ALBANY, N.Y. – The Joe Bruno trial entered day three on Wednesday.
The morning’s testimony was focused on Wayne Barr, a former business associate of Bruno.
Barr drew up the consulting agreements, under which Bruno was paid $20,000 a month. However, Barr testified he didn't know what work Bruno did. It was shortly after those payments began that the senator nominated Barr for the NYRA board.
The businessman has been given immunity but told prosecutors repeatedly Wednesday morning that he The Joe Bruno trial entered day three on Wednesday.has trouble remembering exact details.
The first witnesses were called to testify on Tuesday during the former senate majority leader’s second fraud trial.
Bruno, 85, is accused of accepting thousands of dollars in bribes disguised as payments for his consulting services.
Prosecutors focused on his secretary, Patricia Stackrow, who often cashed many of those checks. During cross examination, the defense said Bruno was not trying to hide anything in his financial disclosure forms.