Justice Robert Bruno of state Supreme Court in Mineola is so close to his political patron, Nassau Conservative Chairman Roger Bogsted, that the two watch Jets games together.
They watched the playoff game last week, “along with our designated drivers, and we’re going to watch the game again this week with our designated drivers,” Bruno said as he was formally inducted Thursday.
Much of Bruno’s speech was a paean to Bogsted, with a mini-paean to his Republican supporters, and a slap at the Nassau Independence Party.
“I tell you, there no better friend you can have if you’re going to be in a political race than to have someone like Roger watching your back. Because once he says he’s going to endorse you, he sticks with you notwithstanding which way the political winds blow....”
“Roger, thank you for your friendship and the support you’ve given me and my family over the years. It’s not an understatement to say without you I wouldn’t be here.”
Bruno also thanked other supporters, including James Carver from the Nassau PBA, Patrick Cribbin of the Nassau court officers union, and the leaders of the NYS troopers’ union.
He ticked off the many elements he needed to win his underdog campaign, and concluded with one that he said he was unsure was a factor:
“You can be the judge. This year, just like last year, I was promised the endorsement from the Independence Party, and this year, just like last year, I didn’t get it at the last minute. I don’t know if that contributed to my victory or not, but it sure didn’t hurt.”