Talk about a half-baked idea.
State Sen. Serphin Maltese unwittingly honored a Mafia soldier at the reopening of the reputed gangster's Queens bakery, the Daily News has learned.
Politician unwittingly honors reputed gangster at bakery reopening
Maltese issued a proclamation and posed for pictures with Vito Grimaldi last week outside Grimaldi's House of Bread on Menahan St. in Ridgewood in the senator's district. The photo op was also posted on Maltese's Web site.
Federal prosecutors identified Grimaldi as a made member of the Bonanno crime family in a 2002 indictment. He later pleaded guilty to racketeering and was sentenced to two years in prison.
Maltese was unapologetic yesterday about publicizing the Bonanno baker.
"I am very pleased to present him with a proclamation on the enlargement of his business that I know will continue to give back to our community," he said. "I am unaware of any of the allegations brought up by the Daily News."