joe bruno

The Roundtable
9:00 am
Wed May 28, 2014

5/28/14 Panel

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Times Union Associate Editor Mike Spain and University at Albany Journalism Professor and investigative reporter Rosemary Armao.

Topics include:
Albany Bear
President Obama’s West Point address
Holder - Reporter Leaks
NY Assembly Backs Use of Marijuana for Illnesses
Joe Bruno returns to public life

12:31 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Bruno Found Not Guilty, Ending Years-Long Saga

The former leader of the New York state Senate has been found not guilty of federal fraud charges. A jury announced the verdict in retired Sen. Joe Bruno's case on Friday, the second day of deliberations in Albany.

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New York News
9:38 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Bruno Re-Trial Winds Down

Credit WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

  The Albany Re-trial of Joe Bruno is in its final stage: the jury deliberated two hours Thursday afternoon and are due back in court 9am Friday..

The 85-year old Bruno, once one of New York State's most powerful leaders when he led the GOP-controlled Senate  for 14 years before stepping down in 2008, stands accused of knowingly receiving bribes and kickbacks -

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New York News
6:06 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Senate Democrats: More Reasons Than Ever To Adopt Reform Bills

Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Democratic colleagues, and government reform advocates announce package of anti-corruption bills at the state capitol.
Credit Karen DeWitt

New York Democrats pressing for bills to reform the state’s campaign finance system, say the US Attorney’s investigations into a panel controlled by Governor Andrew Cuomo might help spur action on their measures.

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New York News
4:37 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Bruno Re-Trial Begins

Former New York State Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno was back at the federal courthouse in downtown Albany today to face trial for the second time before U.S. District Chief Judge Gary Sharpe.

A jury was selected Monday morning and opening arguments in his trial began just after 2pm. Prior to entering the courthouse, reporters tweeted that the 85-year old Bruno told them he was "tired"   -  and was looking forward to putting the long nine-year ordeal behind him.

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New York News
6:51 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Judge Sets Trial Terms For Ex-NY Senate Leader

Credit WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

A federal judge has agreed to shorten the daily schedule for retired state Sen. Joe Bruno's second fraud trial unless the ex-Senate leader uses the extra time for press conferences on the courthouse steps.

U.S. District Judge Gary Sharpe is conditionally accepting a request to convene from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for medical reasons. The 84-year-old Bruno had cancer surgery last year.

Sharpe, who presided at Bruno's first trial, cautions defense lawyers that if Bruno holds 9 a.m. press conferences, they'll go back to the usual 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. schedule.

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New York News
4:36 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

New Bruno Trial Date Set

Credit ..::WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas::..

A federal judge has scheduled a new fraud trial in May for the ex-leader of New York's Senate.

Retired Sen. Joseph Bruno is accused of accepting more than $400,000 from a businessman for helping with state grants.

The Rensselaer County Republican led the Senate's majority for 14 years before stepping down in 2008. He has denied any wrongdoing, maintaining he was paid for outside consulting work.

U.S. District Judge Gary Sharpe has set a May 12 trial date.

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New York News
6:20 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Bruno Appears To Be Headed For Legal "Deja Vu"

Credit ..::WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas::..

It's back to court for former New York State Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno. After an appeals court rejected his double jeopardy claim, Bruno and his attorneys are preparing for a second federal trial. In 2009, the longtime powerful Rensselaer County Republican who eventually resigned his seat was convicted of two counts of mail fraud. The U.S. Supreme Court later tossed out part of the "theft of honest services" statute Bruno was charged under, and his conviction was overturned. 

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New York News
12:12 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Mark Johnson - Office of New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli

The New York State Attorney General and the office of the Albany County District Attorney will review the findings of a state audit that found highly questionable spending and expenses at the State University of New York Research Foundation.

Capital District News
8:02 am
Wed May 30, 2012

Fraud Retrial for Ex-NY Senator Bruno Set for February

A federal judge has set February 4 to start the retrial of former New York Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno on fraud charges and imposed a gag order on the lawyers. More from WAMC’s Dave Lucas…

U.S. District Judge Gary Sharpe says Tuesday the case will be tried in court, not the press, while acknowledging he imposed the same rule at the 2009 trial, where Bruno himself held daily press conferences on the courthouse steps to say he was innocent while his lawyers stood quietly by.

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