ALBANY, N.Y. – The Bruno trial continued on Tuesday after six witnesses took the stand on Monday.
Charles Hayward, the former president of NYRA took the stand on Tuesday. He testified that he had a meeting with the former senate majority leader and that Bruno said he wanted both co- chairs of NYRA out.
Instead, Bruno, 85, favored having a private entity, not NYRA, oversee thoroughbred racing in New York State. Local businessman, Jared Abbruzzese had created such an entity and prosecutors say Bruno was acting on his behalf.
They're trying to show the jury that Bruno accepted hundreds of thousands dollars from Abbruzzese, not for consulting, but in exchange for his official acts.
Bruno denies the allegations, saying it was his work with businessmen that helped the Capital Region’s economy.