Resolution J4586-2013

Commending Mario Bruno, Jr. upon the occasion of his designation as the recipient of the IBG Public Service Award by the Italian Board of Guardians on May 29, 2014

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  • Apr 29, 2014: ADOPTED
  • Apr 29, 2014: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • Apr 21, 2014: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION commending Mario Bruno, Jr. upon the occasion of
his designation as the recipient of the IBG Public Service Award by  the
Italian Board of Guardians on May 29, 2014

WHEREAS, It is the custom of this Legislative Body to recognize that the
quality  and  character of life in the communities across New York State
are reflective of the concerned and dedicated efforts  of  organizations
and  individuals  who  distinguish themselves in their profession and in
service to their community; and
  WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and fully in accord with its long-
standing traditions, this Legislative Body is justly  proud  to  commend
Mario  Bruno, Jr., Assistant Commissioner of New York City Department of
Environmental Protection, upon the occasion of his  designation  as  the
recipient of the IBG Public Service Award by the Italian Board of Guard-
ians  to be celebrated at its 78th Annual Bishop's Gala on Thursday, May
29, 2014, at Russo's on the Bay in Howard Beach, New York; and
  WHEREAS, The Italian  Board  of  Guardians,  located  in  Bensonhurst,
Brooklyn,  New  York, is a non-profit social services agency, affiliated
with Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Brooklyn  and  Queens,  and  a
member  agency  of  both  United  Way  of  New  York City, and the Human
Services Council; and
  WHEREAS, Since 1936, its mission is dedicated to addressing the social
needs of communities and individuals throughout  the  Greater  New  York
Metropolitan  area,  regardless  of  race, gender, age, creed, or ethnic
origin; and
  WHEREAS, Each year the Italian Board of Guardians gratefully  acknowl-
edges  those  who  support and work on behalf of its worthy endeavors; a
man of singular distinction, Mario Bruno, Jr., a native of Brooklyn, New
York, has continually  demonstrated  extreme  competence,  extraordinary
intelligence  and  diligent  leadership in his unwavering service to his
community as well as his profession; and
  WHEREAS, For over 28 years Mario Bruno, Jr. has worked in  the  fields
of  infrastructure engineering, public administration, intergovernmental
relationships, political campaign  management,  and  strategic  communi-
cations; and
  WHEREAS,  During  his  illustrious  political career, Mario Bruno, Jr.
served as State Campaign Manager for United States Senator John McCain's
2000 presidential campaign, and as State Executive Director for the 2007
presidential campaign of New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani; and
  WHEREAS, In New York City, Mario Bruno, Jr. also served as a key poli-
tical strategist and adviser to Congressmen, District Attorneys, Borough
Presidents, State Senators, and Chief Judge of the New York State  Court
of Claims; and
  WHEREAS,  Mario  Bruno,  Jr. became a mechanical engineer by education
and training, having graduated from Polytechnic Institute of  New  York;
for over 10 years, he served as an engineer for New York City Department
of  Transportation,  where  he  became an expert in bridges and tunnels;
furthermore, he served as Executive Vice President of the  GA  Group,  a
public  engineering  firm  that provided services such as structural and
civil design, land  surveying,  environmental  engineering,  and  public
school construction management; and
  WHEREAS,  As  a public administrator, Mario Bruno, Jr. served with New
York City Department of Youth &  Community  Development  for  12  years,
where  he  worked  as  Assistant Commissioner for After School Programs,
running the largest municipal after school program in the United States;
he also served on a Mayoral Task Force to develop Mayor Bloomberg's  own
after school initiative, the Out of School Time program; and

  WHEREAS, In 2013, Mario Bruno, Jr. joined the New York City Department
of  Environmental Protection, the largest municipal water and wastewater
utility in the United States, and currently serves as Assistant  Commis-
sioner for Intergovernmental Affairs, dealing with elected officials and
legislative  affairs at every level of government, both in New York City
and in the areas of upstate New York where New  York  City's  watersheds
are located; and
  WHEREAS,  With  him throughout have been his wife, Beata, their daugh-
ter, Marlena, and parents, Audrey and Mario Bruno, as well as two broth-
ers, Michael and Frank, all of whom feel privileged to be a part of  his
life and rejoice in his achievements; and
  WHEREAS, Despite his busy professional life, Mario Bruno, Jr. has been
called  upon  to  contribute his time and talents to countless civic and
charitable endeavors and has always given of himself unstintingly; and
  WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body that  when  individ-
uals  who  have  distinguished  themselves  in their profession and have
faithfully served the  needs  of  their  community  with  diligence  and
compassionate commitment to improving the quality and dignity of life in
the  community  are  brought to our attention, they should be celebrated
and recognized by all the citizens of the great State of New York;  now,
therefore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
commend Mario Bruno, Jr. upon the occasion of  his  designation  as  the
recipient of the IBG Public Service Award by the Italian Board of Guard-
ians on May 29, 2014; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Mario Bruno, Jr.

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