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Sunday, January 30, 2011

City's five families lacking qualified candidates if charges against goodfellas is any indication

In the words of Colombo boss Andrew (Mush) Russo, a goodfella must have brains, be willing to do jail time and be capable of violence.
If the charges against dozens of gangsters arrested by the feds in last week's mob sweep are any indication, the city's five families are sorely lacking qualified candidates.
Russo's crime family is infested with deeply connected rats who are poised to testify against the Colombos' last three acting bosses and a gaggle of other gangsters in order to avoid long jail terms.
Scott Fappiano, meanwhile, falls short in the brains department.
A reputed Colombo associate, Fappiano was a free man until last week, thanks to the Innocence Project, which won his release after 21 years for his wrongful conviction on raping a cop's wife.
Fappiano had already collected $2 million from a state settlement and could pocket at least another $10 million if he wins a pending federal lawsuit.
But court papers show Fappiano was willing to risk it all and use his lawsuit as cover while he seeks help in collecting money from a deadbeat.
"If I do it, I might go to jail. ... It gets to the point where he may have to get his f------ leg broken. ... I'll make sure I'm in court somewhere or doing a deposition," Fappiano was secretly taped saying.
Genovese associate Peter Pace, Jr. showed he was willing to use violence - only it was against his defenseless mother-in-law, not another hardened criminal.
"I tried to throw her off the roof back in 1988," he told an informant, according to court papers. "She was a f------ junkie. So I brought her up to the f------ roof, it was six stories, I hung her off the side of the f------ roof."
Gambino soldier Joseph (Joe Dogs) Lombardi seemed leery about turning to violence.
Lombardi, who walks with a cane, was so desperate to collect a $30,000 debt, he posed as a house-hunter to stalk the extortion victim.
Lombardi made an appointment with the Realtor showing the victim's home, gave a fake name and telephone number and asked the seller to call him, court papers state.
Despite all the evidence to the contrary, Gambino associate Anthony Scibelli remains astounded that anyone would doubt the crime family's ability to turn violent.
Speaking to an informant wearing a wire, Scibelli sputtered: "Are you kidding me? You don't see the newspapers every day? What do they think, that this is make-believe?"



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