patrick McGrath won re-election as County Court Judge by 69 percent in 2003, and when East Greenbush Town Justice Bob Jacon defeated District Attorney Patricia DeAngelis for an additional County Judgeship that was created by the State Senate specifically for DeAngelis in 2005. In February 2005, Bruno stated that America, instead of battling insurgents in Iraq, should declare victory and "get the troops out of there."[4]

Political career
Bruno was first elected to the New York State Senate in 1976 from a district composed of the counties of Rensselaer and Saratoga. He was first elected Temporary President of the New York State Senate in January 1995 and was re-elected to that position in 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003 and 2005. In 1966, Bruno was on the campaign staff of Governor Nelson Rockefeller, and from 1969 to 1974 he served as Special Assistant to Speaker of the Assembly Perry B. Duryea. From 1968 to 1969, he was President of the New York State Association of Young Republicans. He also served as Chairman of the Rensselaer County Republican Committee from 1974 to 1977. Bruno, along with Governor George Pataki and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, was instrumental in returning the death penalty to New York State in 1995. The New York Court of Appeals (the highest state court in New York) later found the law to be unconstitutional because it gave jurors deadlocked between life without parole and execution no choice but to give eligibility for parole after 25 years; the Court of Appeals feared that jurors faced with this choice would unfairly lean toward a death sentence. In the 10 years after the law was passed, New York’s crime rate plummeted without ever seeing an execution, perhaps weakening public support for the death penalty. Silver let the law die in 2005 without much debate.[1] According to an editorial in The Buffalo News, Bruno forced a bill through the Senate on June 27, 1995 that would have forced girls under 16 to get consent from both parents for an abortion. The bill never passed the New York State Assembly.[2] In 2005, Bruno proposed research into high speed rail development in New York State as part of a plan to boost Upstate New York’s economy.[3] As the Temporary President of the Senate, Bruno was Chairman of the Rules Committee and an ex officio member of all Senate standing committees and statutory commissions.

2007-2008 legislative session
At the start of the 2007-2008 session, it appeared the highly popular incoming Governor Eliot Spitzer would be able to enact an ambitious reform agenda over the opposition of a weakened Bruno. However, the 2007 state budget was deemed by many as similar to the budgets approved during the Pataki years, which some dubbed a victory for Bruno. Entering 2007, Bruno’s hold on Senate control appeared more tenuous than in prior years, as the Republicans lost the seat formerly held by Nicholas Spano, failed to regain a Republican-leaning seat in Syracuse and—with a caucus diminished to 33 members—had to defend the open seat of Michael Balboni in Nassau County; the latter seat was lost to Democrat Craig Johnson, Nassau County Legislator in a February 6, 2007 special election.[5] The electoral reverses and the ongoing FBI investigation led some Republicans to suggest Bruno might step down as Majority Leader.[6] There were also rumors some Republican senators might cross the aisle to throw control of the Senate to the Democrats.[5] In April 2007, Bruno also appeared to hold veto power over two other Spitzer initiatives: gay marriage[7] and campaign finance reform[8]. Bruno challenged Spitzer to restore the state’s death penalty law.[9] Bruno also criticized the Governor’s plan to issue driver licenses to illegal immigrants, claiming it was aimed at stuffing the ballot box with Democratic voters.[10] Bruno’s position became more tenuous in February 2008 after the special election loss


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of the heavily Republican 48th District in Watertown, which had formerly been held by Sen. James W. Wright. This loss diminished the Republican Senate majority to a single seat, and press speculation centered on whether the remaining GOP senate caucus would cause Bruno to step down.[11]

