...a former Assemblyman with his own legal troubles, Brian M. McLaughlin, acted as a cooperating witness, according to a person involved in the case. It was Mr. McLaughlin, the person said, who introduced the agent to Mr. Seminerio.
Mr. McLaughlin’s lawyer, Michael F. Armstrong, declined to comment.
On Thursday, the government moved to delay Mr. McLaughlin’s sentencing.
“I’m amazed at that,” Senator Serphin R. Maltese, a Queens Republican and a longtime friend of Mr. Seminerio’s, said of Mr. McLaughlin’s involvement. “I thought Brian was close to Tony Seminerio. I guess he’s got his own personal problems.”
Beyond that, Mr. Maltese said he reacted with “shock, naturally, and surprise, amazement.”
“Everyone is speculating on who the other senators are,” he added. “I can tell you it’s not me.”
After an Arrest, Albany Plays a Guessing Game
What left some lawmakers scratching their heads is why Mr. Seminerio would be so trusting of Mr. McLaughlin. After all, at the time last year that he allowed Mr. McLaughlin to introduce him to an undercover agent, Mr. McLaughlin had already been indicted by federal prosecutors and later pleaded guilty to racketeering charges.
Such a person could have been considered a candidate to be wearing a wire.
“That wasn’t real bright,” said Assemblyman Jeffrion L. Aubry, a Queens Democrat who makes a cameo appearance in the indictment.