Jo Bruno, Senate, Senator discussed on Morning Edition

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This is morning edition on WNBC. I'm David, first, a onetime giant of New York politics, has died. Former state Senate majority leader Jo Bruno passed away at the age of 91 after a long battle with cancer. Cameron DeWitt takes a look at the life and legacy of the senator who survived to corruption trials and several bouts of cancer. life character who once wrote his own horse into the venue where state Capitol reporters were presenting their annual gridiron show was leader of the Republican dominated state Senate from 1994 to 2008. Bruno was known for his ability to bring money millions of dollars and major economic projects to his district, A stadium and Troy is named for him, among other enterprises that bear his name. Governor Andrew Cuomo, whose father, the late Mario Cuomo, was governor. When Bruno was a state senator, offered condolences. He was a honorable, respectful Sincere public servant who truly believed what he believed and worked very hard at Bruno was one of the so called three men in a room leaders along with the assembly speaker and governor who controlled most of the major decisions in state government. Here's Bruno speaking in 2007 during a particularly bad budget fight with then Governor Eliot Spitzer, a Democrat. Letting them just roll over us and dictate to it to us would be the wrong thing that's not democracy. That's not representative I meant it's not fun. Presently, I'd rather be getting along. But Bruno could also be bipartisan in what was a different era. The son of Italian immigrants, he grew up poor and Glens Falls was a boxer and Korean War veteran, and he ran a phone company before being elected to the state Senate in 1976. He won the leadership of the Senate in what became known as the Thanksgiving coup, when Bruno formed an alliance with newly elected governor George Pataki and secretly garnered enough votes from his Senate GOP colleagues to depose then Senate leader Ralph Marino. Pataki, in a statement says he's deeply saddened by Bruno's passing. Bruno later formed an alliance with former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, a Democrat against Republican Potocki when his interests coincided with the Democratic speaker. Together, they overrode a number of the governor's Vito's. And, after initially sparring with the powerful healthcare Workers union, CIA, you 11 99 over proposed budget cuts. Bruno and then 11. 99 President Dennis Rivera became friends and even had nearby vacation homes in Puerto Rico. In a statement, Rivera and Greater New York Hospital Association president Can Rasky called Bruno, a passionate defender of New York's hospitals and their workers and a wonderful friend who will be sorely missed. Senator Jim to disco, a Republican from the Schenectady area, was Assembly minority leader during part of Bruno's tenure. A Senate leader to disco says he also considered Bruno to be a friend and the two former athletes to disco played basketball often exercise together. I was a kid him back. I don't know if I really believe that you are a boxer, because when you're a boxer, you have to get hit. And you're the most handsome guys. You know. How could you never get hidden? He goes. I dodged a lot, and I said, Well, you're doing a lot of that right now Work with the characters out here. Bruno, left public office in 2008. Just before he was indicted on public corruption charges. He was tried twice and in the first trial convicted of two of nine charges against him. The conviction was overturned on appeal. A second trial on the remaining two charges ended in acquittal. The trials reveal that Bruno and his aides frequently mixed the senator's political and personal business interests. In his later years. Bruno, a widower, was the companion of case Stafford, the wife of the late North country, state Senator Ron Stafford. He leaves behind four Children, Several grandchildren and a great grandchild in Albany..

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