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Spitzer’s office released only Bruno’s itinerary.[21] The Spitzer administration and the State Police provided far more details about Bruno than about other officials to the TimesUnion, including records to reply to a request under the state’s Freedom of Information laws, though no such request had even been made.[22] The report noted that the state acted outside the laws in what it released, such as documents that resembled official state travel records, “which they were not" according to Ellen Nachtigall Biben, a former prosecutor in the Manhattan District Attorney’s office, who contributed to the report.[21] The report stated that the Times-Union request came after the story about Bruno’s travels was published, and was "not consistent" with Spitzer administration claims that all it did was respond to a FOIA request.[23] No other officials were subject to the same scrutiny as Bruno, and in some cases, the reports created by State Police were pieced together long after the trips, sometimes based on the memory of the police escorts involved.[24] The report cleared Bruno of any legal violations in his use of the state’s air fleet.[13][25][26][27] Spitzer also used the state aircraft during the first six months of his term as governor for political purposes, including a stop in Rochester to attend an event for the Monroe County Democratic Committee on a day in which he had a number of stops related to public business.[24] The report criticized Spitzer’s office for using State Police resources to gather information about Bruno’s travel and releasing the information to the media.[26] Spitzer responded at a July 23 press conference that "As governor, I am accountable for what goes on in the executive branch and I accept responsibility for the actions of my office"[12] and that his administration had "grossly mishandled"[12] the situation.[27] Spitzer issued an apology to Bruno and stated that "I apologized to Senator Bruno and I did so personally this morning."[12] However, Spitzer’s apology did not end the dispute. Four probes by the state Attorney General’s office, the State Senate Investigations Committee, the Albany County District Attorney’s office, and the New York Commission on Public Integrity (the state ethics board), are ongoing. On March 29, 2008, the The Buffalo News reported "former Gov. Eliot L. Spitzer lied to prosecutors" about his role in Troopergate,

Police surveillance controversy
On July 23, 2007, New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo admonished Governor Eliot Spitzer’s administration for ordering the State Police to track Bruno’s travel records, particularly his use of a state helicopter.[12] At the direction of top officials of the Spitzer administration, the New York State Police created documents meant to cause political damage to Bruno.[13] The governor’s staff had stated they were responding to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA or FOIL) request from The Times-Union of Albany in late June.[12][14] On May 23, Spitzer’s Communications Director Darren Dopp wrote Rich Baum, a senior Spitzer adviser, that "records exist going way back"[15] about Bruno’s use of state aircraft, and that "Also, I think there is a new and different way to proceed re media. Will explain tomorrow."[14] Dopp later wrote another e-mail to Baum after a story ran in the Times-Union about a federal grand jury investigation of Bruno’s investments in thoroughbred racing horses, and wrote: "Think travel story would fit nicely in the mix."[14][15] A 57-page report issued by the Attorney General’s office[16] concluded that Spitzer aides attempted to create negative media coverage concerning Bruno’s travel before any FOIA request was made.[17] The investigation looked into both Bruno’s travel and the senate leader’s allegation that Spitzer used State Police to spy on him.[18] Cuomo concluded that "These e-mails show that persons in the governor’s office did not merely produce records under a FOIL request, but were instead engaged in planning and producing media coverage concerning Senator Bruno’s travel on state aircraft before any FOIL request was made."[15][19] It noted that the Times-Union’s initial FOIL request didn’t even ask for the records involving Bruno that the paper was later given by aides to Spitzer.[20] The Times-Union’s requests sought documents on use of state aircraft by seven officials, including Spitzer, Bruno and Lieutenant Governor David Paterson, yet


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but "the Albany County district attorney said he will not pursue any criminal charges against the already disgraced ex-governor."[28]

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cooperate with Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver on budgets deemed to be excessive, over endorsements Bruno received from state employee labor unions, including health care union Local 1199, and over Bruno’s recruitment of former Democrats to run as Republicans for swing Senate districts in Syracuse and the Bronx.[39][40] In December 2006, Bruno disclosed that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had been looking into business associates of Bruno’s who had received state grants.[41] The FBI investigation appeared to lead Bruno to end one of his long-time consulting jobs in 2007.[42]

Performing Lieutenant Governor’s duties
As the Senate’s majority leader, Joseph Bruno was next in line to obtain the powers and duties, but not the office, of Governor of New York. Following Eliot Spitzer’s resignation on March 17, 2008, Bruno, as "temporary president of the senate", commenced performing "all the duties of lieutenant-governor" in accordance with the New York State Constitution.[1][29] The last person, before Bruno, to perform the Lieutenant Governor’s duties without being the Lieutenant Governor was Republican Senate Majority Leader and Temporary President Warren M. Anderson, who did so from February 1985 to December 1986, following the resignation of Lieutenant Governor Alfred DelBello.

