Former New York Senate chief wants state to pay for trial

Former state Sen. Joseph Bruno, right, arrives at federal court in Albany, N.Y., with his attorney E. Stewart Jones, on Thursday, May 3, 2012. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
Former state Sen. Joseph Bruno, right, arrives at federal court in Albany, N.Y., with his attorney E. Stewart Jones, on Thursday, May 3, 2012. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The ex-leader of New York’s Senate has asked the state to reimburse $2.4 million for legal costs in his acquittal on federal fraud charges.

Retired Sen. Joe Bruno says he expects Attorney General Eric Schneiderman to obey the law and approve it.

He tells WGDJ-AM those were “reasonable legal expenses incurred while I was a public officer when I was charged.”

State law authorizes reimbursement of reasonable attorneys’ fees for officials accused and acquitted of criminal wrongdoing while acting within the scope of their duties.

He has said previously that two trials and appeals cost him more than $4 million. He was accused of taking bribes to direct state grants to a consulting client’s businesses.

Schneiderman’s office says the request is under review.

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