Joe Bruno Convicted on Two Felony Corruption Charges


An Albany jury, which had earlier feared that it would deadlock in the corruption case against State Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno, today found him guilty of two charges. They cleared him on five other charges, and couldn’t reach a verdict on a sixth. The guilty charges stem from Bruno’s relationship with Albany businessman Jared Abbruzzese, who paid Bruno consulting fees eleven times in 2004 but couldn’t explain what exactly Bruno was supposed to be doing for him. Bruno also failed to disclose a secret racehorse partnership with Abbruzzese. The former Albany powerhouse, who reigned for fourteen years, is bound to appeal the guilty verdicts, for each of which he faces up to twenty years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Bruno, Former Albany Leader, Convicted of Corruption [NYT]