The Post reported last year that Sclafani was implicated in coordinating a cocaine-trafficking scheme, and also faced earlier charges of running a syndicate that sold marijuana grown in Staten Island greenhouses. He was also once convicted of helping Costabile “Gus” Farace evade a federal manhunt.“He didn’t want to begrudge me a wedding,” says Rizzo of her devoted groom. “He said, ‘Even if I can’t be there, have a party. I’ll be there in spirit.’ ” They’ll have the bash at Butch Yamali’s lavish Coral House on Long Island.Rizzo says they’ll “pass around the phone” at the wedding for Sclafani to speak to her and friends. She says her “Mob Wives” co-stars Karen Gravano and Renee Graziano will be there, and her four kids have been supportive of the relationship.
“People should find their own way of love. I hope this inspires other people. We are praying for the best,” Rizzo told us yesterday. “If you love somebody before they got kicked down, why wouldn’t you love them after?”She added, “Maybe the key to a happy marriage is not having a husband in your face all the time.”