Thursday, January 13, 2011

Former Assemblyman Seminerio Dies in Prison

Former Assemblyman Anthony Seminerio, 75, passed away Thursday morning at a federal prison hospital in North Carolina.

Seminerio, who was convicted of fraud in February 2010, was serving a six-year sentence on corruption charges. He operated an illegal consulting firm where he received $1 million from individuals and companies doing business with the state.

Seminerio’s attorneys had asked for a home confinement sentence, and in August, he asked to be released from jail while his appeal was heard. Both requests were denied.

The politician represented the state’s 38th Assembly District for 30 years. He resigned in 2009 and was replaced by Mike Miller following a special election.

Following Seminerio’s death, Miller (D-Woodhaven) said Seminerio represented his district with “passion and dedication.”

“We should remember all of the good things that he has done for the community. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to his wife and children,” Miller said.

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