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Convicted recently of a federal honest-services fraud charge, former state Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno reportedly joked this way to others at a big fundraiser for his legal defense fund: In politics, guests ask to be mentioned from the podium, but tonight, they asked not to be mentioned.

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Among the politicos who had no problem being seen at the Desmond Hotel was Independence chairman Frank MacKay, who said he respects the system and the judge, but has been “friends forever” with the once-powerful Republican lawmaker.

Separately, John “Jasper” Nolan, Saratoga GOP chairman and a longtime Bruno ally, was heard by others at the event talking up Suffolk Executive Steve Levy as a potential Republican candidate for governor.