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Santa has a big gift for former New York State Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office says it will approve reimbursement of $2.4 million in legal bills Bruno racked up in a federal corruption cases in which he was ultimately acquitted.

In a letter Wednesday, Schneiderman says the state has ”no choice” but to certify that the money should be paid back to the Rensselaer Republican and his campaign fund even though he’s been out of office for six years... Comptroller Tom DiNapoli now must review the expenditure.

5/28/14 Panel

May 28, 2014

  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.

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Joe Bruno returns to public life

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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  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 -

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.

Bruno Re-Trial Begins

May 5, 2014

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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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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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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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. 

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.