The 89-year-old has served as president of the 114th Precinct Community Council for the last 27 years. She’s been on the council for nearly four decades in total.
“I want to help as many people as I can in my lifetime,” she said.
Bruno described her role as a “liaison between the public and the cops.” When residents have a problem and can’t get in touch with officers, they usually call her. Then Bruno connects them with the corresponding unit.
She also plans the annual National Night Out Against Crime, which bridges the relationship between police and community. She said it takes months of planning.
“This affair is not easy to put on, it takes a lot of time,” she said. “Every year we have it, it gets bigger and bigger.”
Bruno said her neighborhood is one of the safest in the city because everyone works in unison.
“We have a lot of organizations and we all work together,” she said. “That’s what keeps us safe.”
Born and raised in Astoria, Bruno said the community has changed “tremendously” over the year. Not all of it is positive, she said.
“I don’t like some of the changes I see now, it’s not little Astoria anymore,” she said. “It’s becoming a mini-Manhattan, which truthfully, I really don’t like.
“I liked old Astoria as it was,” she added, “one and two-family homes, which I live in.”
But her commitment to Astoria is undeniable. Perhaps that’s why she wins re-election as president of the community council every two years.
“I’ve done a lot of work there and I enjoy doing it because I can help as best as I can,” she said. “I will continue as long as I can.”