Maltese will once again attempt to fend off Ozone Park private practice attorney Albert Baldeo after narrowly defeating the Guyanese-born Democrat in 2006. The senator may also face a new challenger, City Councilman Joseph Addabbo (D-Howard Beach), who has hinted at a run for the seat. The race is shaping up to be one of the most contentious in the borough.Sen. Frank Padavan (D-Bellerose), the borough's other Republican state senator, is also expected to face at least one challenger during this fall's election when City Councilman James Gennaro (D-Fresh Meadows) is widely expected to run for the seat. Democratic Gov. Eliot Spitzer has targeted Queens' two Republican senators as part of a campaign to gain control of the state Senate, where the GOP has a small four-seat majority.City Councilman Hiram Monserrate (D-Corona) is also expected to go for a rematch against state Sen. John Sabini (D-Jackson Heights) following his defeat in 2006.Maltese, 74, has raised $214,245 since January 2007 for this fall's upcoming election during which the senator will attempt to hold onto his Albany seat for the 10th time since being elected to the Senate in 1988, Campaign Finance Board filings showed. The senator defeated Baldeo by a slim 900 votes during the 2006 Senate race. Baldeo, whose campaign was not backed by the state organization or Queens Democratic Party, will once again square off against Maltese for his seat in a race that promises to match the 2006 contest in its contentiousness. According to the latest filings, Baldeo has raised $62,820 since January 2007.But both Maltese and Baldeo will confront a new competitor for the seat since Addabbo is widely expected to throw his hat into the race as he faces term limits that will force him out of office in 2009. Addabbo, who was re-elected to the Council in 2005 and has hinted at a state Senate run, has raised $99,745 since January 2006, the filings showed.Mal
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