The daughter of former Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno received a $70,000-a-year “no-show” job at the SUNY Research Foundation when her father was still in office, according to the state Commission on Public Integrity.
The CPI said there is “reasonable cause” to believe SUNY Research Foundation President John O’Connor violated the state Code of Ethics for employing Susan Bruno, despite the fact she was under-qualified for the position, performed “little or no work,” and rarely — if ever — showed up to the office. Susan Bruno was originally hired in 2003 before quitting in 2009.
Susan Bruno’s was hired as Assistant director in the foundation’s Federal Relations Unit. O’Connor serves in a separate capacity as SUNY’s vice chancellor for research and innovation. He faces up to a $10,000 fine.
Joseph Bruno was convicted last year of two felonies in federal court for mail fraud, in which a judge ruled Bruno took $360,000 in “consulting fees” from Albany-area businessman Jared Abbruzesse, who had business before the state. Bruno was convicted under the federal “theft of honest services” statute, which was partially thrown out by the U.S. Supreme Court and opened the possibility of his conviction being overturned. He stepped down from his Senate post in 2008.
The full CPI charge, released today, is below: