Maltese Starts Early

State Senator Serph Maltese of Queens, who squeaked through past his 2006 re-election opponent by 783 votes, has spent thousands of dollars running ads in local papers in his district, according to his latest financial disclosure.

Maltese spent $2,073.25 at the Queens Ledger on January 18, $1,710 at the Queens Chronicle on January 29, another $1,454.25 at the Queens Ledger on February 12, and $3,170 at the Queens Courier on March 2, among others.

Overall, Maltese raised $105,392.41, spent $78,826.32 and has $62,008.96 left on hand.

The man who almost beat him, Albert Baldeo, raised only $19,400, but has $222,868.64 on hand. (Baldeo, it’s worth noting, loaned himself $200,000.)