Good scandals are like horror movie villains–you can beat them down, but they’ll always come back for a sequel. A veteran of this town’s political wars pointed out to me today that in 1994, while I was navigating the politics of where to sit in my middle school cafeteria, the New York Times was all over this land deal that seems to be a focus of the inquiry into Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno’s ethics. In an article headlined–this is classic–“New Senate Chief Says His Mixing Business and Politics Is What Albany Needs,” future Pulitzer-winner Kevin Sack wrote about how Bruno attacked the state Department of Environmental Conservation after they halted construction on the development site for various violations. The story also mentions that Bruno’s son, Ken, worked for the Albany lobbyist who was his dad’s partner on the deal.
It’s behind the TimesSelect wall, unfortunately. Here’s the money quote:
And also that government people can be effective in business, apparently.
— Azi Paybarah