2009 Indictment
On January 23, 2009, Bruno was indicted on eight counts of corruption, including mail and wire fraud. The indictment accuses Bruno of defrauding New Yorkers from 1993 to 2006. During that period of time, Bruno allegedly used his powerful position to help entities with business before the state that in return paid him $3.2 million in private consulting fees.[43]

On June 23, 2008, Bruno confirmed that he would not seek re-election in the fall of 2008.[30] On June 24, 2008, Bruno stepped down as "temporary president of the senate" and as Senate Majority Leader.[31] On July 18, 2008, Bruno resigned his New York State Senate seat.[32] On November 4, 2008, he was replaced by his "hand-picked" successor, Roy McDonald, in the general election.[33]

[1] ^ Constitution of the State of New York, Article IV, Section 6, Paragraph 4. "In case of vacancy in the office of lieutenant-governor alone, or if the lieutenant-governor shall be impeached, absent from the state or otherwise unable to discharge the duties of office, the temporary president of the senate shall perform all the duties of lieutenantgovernor during such vacancy or inability." Alternate link: Constitution of the State of New York. [2] http://capitalnews9.com/content/politics/ 132266/bruno-indicted-on-corruptioncharges/Default.aspx [3] NNDB entry: Joesph Bruno [4] Bruno: ’Get the Troops Out of There’, The New York Sun, February 3, 2006. Retrieved on 2008-03-17. [5] ^ Elizabeth Benjamin (February 7, 2007). "Spitzer’s Senate choice wins". Times Union. http://timesunion.com/ AspStories/ storyprint.asp?StoryID=560993. Retrieved on 2008-03-18.

During the budget process in 1995, Bruno, who was new to the Majority Leader role at the time, made a comment about Blacks and Hispanics who "got their hands out" pressuring the legislature to avoid cuts to social services.[34] [35] According to the Syracuse PostStandard, "Bruno said he was referring to the Black and Puerto Rican Caucus, which is a major force in the Democratic majority in the Assembly."[36] Bruno’s defense was that he was referring to political caucuses, not all blacks and Hispanics; he offered a blanket apology for offending some people, but refused to take his words back.[37] Fiscal conservative pundits originally were very supportive of Bruno’s agenda in the State Senate.[38] In later years, they expressed concern over Bruno’s willingness to


