The arrest of Assemblyman Anthony Seminerio on federal corruption charges Wednesday could weaken the campaign of the Democrat's longtime friend and Albany ally, state Sen. Serphin Maltese, political observers said.
Anthony Seminerio's arrest could hurt GOP ally Serphin Maltese
Seminerio - who was nabbed peddling influence for cash in an undercover FBI probe - has long been known in political circles for rallying Democratic votes for Maltese, a GOP veteran locked in a fierce race against Democratic City Councilman Joseph Addabbo.
Seminerio even boasted of his support for Maltese in an interview with the Daily News last month, during which he claimed to head an ad hoc group known as Democrats for Maltese.
Seminerio's politicking prowess has been valuable to Maltese because Seminerio's 38th Assembly District includes parts of Richmond Hill, Glendale and Ozone Park - neighborhoods also in Maltese's 15th Senate District.
Serf definitely has a 9-letter problem beginning with S, but it might not necessarily be Seminerio. More on this soon.