The Chief
August 7, 2009

Mourn Frank Bruno, Longtime Staff Chief to PBA President

By TOMMY HALLISSEY

Frank Bruno, Patrolmen's Benevolent Association Chief of Staff and President Patrick J. Lynch's longtime confidant, died July 27 of complications following a heart attack. He was 58.

Mr. Bruno worked as a Sergeant above Mr. Lynch in the 90th Precinct, where he first gave him the idea of running for president of the PBA. "Hey Lynch, you got a big mouth, why don't you run for delegate?" he once said.

When Mr. Lynch ran for president, Mr. Bruno coordinated his campaign and became his right-hand man, later serving as PBA chief of staff. He became so instrumental in the union that it will be difficult to carry on without him, said spokesman Al O'Leary, explaining, "It would be easy to tell you what he didn't do, because he did everything."

He is survived by his wife, Joan, and two children, Nicole and Christopher. A funeral mass was held at Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal in Ridgewood, Queens.