A Democratic challenger to state Sen. Kenneth LaValle (R-Port Jefferson) demanded that the longtime lawmaker return $9,500 his campaign received from former Majority Leader Joe Bruno (R-Brunswick), who was convicted of two felonies Monday.
Regina Calcaterra, an attorney from New Suffolk making her first run for public office, said she will make LaValle's connection to Bruno a "big issue" in her attempt to deny him an 18th term.
"It's part of the problem," Calcaterra said. "He's been up there 33 years with nominal opposition. He never anticipated anyone would look closely at things that he's done."
LaValle's office did not respond to requests for comment Tuesday. Bruno faces up to 20 years in prison and $250,000 in fines for each felony count.
Bruno's campaign gave LaValle $9,500 in 2008 and $7,500 in 2000, according to campaign finance reports.
"This is not about Joe Bruno," Calcaterra said. "This is about Sen. Ken LaValle, his judgment and his record. That's what will be vetted in the coming year before the voters."