Documents: Bruno solicited Pataki for employer

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) – Documents presented at the corruption trial of the former New York Senate majority leader show he approached then-Gov. George Pataki and a state college on behalf of a technology company that employed him part time.

Letters between then-Sen. Joseph Bruno and Sage Alerting Systems officials show Bruno claiming he helped sell $1 million in computer equipment in 1993, some to Hudson Valley Community College in his political stronghold, Rensselaer County.

Bruno was paid $44,000 in commissions, and the sales threshold let him exercise stock options.

Other documents put in evidence Friday show Bruno, under Senate letterhead, proposing that Pataki meet with IBM for a possible school computer partnership. Bruno's employer sold IBM computers and requested the meeting.

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