State Senator Malcolm Smith starts his Saturday praying.
"God, let him go back into his elected official office," a preacher says.
Whether that will happen after next week's Democratic primary is unclear.
Smith faces a new bribery trial in January. The first one this summer ended abruptly in a mistrial.
"It has a profound impact on you. There is no question about it," Smith said. "I have never been involved with the law in any regard."
He is also staring down his toughest re-election fight yet, against a former City Councilman, Leroy Comrie.
Smith's indictment rattled the city's political world, but he is hardly the first elected official in southeast Queens to be slapped with handcuffs.
Former state Senator Shirley Huntley had the experience in 2012. Earlier this year, it was City Councilman Ruben Wills.
"I know because of where I come from and the color I am, it doesn't usually work like that with you guys, but I am presumed innocent," Wills said in May.
It's a familiar line.
"I always continue to tell people of my innocence, and the more information that comes out, the more they realize," Smith said.
It's also a familiar subject: federal investigations into politicians' pockets.
"All of us, whoever we are, once you get elected, you're a target, and I think we realize that we are targets," said Rep. Gregory Meeks of Queens.
It seems that focus is zeroed in on southeast Queens, with scandal after scandal slamming the same neighborhoods.