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Sunday, April 10, 2011

Staten Island TV mob scene

Staten Island can't catch a break.
The city's most disrespected borough will be taking another beating on April 17 when the reality show "Mob Wives" begins airing.
The Post got a sneak peek of the VH1 series, which follows four Richmond County broads -- each with varying degrees of Mafia pedigrees -- as they pull hair, wring necks, cuss and brawl their way around the city's former capital of trash.
It makes "Jersey Shore" -- also heavily populated by Staten Islanders -- seem like high tea at Buckingham Palace.
"A rat is someone who doesn't mind their f--king business and gets involved with the cops," snarls hulking Renee Graziano, daughter of Anthony "The Little Guy" Graziano, reputed consigliere of the Bonanno crime family. "If you're a rat, you're not in my circle. Matter of fact, I'll make your life so f--king miserable you won't be able to hang out in anybody's circle."
"That's me, bitch," she adds. "Call me a Mafia princess, call me anything you want."
"I beat up a lot of f--king people," boasts Drita D'avanzo, who grew up in a strict Albanian household and was disowned when she married reported Bonanno soldier Lee D'avanzo.
The show revolves around the return of Karen Gravano, 38 -- daughter of Sammy "Bull" Gravano, the infamous mob turncoat who took down John Gotti and the Gambino crime family -- to Staten Island after living for years with her father in the witness protection program. She is writing a memoir, which St. Martin's Press has bought for six figures.
"F--k Sammy The Bull. F--k John Gotti. I'm gangster and I'm coming home," Gravano barks at the cameras while she's packing up to leave Phoenix, Ariz., where she worked as a "house mom" at a strip club.
"My father always taught me don't be a tattletale, so when he cooperated I didn't understand why he was doing it," she says. "I felt betrayed. I was the daughter of Sammy The Bull; now I was the daughter of Sammy The Rat."
Gravano is welcomed by D'avanzo, whose hubby is currently serving time for bank robbery and drug charges, and by Carla Facciolo, who plans to divorce her husband, Joseph Ferragamo, pinched for stock fraud by then-federal prosecutor Chris Christie (which, coming from a Mafia neighborhood, she "didn't see as a bad crime").
But not everyone is as welcoming. Graziano insists she won't forgive Gravano for the sins of her father. When Gravano shows up unannounced at Facciolo's 35th birthday party (records show she's actually 44), the two almost come to blows.
"Do you want a shot?" Gravano asks the intoxicated Graziano.
"Shot's a bad f--king word for you," she snaps. "What I believe is what your father did was
f--king wrong and it destroyed a lot of f--king families."


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