Former Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno is resting comfortably after undergoing surgery at a Manhattan hospital earlier today to remove a large cancerous tumor from his right kidney.

Bruno’s long time spokesperson John McCardle tells us the surgery took place today at Memorial Sloan Kettering. The 84-year-old Rensselaer County Republican is now with his family and “looking forward to continuing his recovery,” McArdle said.

This is Bruno’s second bout with cancer. He was successfully treated for prostate cancer back in 2003.

The former senator, who retired from office in 2008, is scheduled to go to trial in federal court in Albany this December. This is the second time he will be tried on federal corruption charges.