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Former NY GOP Leader Indicted

POSTED: 06:33 PM ET, 01/23/2009 by Derek Kravitz

The former majority leader of the New York State Senate was indicted today, charged with steering state and union contracts to companies that paid him $3.2 million disguised as consulting fees.

Joseph Bruno, 79, a state lawmaker from Albany for 32 years before his retirement last year, pleaded not guilty to eight corruption-related counts during a court appearance today. Prosecutors allege that he used his power between 1993 to 2006 to help a handful of companies.

A defiant Bruno, a former boxer, told reporters outside the federal courthouse today that the FBI's three-year probe was a "get Joe Bruno campaign."

"This is a three-year fishing expedition that smells really really bad and it really stinks, in plain English," Bruno said, according to the New York Daily News.

Like many old-school politicians, Bruno has become a revered, somewhat iconic figure in New York state politics. He grew up in a poor neighborhood north of Albany and worked his way through college before becoming a top executive at a telecommunications company.

Along the way, he had "developed a taste for fine things nice cars, jet travel and expensive suits," according to his hometown newspaper, the Albany Times Union.

By Derek Kravitz |  January 23, 2009; 6:33 PM ET
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I have a good feeling about this new administration which is headed by a great person. Under the prior administration, the political FBI received complaints regarding acts of terrorism, demands for bribe by NYPD, and was provided with (recorded) terrorizing threats to murder children and women… and calculatedly did nothing about it. Yes, the FBI took part in cover ups of these significant issues for political/personal reasons/gain. I recently learned that the FBI under this new administration “will look into these allegations” against the FBI, where the lives of thousands of people were jeopardized by those entrusted with the public’s safety. Be safe America and let the new authorities know about officials misdeeds. Fear them no more.

Posted by: Shanan1 | January 23, 2009 9:56 PM

A crooked Republican? Shocking.

Posted by: havok26 | January 23, 2009 10:44 PM

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