Former Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno will be sentenced Thursday afternoon on federal theft of honest services charges, ending the saga of his retirement and trial. NEWS10 takes an in-depth look at what brought Bruno to this point.More >>
The former Senate Majority Leader had been staring at prison after being convicted on two counts under the so-called "honest services" statute of federal law. But the Supremes ruled that the "honest services" statute applies only to bribery and kickbacks and not, as in Bruno's case, to hidden conflicts of interest.More >>
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A benefit for Joe Bruno caused some controversy Tuesday night as friends of the former State Senator held a private fundraiser for his legal defense fund. Close to two dozen demonstrators lined the entrance to The Desmond hotel in Colonie with mops and brooms, saying it's time to clean up Albany.More >>
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A federal jury finds former New York Senate leader Joseph Bruno guilty on two counts of corruption and not guilty on five others after a landmark trial that exposed Albany's practice of influence peddling by lawmakers.More >>
Joe Bruno's long life and career began not far from the State Capitol he served in for so long.
He was born in Glens Falls to a paper mill worker and grew up in a six room apartment. Bruno became a boxer to ward off bullies and fell in love with his wife, Barbara when they were just teenagers.
They married and had four children.
His life took him to Rensselaer County after he got a business degree from Skidmore and served in the Korean War.
In Rensselaer county he was elected to the State Senate in 1976. In 1995, upon the election of George Pataki, Bruno became the Majority Leader with the Governor's blessing.
His crowning achievement is perhaps his greatest honor, UAlbany's Center of Excellence in Nanoelectronics.
Bruno also secured funding for countless projects, including the Albany International Airport, the Rensselaer train station, and the rehabilitation job at SPAC.
He is also credited with rescuing the City of Troy and its school district from economic ruin.
With Governor Pataki, Bruno provided more than $1 billion in taxpayer incentives to lure Advanced Micro Devices to the Luther Forest Technology Campus, the project now run by GlobalFoundries.
Bruno's troubles began when Governor Eliot Spitzer took office. Proving to be his biggest political rival, Spitzer used the State Police to reconstruct Bruno's travel records in what would become known as "Troopergate".
Bruno got the last laugh when Spitzer got caught in a prostitution ring and Bruno's Democratic friend David Paterson took office. But by then a federal grand jury had begun to investigate Bruno's business dealings - something he announced himself.
"I am guilty of nothing," he told the press at the time, "so why would it impact my ability to do anything?"
Joe Bruno's life was in for some dramatic changes then.
His wife died in January, 2008, after 57 years of marriage.
Then in June 2008, after 32 years in office, Bruno announced he would not seek reelection to the State Senate. After the announcement, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver said an era ends with Joe Bruno leaving.
Shortly after his retirement Bruno was indicted on federal corruption charges and convicted in December 2009.
A judge will now decide one of the final chapters of Bruno's life when he is sentenced Thursday afternoon
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