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[6] Danny Hakim and Mike McIntire news.cfm?newsid=18619713&BRD=1170&PAG=461 (December 22, 2006). "More Records Not available, 2008-03-17. Subpoenaed in Bruno Case". The New [15] ^ Michael Gormley (July 24, 2007). York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/ "Spitzer aides linked to Bruno leaks". 2006/12/22/nyregion/22bruno.html. Oneida Dispatch. Retrieved on 2008-03-17. "On the http://www.oneidadispatch.com/site/ political front, Senator John Bonacic... news.cfm?newsid=18620173&BRD=1709&PAG=461 became the first Republican to call Retrieved on 2008-03-17. openly for Mr. Bruno to step down as [16] http://www.newsday.com/news/local/ majority leader, a rare act of defiance wire/newyork/ny-bc-ny--brunoflightsamong Senate Republicans." exce0723jul23,0,3604652.story [7] Nicholas Confessore (May 2, 2007). [17] Tom Precious (July 23, 2007). "Cuomo "Bruno Opposes Bill to Legalize Gay criticizes Spitzer for using State Police to Marriage". The New York Times. monitor Bruno". The Buffalo News. http://www.nytimes.com/2007/05/02/ http://www.buffalonews.com/home/story/ nyregion/02bruno.html. Retrieved on 125390.html. Not available, 2008-03-17. 2008-03-18. [18] Michael Gormley (July 23, 2007). [8] Kenneth Lovett (April 25, 2007). "Bruno "Report: NY Governor’s Office Leaked vs. Ri¢hie $ptiz". New York Post. Data". Guardian Unlimited. http://www.nypost.com/seven/04252007/ http://www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/ news/regionalnews/ story/0,-6800103,00.html. Not available, bruno_vs__ri_hie_pitz_regionalnews_kenneth_lovett__post_correspondent.htm. 2008-03-17. Retrieved on 2008-03-18. [19] Anthony Faiola (July 25, 2007). "N.Y. [9] Azi Paybarah (April 25, 2007). "On Death Governor Moves to Limit Ethics Penalty, Bruno and Spitzer Versus Scandal". The Washington Post: p. A06. Assembly". The New York Observer. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/ http://www.observer.com/2007/spitzercontent/article/2007/07/24/ albany-and-death-penalty. Retrieved on AR2007072401999.html. Retrieved on 2008-03-18. 2008-03-17. [10] Kenneth Lovett (September 26, 2007). [20] Fredric U. Dicker (July 24, 2007). "Bruno Warns of Illegal Vote Drive". New "Spitzer Aides Dirty: Cuomo". New York York Post. http://www.nypost.com/seven/ Post. http://www.nypost.com/seven/ 09262007/news/regionalnews/ 07242007/news/regionalnews/ bruno_warns_of_illegal_vote_dr.htm. spitzer_aides_dirty__cuomo_regionalnews_fredric_u__ Retrieved on 2008-03-18. Retrieved on 2008-03-17. [11] Irene Jay Liu (February 27, 2008). [21] ^ Tom Precious (July 24, 2007). "Spitzer "Senate loss slams state GOP". Times aides faulted for smearing Bruno over Union. http://timesunion.com/AspStories/ use of state aircraft". The Buffalo News. storyprint.asp?StoryID=667122. http://www.buffalonews.com/home/story/ Retrieved on 2008-03-18. 125834.html. Not available, 2008-03-17. [12] ^ Danny Hakim (July 23, 2007). [22] Fred Lebrun (July 24, 2007). "Exhaustive "Spitzer’s Staff Misused Police, Report effort to ’get Joe’ boomerangs on Finds". The New York Times. Spitzer’s aides". Times Union. http://www.nytimes.com/2007/07/23/ http://www.timesunion.com/aspstories/ nyregion/23cnd-spitzer.html. Retrieved storyprint.asp?StoryID=608526. on 2008-03-17. Retrieved on 2008-03-17. [13] ^ Cara Matthews (July 23, 2007). [23] Sara Kugler (July 24, 2007). "Spitzer "Cuomo: Spitzer aides used state police sanctions top aides over scandal". Jordan to try to damage Bruno". The Ithaca Falls News. Journal. Archived from the original on http://www.localnewswatch.com/ 2008-03-17. http://m.lohud.com/ jordanfalls/stories/ detail.jsp?key=62289&full=1. index.php?action=fullnews&id=136679. [14] ^ Michael Gormley (July 24, 2007). Not available, 2008-03-17. "Spitzer aides blamed for leak". Troy [24] ^ James M. Odato (July 24, 2007). Record. http://www.troyrecord.com/site/ "Spitzer aides on the outs". Times Union. http://timesunion.com/AspStories/


