Big political news day in this areaLocal Congresswoman Kirsten Gillibrand was anointed by Gov. David Paterson to fill the US Senate seat left vacant by Sec. of State Hillary Clinton. Gillibrand will have to run again in a special election in 2010. Even before she was officially named, Long Island Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy promised a primary challenge, slamming Gillibrand's pro-gun owners' rights stance.
And in an event that would be the lead story on any other day, a long-serving former Republican state senate majority leader Joe Bruno was indicted on eight counts of public corruption. The indictment against Bruno by a federal jury was not unexpected as an FBI probe into his business dealings had been ongoing for quite some time. Bruno was born in Glens Falls and is apparently a distant relative of mine, though it didn't do any good for my unemployed-at-the-time father back when Bruno was embroiled in a nepotism scandal early in his term as majority leader. My father may have had the right last name, but the wrong letter after it: a (D) rather than an (R).
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