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The office of New York Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says some $606,000 in legal defense fees incurred by ex-Senate Leader Joseph Bruno are unjustified and shouldn't be reimbursed by taxpayers. But - in a letter Wednesday DiNapoli's office said it has approved another $1.8 million for Bruno's legal expenses.

The 86-year-old Rensselaer County Republican was acquitted last year on charges that he took bribes to direct state grants to a businessman. Bruno has sought state reimbursement for $2.4 million of his legal bills.

The former leader of New York's Senate, acquitted of federal fraud charges last week, plans to ask the state to pay his legal bills. 

Retired Sen. Joe Bruno says two trials and appeals cost him more than $4 million. He had been charged with taking bribes to direct state grants to a businessman.

State law authorizes reimbursement of "reasonable" attorneys' fees for officials accused of criminal wrongdoing while acting within the scope of their duties.

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.

NY Court Upholds Ethics Commission Subpoena Power

Sep 4, 2013

New York's top court won't hear the appeal from the ex-chief of the State University of New York Research Foundation accused of giving a no-show job to the daughter of a powerful legislator.

The Court of Appeals, rejecting without comment John O'Connor's request, leaves intact a lower court's ruling that state ethics officials can subpoena his testimony.

The former New York Senate majority leader faces new federal fraud charges after his earlier convictions were overturned last year. WAMC's Dave Lucas reports...

Former Senate Joseph Bruno pleaded not guilty Thursday to two counts of honest services fraud in federal court in Albany. He was released without bail.