Having relinquished his role as majority leader weeks ago, Joe Bruno just announced that he will leave the State Senate all together by this Friday.
In a statement, Bruno doesn’t say much about why he’s choosing not to finish his term, but he does point to the highlights of his career.
A Bruno spokesman, Kris Thompson, explained, “At this point of time, he wants to wrap it up and move on to the next chapter of his life.”
Here’s Bruno’s statement:
At the conclusion of the 2008 legislation session I announced I would
not seek re-election this fall because, after 32 years of public service, I
wanted to move on with my life, give my constituents an opportunity for new
representation, and my colleagues in the Senate an opportunity for new
leadership. Today I am announcing that I will leave the Senate, effective
Friday, July 18th. I believe this is the right time to move forward for
Over the past few weeks I have made several major economic
development announcements of projects that I have been working on for some
time — today’s historic announcement with IBM at the nanotechnology center
at UAlbany; Momentive bringing its worldwide headquarters to Rensselaer
County; the expansion of biomedical research at UAlbany’s East Campus in
East Greenbush; a new neonatal care unit at Albany Medical Center and the
new rail terminal in Mechanicville.
As a businessman, job creation was my top priority and I’m proud that
these new projects are in place to build on our economic successes in the
Capital Region and boost the economy of all of Upstate New York. I’ve
always enjoyed telling everyone to “stay tuned,” but it’s the people in the
business community, our leaders in higher education and my partners in
government that have played such important roles in making these projects
and announcements possible.
I have been very fortunate to be able to work with so many talented
and dedicated people during my career. I want to thank Governor David
Paterson for his leadership and his friendship. I also want to thank
Assembly Speaker Silver and Minority Leaders Malcolm Smith and Jim Tedisco
for their friendship. We were able to partner together, set aside our
differences and tackle so many tough issues. I also want to thank all of
my staff that have worked so hard and so many hours to support me and make
me look good.
And, most importantly, I want to thank the members of the Senate
Majority Conference and all the members of the Senate for their friendship
and support for so many years. The transition of Senate leadership to the
new Majority Leader, Senator Dean Skelos, has been a tremendous success.
Senator Skelos is off to very strong start, traveling all over the state
meeting with community leaders, and he will do an outstanding job leading
the Senate Majority now, and in the future.
Now I will bring my time in public service to a conclusion. I have
no regrets because this has been a great trip and it is time for me to ride
off into the sunset.