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20th A.D.: Comic legend Mel Brooks kicks in for kin Kaminsky

Director Mel Brooks at Hollywood event on June

Director Mel Brooks at Hollywood event on June 5, 2014. Brooks’ late brother Leonard Kaminsky was candidate Todd Kaminsky’s grandfather. Photo Credit: Getty Images / Frazer Harrison

The Democratic primary to succeed retiring Assemb. Harvey Weisenberg (D-Long Beach) has a rare comical edge as director/producer/writer/comedian Mel Brooks has sent $4,100, the legal maximum, to Todd Kaminsky, who faces Anthony Eramo and Robert Solomon in the Sept. 9 contest. The winner is due to face Avi Fertig on the GOP line in November.

Brooks’ late brother Leonard Kaminsky was the candidate’s grandfather. Born Melvin James Kaminsky in Brooklyn in 1926, Brooks told us in a statement from his office:

"My nephew Todd is one of the most hardworking, brightest people I've ever met -- he kind of guy who always accomplishes what he sets his mind to. I have no doubt he'll be a tremendous elected official for Long Island, and I'm proud to support him any way I can.

"Most of the Kaminsky's are short and funny looking, but Todd is tall and handsome.  He is a family anomaly."

Ex-prosecutor Kaminsky said through a spokesman that Leonard Kaminsky, who died in 1990, was a U.S. Army gunnery sergeant who bailed out of a plane going down over Austria during World War II and spent a year-and-a-half in a German prisoner-of-war camp. In all there were four Kaminsky brothers.

And just since we're on the topic, here's an earlier Mel Brooks take on electoral politics:




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