"Joe Bruno and his second in command. Deans gallows are sitting across from each other at a quiet right restaurant. Bruna has spent years grooming scallops to assume the role of majority leader. When he retires Bruno? Trust him as much as you can trust anyone in Albany but now that Spitzer's out of the picture Joe plans to stick around for a while. Let's have a toasting shower to justice to justice decor. Jackie gleason have sweet. It is Joe. I have to ask you just between you and me. Do you have any idea who aim a line of people who wanted to see. Spitzer go down that would stretch from Albany to Staten Island back. The Spitzer problem has been neutralized. That's all matters. As far as I'm concerned he died of his zone. Hubris all right well. Here's the Governor Paterson and to you. The new Lieutenant Governor as a field. Oh it fits like a glove with his out of the picture Joe Bruno. All of his troubles are in the rear view mirror and the next five months of the Paterson Administration run pretty smoothly for both silver and Bruno with a new governor in place in December two thousand seven the New York Times Princeton article about Joe Bruno's Employment Employment with rights investor service while Bruno has never denied referring clients their way up until now no one has known who the clients were the article reveals that several of those clients are New York labor unions who have invested tens of millions of dollars in pension funds. With right. They also happen to be the single. The largest contributor to Bruno's campaign fund giving hundreds of thousands of dollars annually Bruno denies. There's anything wrong with your but Democrats the press and a few million New Yorkers. Don't see it that way. After a few weeks of intense pressure Bruno announces he severed his ties with right investor service once again a case of too little too late because in February two thousand eight the FBI subpoenas the financial records of the labor unions. They WanNa know what what happened. Exactly what role Joe. Bruno played the following month. A New York magazine Article interviews Bruno who tells the reporter. His role was to provide ride entree and access. The federal government has a name for what Joe Bruno was doing. It's called honest. Services Fraud depriving citizens of honest services as a public official by improperly mixing public and private work. It's a nice way to put it or what it really means is that Bruno has been selling pulling his favors to a high bidder rather than honestly serving the people of New York. No matter what you call it still smells rotten to the voters of New York. The press pounces and Joe Bruno knows he has stepped in at this time issues. Denial after denial claiming. He never said anything to that. New York magazine reporter about providing access and when that doesn't work. He claims that he was misquoted. Then he says maybe he did say it. What the reporter has betrayed his trust? He was speaking off the record two months later and May of two thousand eight the FBI starts a new investigation into the legislative ethics committee. The body that approved Bruno's dealings with right and the unions. It's getting very hot and Joe. Bruno needs to get out of the kitchen in June after serving the Senate for thirty one years he resigns as majority leader announces. He will not run for reelection. He cites personal reasons. Because that sounds better than I'm being investigated by the FBI. And I may end up in prison soon joe. Bruno spends the next several months. Denying he did anything illegal. What in January of two thousand nine? The feds disagree and the Southern District of New York indicts Joe Bruno on eight counts of corruption. Prosecutors also charged no no with accepting over a million dollars from three businessmen for providing entree as Joe Bruno like to say one of the three businessmen the regular gop donor owner named jared. Abbas says he paid Bruno. Eighty thousand dollars for a horse raised on Bruno's farm that was according to prosecutors ready for the glue factory not not worth a fraction of that Republican circle the wagons and support their man despite the overwhelming evidence pointing to his guilt. The new majority leader Eighteen Scelo says Joe. Bruno is a fighter who has successfully confronted many tough challenges throughout his life. And I'm very confident. He will continue to do so in in November of two thousand nine eight year old Joe. Bruno's trial begins and he brings his gloves to court. His behavior is defiant. Some might even say entitled and one point. He mutters allowed about a ruling. He doesn't like within earshot of the jury. That's a no no and the federal judge has no problem admonishing former senator Bruno has he would've child for once in your life. You don't control something I do. You ever do what you just did in the presence of that jury again which is question. Any of my rulings. I will take measures to make sure you don't repeat that you understand me of the eight counts. The jury acquits Bruno Fine and hangs on his sixth but he's convicted of one count of mail fraud and one count of wire fraud Bruno sentenced to two years in federal prison But Bruno's a cat who lands on his feet and his convictions are overturned when the US Supreme Court narrows the definition one of honest services fraud in two thousand ten a year later at a retrial. Bruno is acquitted on all eight accounts the acquittal also so allows him to file for repayment of all of his legal fees. One point eight million dollars. He returns to the tranquility of his sprawling horse. Farm upstate where today at almost ninety he still reads the Albany papers. Every day after Spitzer's breathtaking fall from grace followed by Joe Bruno's resignation from the Senate. Two of the three men who occupied the room in two thousand seven and two thousand eight are Gone Assembly Speaker Sheldon silver in the last man standing and the Senate has a new majority leader teen scallops. But there's still a place in the room for a third man. Both silver and end skeleton are going to find that the new governor has no intention of keeping business as usual in all next on American scandal. A New New York governor vows to take on corruption while a new. US Attorney in the Southern District of New York starts his own investigation and prime at the Capitol and we'll take down to the most powerful men in the state from wondering. This is American skin. 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