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Scrapyard owned by the Gotti family sued by New York State for spewing pollution and toxic waste

 LSM Auto Parts is accused of releasing toxic waste.

Firms owned by the Gotti family have been sued by state officials for allegedly releasing dangerous chemicals and toxic ooze from a scrapyard they operate in Queens.

The case was filed by state Attorney General Letitia James and environmental officials named LSM Auto Parts & Recycling, Liberty Scrap Metal Inc., BGN  Real Estate LLC and Three Sons Real Estate Group as defendants.

Carmine Gotti Agnello Jr., the grandson of the late Gambino mob boss John Gotti, is one of the owners of the Jamaica-based LSM Auto Parts & Recycling at 155-11 Liberty Avenue, the AG’s office said.

BGN Real Estate and Three Sons Real Estate Group, which owns the property of the scrapyard, is owned by Victoria Gotti, John Gotti’s daughter and mother of Carmine, according to the 34-page suit filed by the AG’s office in State Supreme Court, Queens.

“If you make a mess, you clean it up. Most learn this old adage before they speak their first words, but it’s clear LSM never did. Instead, LSM flouted our environmental protection laws and mismanaged toxic chemicals and pollutants which pose a serious, long-term threat,” James said in a statement. 

State Department of Environmental Commissioner Basil Seggos claimed the Gotti-owned firms ignored repeated requests to clean up the pollutants and violated a slew of laws in what is considered an “environmental justice” area populated by disadvantaged New Yorkers.

“Violations of New York state’s environmental laws and regulations are serious offenses that not only threaten our natural resources but also put a heavy burden on communities near non-compliant businesses,” said Seggos, a plaintiff in the case.

“The daily operations at LSM Auto Parts and its unremedied oil spills led to contaminated runoff that threatens the environment and the community. Despite DEC’s ongoing outreach to take proper steps for cleanup, the owners are unresponsive and continue to operate with blatant disregard for the environment and the local community.” 

It’s not the first time the Gottis have been in hot water for illegal actions at the scrapyard. 


Carmine Gotti Agnello Jr. — who, along with his two brothers, starred in the reality show “Growing Up Gotti’’ 14 years ago — was busted in 2018 on charges of crushing cars without a license and falsifying business records. 

Like his grandfather, he had a touch of Teflon. Carmine copped a plea to reduced misdemeanor charges — dodging prison time — in exchange for a $1,000 fine and a forfeiture of $4,605 in ill-gotten gains.

The 34-page suit released Tuesday said state and city environmental officials received complaints about runoff of contaminants oozing into the street from the Gotti scrapyard, while inspections from 2018 to 2021 found a sheen of engine and oil fluids throughout the property.

In June of 2021, DEC officials reported receiving a phone call from Victoria Gotti, who is listed on records as the owner or contact for the property, admitting that the salvage yard was in “poor shape” and that it may need to be paved over with concrete, the suit said.

But DEC officials warned not to pave over the yard without first cleaning up pollutants.

The Gottis had no immediate comment.



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