Joe Bruno, who led the Republican-controlled State Senate for 13 years, was found guilty of mail and wire fraud in his federal corruption trial. The Times Union reports, "Bruno, acquitted of five counts, was found guilty in connection with 11 payments he received from companies controlled by Loudonville businessman Jared Abbruzzese. The jury found Bruno did not perform legitimate work for the Abbruzzese companies — and that the payments were, in effect, gifts. He was also convicted of failing to disclose his participation in a partnership with Abbruzzese that involving thoroughbred race horses." The jury was unable to reach a verdict on an eight count, which means the feds will decide whether to retry the 80-year-old.
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