"New York lost an icon today with the passing of Former Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno. The senator served his community for over three decades, the last fourteen as majority leader where he led the state through difficult times. A tough negotiator and straight-talker, he was also beloved by so many for his kindness and great sense of humor. He was dedicated to the Capital Region and always 100 percent behind efforts to position this area for a better future. I send my condolences to Joe’s family and his many friends from across the state of New York."