Albany, NY —
Former state Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno will be sentenced tomorrow on two counts of felony federal corruption. Federal prosecutors are seeking eight years in prison for the crimes.
The former Senate leader, regarded as a benefactor in his district, has submitted numerous letters from community leaders and even former Gov. George Pataki, asking that Bruno's achievements as a Senate leader be taken into account.
Gov. David Paterson, a long-time friend of Bruno's like other politicians, sought to distance himself from the disgraced former Senate leader.
"Anyone that would attempt to sway a decision with a public comment would be unethical," Paterson said in refusing to comment further after attending an ethics event.
Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos was one of the few in office to defend the former Senate leader, saying he hopes the judge takes into account Bruno's advanced age. Bruno is 80. Skelos said he wishes Bruno the best.