Anthony Seminerio

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Anthony Seminerio
Member of the New York State Assembly
from the 38th district
In office
January 1979 – June 23, 2009
Preceded by Alfred A. DelliBovi
Succeeded by Michael G. Miller
Personal details
Born (1935-02-15)February 15, 1935
New York City, New York
Died January 6, 2011(2011-01-06) (aged 75)
Federal Correctional Complex, Butner, North Carolina
Political party Democratic Party

Anthony S. Seminerio (February 15, 1935 – January 6, 2011)[1] was an American politician from Queens, New York. He represented parts of Queens in the New York State Assembly for thirty years, notably the neighborhoods of Richmond Hill and Glendale. He resigned on June 23, 2009, following an indictment for alleged Honest services fraud delivered by the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. In June 2009, he pleaded guilty to taking large sums of money from hospitals through a consulting firm while still a member of the New York State Assembly. His appeal was never heard but his conviction was abated due to death.

First elected to the New York Assembly in 1978, Seminerio previously served as an executive board member representing the Corrections Officers Benevolent Association where he engaged in negotiations that forced him to travel between New York City and the state capital of Albany, New York. In addition to being the collective bargaining negotiator for members of the Dept. of Corrections Seminerio also served as the founder and treasurer of the New York State Peace Officers Association.

As a member of the New York Assembly, he was one of the more conservative members of the New York City delegation. He opposed abortions, supported capital punishment, and took a tough stance on crime. Thus often at odds with Speaker Sheldon Silver, he endorsed several prominent Republican candidates in the past, including Rudy Giuliani, George Pataki, and Al D'Amato.

Seminerio graduated from the New York Institute of Technology with a Bachelor's degree.

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Preceded by
Alfred A. DelliBovi
New York State Assembly, 31st District
1979–1992
Succeeded by
Gregory W. Meeks
Preceded by
Frederick Schmidt
New York State Assembly, 38th District
1993–2009
Succeeded by
Michael G. Miller