Politicians weigh in on Bruno

June 23, 2008 6:37:05 PM PDT
Republican Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno's surprise announcement Monday that he wouldn't seek re-election in the fall drew immediate good wishes from Republicans and Democrats."I've always found him to be forthright, direct and very engaging, an appealing personality," said Democratic Gov. David Paterson, who faced off against Bruno for years as Senate minority leader yet maintained a close friendship. "The senator wants to move on. There are other things he wants to do, and I certainly respect that, and I was very happy to at least have gotten a chance to serve three months with him where we were the top two leadership positions in the state."

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"Senator Bruno has represented the people of the capital region and as majority leader, the New York state Senate Republicans, with a passion and dedication that is rare in public life," said former Republican Gov. George Pataki, who had several run-ins with Bruno over a decade. "Throughout my 12 years as governor, I am proud to have worked with him on so many issues that are important to New Yorkers."

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"Earlier today I received a personal call from Senator Bruno informing me he will not seek re-election and that it was time to move on with his life," said Senate Minority Leader Malcolm Smith, a Queens Democrat. "Like many New Yorkers, I am surprised and deeply saddened by the announcement. As I have said publicly on many occasions, Senator Bruno has made a giant contribution to this state and to the Legislature as an institution. I, and my conference, wish him all the best in his future endeavors."

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"Senator Joseph Bruno has been an important ally for New York City business, helping to legislate more competitive tax and regulatory policies," said Kathryn Wylde, president of the Partnership for New York City. "He has also provided support on a range of issues that are important to the city, including education reform and development of the state's high-tech and biotech industries. We thank him for his decades of outstanding public service."

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"Joe Bruno has been a dedicated public servant and worthy adversary," said June O'Neill, chairwoman of the state Democratic Party. "I salute him for his service and wish him all the best as he enters the next chapter in what has so far been an extraordinary life and career."

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"He was an absolute giant of politics and government who made this state better through his tireless dedication and selfless efforts," said state Republican Chairman Joseph Mondello. "He will long be remembered as one of New York's greatest public servants for the way he conducted himself at all times - with courage, character, decency and vision."

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"Senator Bruno is one of the rare legislators who was equally at home in the corporate board and on the family farm," said former state Republican Chairman Sandy Treadwell, now a congressional candidate. "His background as a boxer taught him not only how to fight hard on the inside but also to plan a tactical strategy to win tough battles. During more than three decades of distinguished service in the Senate he always kept a positive and optimistic outlook. He could see opportunity where others saw closed doors, and that proved to be a great benefit to the people of New York, who were always his top priority."


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