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Serphin R. Maltese (born December 7, 1932) was a Republican New York State Senator representing New York's 15th State Senate District, located in southern and central Queens.

Born and raised in the once heavily Italian-American neighborhood of Corona in Queens, New York, Maltese ran for a seat in the United States House of Representatives in 1984 representing Central Queens. The seat was being vacated by Geraldine Ferraro who was chosen to run for Vice President on the Democratic ticket with Walter Mondale. Maltese faced Democrat Thomas Manton and lost narrowly; 53%-47%. Maltese's loss was attributed to the presence of Ferraro on the national ticket, as the district had a history of leaning Republican otherwise.

Maltese was first elected to the New York State Senate in November 1988, and was reelected nine times, often by comfortable margins in a normally strongly Democratic district. However, in 2006, he was nearly defeated, narrowly winning against Albert Baldeo, a relatively unknown Democrat, 51%-49% (a 783 vote margin). In 2008, Maltese was heavily defeated by City Councilman Joseph Addabbo, Jr., garnering only 42% of the vote as the Democrats took control of the State Senate.

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New York State Senate
Preceded by
Martin Knorr
New York State Senate, 15th District
Succeeded by
Joseph Addabbo, Jr.


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