Former Senate Majority Leader Joseph L. Bruno had a cancerous tumor removed from a kidney on Thursday, said John McArdle, who was a top aide to the Brunswick Republican for several years.
The operation was performed at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, McArdle said.
“He is resting and looking forward to his recovery,” McArdle said.
Federal prosecutors seek to take the 84-year-old legislative veteran to trial on fraud charges later this year.
“If this is the kind of thing that Bruno is not well to be present for his trial, or is not going to be able to meet with his attorneys frequently or lucidly, that’s almost a compelling reason to delay,” said Vincent Bonventre, a professor of criminal law at Albany Law School. “It’s also another good reason why the prosecution should try to resolve this thing without prosecuting a second time.”
Once one of the most powerful politicians in the state, Bruno embraced fitness and built a reputation as an energetic campaigner and a fast-paced leader. A former boxer, he walked the nine flights to his legislative office and led his aides through long business days.
He had several medical treatments during his 14-year tenure as majority leader, but ………..