Glendale Assemblyman Resigns
Thirty-year NYState Assembly representative Anthony Seminerio resigned Tuesday, June 23, bringing a long career to a quick ending. He is facing charges following an investigation by the Manhattan District Attorney’s office that he solicited and collected nearly a million dollars in fees from clients who had financial dealings with the State. In March of 2009 he was charged by the federal government with extortion activity. The indictments alleged that he threaten to “kill” bills in the Assembly if a healthcare industry related executive refused to hire his consulting firm. He faces twenty years behind bars if convicted.
Seminerio’s resignation letter to Assembly speaker Silver was short and sweet. It read “…. Please accept this as my letter of resignation for my Assembly seat, 38th District, effective June 23, 2009. It has been my honor and a distinct privilege to have served in the Legislature for the last thirty years.” Sincerely, Anthony Seminerio.
Although it is premature to schedule a special election for the Glendale, Woodhaven and Richmond Hill area speculation has Seminerio’s son John, Richmond Hill activist Albert Baldeo, Glendale resident Nick Comaianni and former Bloomberg administration Queens representative Matt Gorton.
Seventy-four year-old Seminerio was a corrections officer before being elected to the Assembly in 1978.