We've sifted, sorted and relentlessly refreshed Google News so you don't have to. It's like knowing what's up with the Joe Bruno story without even trying. Another round of bite-sized facts, bits of analysis, and quotes after the jump.
(Earlier on AOA: Speed reading the coverage of Joe Bruno)
Bruno has endorsed Wilton Assemblyman Roy McDonald to take his place in the Senate and it looks like the local Republican establishment is also lining up behind him. But Rennselaer County executive Kathy Jimino, who's also a Republican, says she might run, too. [Post-Star] [Daily Gazette]
It sounds like the federal investigation into Bruno's business dealings is still moving forward. Apparently Bruno's people had inquired with the feds about whether his retirement would affect the investigation, but there was no response. [TU] [NYDN]
AMD says Bruno's retirement won't have any effect on its tentative plan to build a chip fab plant in Luther Forest. [Troy Record]
Mary Lou Whitney on Joe Bruno: "In the history of Saratoga no person has done more for us than Senator Bruno. He is the king of Saratoga." [Saratogian]
Dean Skelos is now Senate majority leader, taking one of the Three Men in a Room spots. [TU]
Skelos says items 1, 2, and 3 on his agenda are lowering property taxes. [NY Sun]
Skelos doesn't have Bruno's sense of humor and there's speculation that the atmosphere in the room among The Three Men might be a little chilly. [NYT]
But he is known as "Dean the Dream." [NY Sun]
Skelos' wife is Joe Bruno's appointments secretary. [TU]
One of the big picture questions now is whether the Republicans can hold onto the state Senate. Of the 32 Republican senators, 15 will be 65 or older by the end of the year -- and there's speculation some might see this as a good time to step aside. The oldest, 82-year-old Caesar Trunzo, says he's still running. [Newsday]
photo: NYS Senate / senatorbruno.com
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