For Release — September 3, 2008
Joseph L. Bruno, former Senate Majority Leader, Businessman and Entrepreneur, To Receive 2008 Corning Award
ALBANY— Joseph L. Bruno, the New York State Senate Majority Leader from 1995 to 2008 and a businessman and entrepreneur, will receive The Business Council's Corning Award for Excellence for 2008.
Bruno will accept the award Tuesday, September 16, at The Business Council's Annual Meeting at the Adam's Mark Hotel, in Buffalo, NY. The Council's Annual Meeting will run from Sept. 16-18.
The Corning Award is sponsored by Corning Incorporated. The Council gives the award each year to a New Yorker who has shown outstanding accomplishment and a deep and sustained commitment to the people of New York. The first Corning Award was presented in 1979.
Bruno was first elected to the State Senate in 1976, throughout his legislative career he concentrated on the state's economy. Before becoming Majority Leader he served as Chairman of the Senate Commerce, Economic Development and Small Business Committee, where he sponsored the 1994 business tax-cut package.
As Majority Leader, he concentrated on creating jobs, particularly in the high-technology and biotechnology sectors. He created the Gen*NY*sis program that has invested more than $225 million in capital funds in biotechnology research and development. The program has also allowed the state to leverage more than $1 billion in federal and private investments, creating thousands of new high-skilled and high-wage jobs.
He also created the JOBS NOW fund to help make New York more economically competitive with other states. The fund targets financial assistance to companies that are committed to creating at least 300 new jobs.
“Throughout his career, Sen. Bruno has worked to create jobs in New York,” said Kenneth Adams, president & CEO of The Business Council. “He came to the Senate after a successful career in business and has now embarked on a new private sector career challenge.”
The Glens Falls native co-founded and became Chairman of Coradian, a telecommunications company that sold the first computerized telephone system in the United States.
Upon resigning from public service this year he became CEO of CMA Consulting Services, an information technology services firm.
Bruno holds a B.A. degree in Business Administration from Skidmore College. He served as an infantry sergeant in the Korean conflict. He has served as Vice-President of the New York State Jaycees.
Background on the Corning Award: The Corning Award is a magnificent piece of original Steuben Glass, handcrafted by masters in Corning, New York. Previous Corning Award recipients are: Alair Townsend (2007); Robert Catell (2006); Daniel A. Carp (2005); Amo Houghton (2004) Lewis Golub (2003); Carl T. Hayden (2002); Roland W. Schmitt (2001); Richard P. Mills (2000); Erland E. Kailbourne (1999); Robert B. Wegman (1998); Judith S. Kaye (1997); John J. Phelan, Jr. (1996); Barber B. Conable, Jr., (1995); James W. Kinnear (1994); Muriel Siebert (1993); Hugh L. Carey (1992); David Harden (1991); Raymond T. Schuler (1990); Warren M. Anderson and Stanley Fink (1989); Edmund T. Pratt, Jr. (1988); James D. Robinson III (1987); Franklin A. Thomas (1986); Kitty Carlisle Hart (1985); Frank T. Cary (1984); Clifton Garvin (1983); David Rockefeller (1982); Richard R. Shinn (1981); Melvin C. Holm (1980); and Walter A. Fallon (1979).
Background on The Business Council: The Business Council is New York's largest broad-based business group, representing more than 3,000 member employers large and small across the state. Based in Albany, its mission is to create economic growth, good jobs and strong communities across New York State.