Senator Joseph L. Bruno
The Honorable Joseph L. Bruno has represented New York’s 43rd State Senate District since 1976. In 2001, the Senator was chosen for his fourth consecutive term as Majority Leader.
The son of Italian immigrants, Senator Bruno worked his way through Skidmore College, graduating in 1952 with a B.S. degree in Business Administration. Following two years as an infantry sergeant in the Korean War, he launched his career selling mutual funds and insurance. In 1959, he founded Coradian Corporation, a telecommunications company, which he sold in 1990. While working to develop Coradian, Senator Bruno entered politics, joining Governor Nelson Rockefeller’s campaign staff in 1966.
During Senator Bruno’s tenure as Majority Leader, New York State’s investment in education has been unprecedented. He has also secured millions of dollars in grants for hundreds of non-profit organizations, health facilities and educational institutions.
As Majority Leader, Senator Bruno has highlighted the state’s economy, concentrating his efforts on ways to stimulate economic development to make New York more competitive with other states and create jobs, particularly in the area of technology. In the year ahead, Senator Bruno’s focus will be on encouraging economic development and job creation through initiatives like the Senate’s Gen*NY*sis program which promotes the biotech industry in New York.