For more than a decade, Joseph Brady was a go-to guy in the state Legislature for the leaders and lobbyists associated with New York’s public sector labor unions.
In his role as the longtime legislative director for state Assemblyman Peter J. Abbate Jr., Brady was the gatekeeper for the 71-year-old Brooklyn Democrat — a state lawmaker since 1986 whose leadership of the chamber’s Governmental Employees Committee gave him significant influence over labor issues.
For anyone seeking support in the Assembly on a matter involving labor, their first stop was often Abbate’s office — and that contact usually would begin with a conversation with Brady, who had previously been a legislative representative for former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
But what Brady’s colleagues at the Capitol were apparently unaware of is that his dress shirts and ties concealed the tattoos that provided clues to the hulking 40-year-old’s double life as a co-founder of a notorious chapter of the biker gang East Coast Syndicate. The Capital Region motorcycle club formed about six years ago and has since attracted the attention of law enforcement for its members’ alleged affinity for drug use and violence. The group is also the focus of a homicide investigation in Saratoga County.