Former Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno is being treated for kidney cancer.
“Senator Bruno had surgery today at Sloan Memorial Cancer Center in New York City to remove a large cancerous tumor on his right kidney,” said spokesman John McArdle. “His family is with him and he’s resting comfortably and looking forward to continuing with his recovery.”
The 84-year-old Bruno, R-Brunswick, Rensselaer County, served as the Republican majority leader from 1994 through 2008. In 2003, he had prostate cancer.
He is facing a second criminal trial that could start in December after he was first convicted of mail fraud in 2009.
The conviction was overturned after the U.S. Supreme Court threw out a portion of the “honest services” statute he was charged under. But an appeals court allowed federal prosecutors to file a new indictment against Bruno last year.
Bruno has vowed to fight the charges.