Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Serf honors mobster

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."


Unknown said...

Maltese did not "unwittingly" handout an award to a mobster, he knew exactly who he was dealing with.
But I am still glad I voted for him rather than the guy from Ozone Park.

Anonymous said...

Maybe Serf is a "cappo"....?????

Anonymous said...

Many times, the Mafia
does some better things for a neighborhood
than do the real mobsters in city government.

Anonymous said...

Everything Maltese does is "unwitting". He's not very bright, you know!

But, he knew who he was honoring. He's got a campaign to run. He needs the money. He doesn't need any of us except to vote.

So, let's vote: ABM: Anyone But Maltese!

georgetheatheist said...

Marone! There's a finger in my cannoli.

Anonymous said...

maybe if he had a staff that had brains he would have a shot next nov.we need some young new blood.i guess that anthony an danny better start looking for a job.

Anonymous said...

maybe Serf should keep a proclamation for when Anthony's house gets done

Anonymous said...

you think Tiramisu will take Danny back? But then again, maybe they can all work for Pinky

georgetheatheist said...

Now that Serf is running scared about his re-election, gird yourself kiddies for more and more "proclamation" photos. (It's rumored that Constance, the missus, scribbles them out nightly on the dining room table.) Next week, Serf is scheduled to present an outstanding Citizen of the Year award to a horse, a fire hydrant, and a toilet bowl.

Anonymous said...

Maltese's district also includes St. Johns Cemetery- graveyard to the dons. I'm not sure which is better, a mob owned "family" bakery or pharmacy- or yet another Starbucks or Rite Aid.

Anonymous said...

Grimaldi has been baking great bread in Ridgewood since I was a kid.
(I lived on Seneca Ave)

He's a nice no BS man who did great things for the neighborhood. Why all the hoopla ?

parnell said...

I don't see what Maltese has to apologize for.

He honored a man for expanding his business that has served the community for decades.

So what if the man pleaded guilty to unrelated crimes, he served his time and was released.

If we continue punishing people after their release, what motive will they ever have to change their lives?

verdi said...

Look at that big bellied political mobster......
looks like an overfed priest.....sans the Roman collar!

Central casting couldn't come up
with a more formidable looking don !