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Former NYPD detective whistleblower immortalized by Pacino film, Serpico, running for office

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By The Associated Press

STUYVESANT, N.Y. — The former New York City policeman immortalized for blowing the whistle on police corruption in the 1973 film “Serpico” is running for office in a small upstate New York town.

Photo of David Birney as Frank Serpico in the film Serpico. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons.
Photo of David Birney as Frank Serpico in the film Serpico. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

The 79-year-old Frank Serpico tells The New York Times he’s eyeing a seat on the five-member town board of Stuyvesant in Columbia County.

The former detective calls the town of approximately 2,220 people a place where “if the ticks don’t get you, the politics will.”

He has lived in the area since the early 1980s.

Serpico claims the political structure of Stuyvesant is an “old-boys network” run by Republicans who play favourites and are no stranger to backroom deals.

Stuyvesant Democratic Committee Chairman Lee Jamison praised Serpico for his willingness to speak up for what’s right.

Lorenzo Tartamella interviewing Frank Serpico for the New York Wisdom project. Source: Wikimedia Commons.
Lorenzo Tartamella interviewing Frank Serpico for the New York Wisdom project. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

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Information from: The New York Times, http://www.nytimes.com

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