Friday, December 12, 2008

Assemblyman Seminerio Indicted

Assemblyman Anthony Seminerio, a socially conservative Queens Democrat from the 38th District, is being indicted on corruption charges. He is being charged with accepting over a million dollars worth of improper payments. The payments appear to have been laundered. The link includes the full text of the indictment from U.S. Attorney Lev Dassin's office.

Here's a quick background check on the indicted Assemblyman, for those interested - The 73 year old Assemblyman has been in the Assembly since 1979. Prior to that, he served as an executive board member representing the Corrections Officers Benevolent Association. Since his election, Seminerio has been a pro-life advocate and has endorsed such Republicans as George Pataki and Al D'Amato for statewide office in the past, putting him at odds with some of the Assembly Democrats. Then again, his fiscal record is considered strongly liberal with glowing endorsements from liberal leaning outfits. He would have been considered a mixed bag for Republican and Conservative voters in his district. Now, being indicted for $1 million in bribes, it's a no-brainer - vote for almost anyone else.

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