Lawyers for former Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno requested in a letter to federal Judge Gary Sharpe that his corruption trail be postponed to April so the Rennselaer County Republican could recover from cancer surgery.

Federal prosecutors who are prosecuting the 84-year-old Bruno in a subsequent letter to not object, but are pushing for a Feb. 3 trial date. They noted in the letter that an October letter from Bruno’s doctor estimated he would need 90 to 120 days to recover from the September surgery.

A spokesman for Bruno previously announced the former senator was in recovery after a tumor was removed from his kidney in September.

The upcoming trial would be Bruno’s second on bribery charges. A 2009 conviction was vacated following a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the theft of honest services charges Bruno was found guilty under.

Bruno was the Republican majority leader in the Senate from 1994 through his resignation in June 2008.

The letters, filed with the U.S. District Court in Albany last month, are below.

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