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story.asp?storyID=608513&category=FRONTPG&BCCode=HOME&newsdate=7/ gst/ 24/2007. Not available, 2008-03-17. fullpage.html?res=990CE3DA103EF933A25757C0A9 [25] Melissa Mansfield (July 23, 2007). Retrieved on 2008-03-18. "Spitzer punishes aides after AG report". [36] SyracusePostStandard-Bruno-Assailed Newsday. http://www.newsday.com/ [37] AlbanyTimesUnion-Sharpton-to-Bruno news/local/newyork/am[38] Steven Malanga (Spring 2001). "New spitzer0724,0,243893.story. Not York’s Republican Crack-Up". City available, 2008-03-17. Journal (Manhattan Institute). [26] ^ Jacob Gershman (July 24, 2007). http://www.city-journal.org/html/ "Spitzer Faces Probe in Senate". The 11_2_new_yorks_rep.html. Retrieved on New York Sun. http://www.nysun.com/ 2008-03-18. article/58958. Retrieved on 2008-03-17. [39] Elizabeth Benjamin (November 22, [27] ^ Sally Goldenberg (July 23, 2007). 2006). "Mystery Candidate Revealed". "Report: Governor’s office compiled, Capitol Confidential (Times Union). leaked data on Bruno". Staten Island http://blogs.timesunion.com/capitol/ Advance. http://blog.silive.com/ ?p=2834. Retrieved on 2008-03-18. advanceupdate/2007/07/ [40] Jonathan P. Hicks (July 17, 2004). report_governors_office_compil.html. "Conservative Party Refuses To Endorse Retrieved on 2008-03-17. Senate Leader". [28] The March 29, 2008 Buffalo News article http://query.nytimes.com/gst/ [29] "Paterson’s move to governor elevates fullpage.html?res=9501E7DF123AF934A25754C0A9 Bruno". Staten Island Live (Associated Retrieved on 2008-03-18. Press). March 12, 2008. [41] Michael Cooper and Danny Hakim http://www.silive.com/newsflash/ (December 20, 2006). "Bruno Is Subject index.ssf?/base/news-24/ of Inquiry by F.B.I.". The New York 1205353168168390.xml&storylist=simetro. Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2006/12/ Retrieved on 2008-03-13. 20/nyregion/20bruno.html. Retrieved on [30] Gormley, Michael (2008-06-23). "NY 2008-03-18. Senate leader Joseph Bruno won’t run [42] James M. Odato (December 22, 2007). again". Newsday (Associated Press). "Bruno cuts ties to firm". Times Union. http://www.newsday.com/news/local/ http://timesunion.com/AspStories/ wire/newyork/ny-bc-ny-storyprint.asp?StoryID=649518. brunofuture0623jun23,0,1960648.story. Retrieved on 2008-03-18. [31] Eltman, Frank (2008-06-24). "New [43] Tom Caprood (January 24, 2009). "Feds majority leader a skilled, savvy indict Bruno on corruption matter". The politician". Newsday (Associated Press). Saratogian. http://www.saratogian.com/ http://www.newsday.com/news/local/ articles/2009/01/24/news/ wire/newyork/ny-bc-ny-xgr-doc497a932a63802177832145.txt. skelosprofile0624jun24,0,5762765.story. Retrieved on 2009-01-27. [32] N.Y. Senate Leader Bruno To Resign Seat [33] Kenneth C. Crowe II, "McDonald tops Russo in 43rd Senate race: Incumbents Farley, Seward, Breslin also lead in their Senate races," Times Union, found at TimesUnion website. Retrieved November 6, 2008. [34] James Dao (April 8, 1995). "Governor Criticizes A Chief Ally". The New York Times. http://query.nytimes.com/gst/ fullpage.html?res=990CE7DD1039F93BA35757C0A963958260&n. Retrieved on 2008-03-18. [35] Kevin Sack (April 10, 1995). "Budget Battle Heats Up in Albany as Legislative Leaders Trade Harsh Words". The New York Times. http://query.nytimes.com/

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Political offices Preceded by Douglas Hudson Preceded by Ronald Stafford Preceded by Ralph J. Marino Preceded by David Paterson

Joseph Bruno

New York State Senate, 41st Dis- Succeeded by Jay Rolison trict 1977 - 1982 New York State Senate, 43rd Dis- Succeeded by Roy McDonald trict 1983 - 2008 Majority Leader of the New York State Senate 1994 - 2008 Succeeded by Dean Skelos

Lieutenant Governor of New York Succeeded by Dean Skelos Acting 2008 Acting

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