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An allegedly dementia-riddled Queens woman left her nearly $6 million estate to the sons of a disgraced Bronx Congressman, and her family is demanding answers.
Manhattan lawyer Mario Biaggi Jr. — whose late father and namesake served 19 years in the House of Representatives before he was convicted in a pair of corruption scandals — insists he’s done nothing wrong handling the affairs of Lucy Petretti.
Longtime Whitestone resident Petretti, who died in July 2020 at age 90 without any children, owned two commercial properties in the neighborhood which had been in her family for decades.
The lots on Powells Cove Boulevard sold for a whopping $6.3 million earlier this year, as a fight over control of Petretti’s estate winds through Queens Surrogate Court.
Petretti was suffering from “progressive dementia and had taken a dramatic turn for the worse” when she signed the 2018 will bequeathing her estate to the Biaggis, her family charges in court papers.
“She was confused, had memory loss and behavioral disturbances … was paranoid and refused to take her medication,” the relatives contend in the legal filing.
Petretti’s memory was so bad, she thought her brother Raymond died in 2017 — a full decade after his actual death — “and she held a funeral service for him as if he had just died,” her family said.
Petretti’s niece, Barbara O’Flynn, even called the city Department of Adult Protective Services in June 2019 about her aunt — which prompted an investigation of Mario Biaggi Jr., he claims in his own Manhattan Supreme Court lawsuit. Biaggi wasn’t charged.
Biaggi accused O’Flynn of having a “malicious motive” for making the call. He said he and his brother Richard were friends with the Petretti family for “half a century” and slammed Petretti’s niece with a $1.5 million defamation suit in Manhattan Supreme Court last week.
“I didn’t do anything wrong here,” he told The Post. “She wanted to say that her aunt wasn’t properly cared for, that she wasn’t getting medical attention. That’s totally not true, I have all the medical records.”
He said Petretti knew what she was doing when she made her 2018 will, calling claims about her mental state “total garbage,” he added.
“I was just being a decent person doing what I was supposed to do for a lady I’d known since I was 6-years-old,” he said.
Biaggi has it all wrong, said O’Flynn’s lawyer. The Florida woman had questions about the care her aunt was getting, called Biaggi, “and didn’t get answers, and all she wanted to do was get information through APS,” her attorney, Harvey Corn, said.
Petretti bequeathed about $37,000 in modest amounts to friends, charitable organizations and O’Flynn, who is due $10,000 under the 2018 will, while the Biaggi brothers are to equally split whatever is left.
Richard Biaggi, also an attorney, recalled in an August court filing how the families spent dozens of holidays and celebrations together as well as “numerous summer days on the Petretti’s family’s boat, fishing under the Whitestone and Throgs Neck Bridges and beyond” with Lucy’s brothers.
“All those times [Lucy] would pack our Italian lunches and frequently have pasta waiting for us upon our return,” said Richard, father of state Sen. Alessandra Biaggi, in the court filing. Alessandra is currently running for Congress as a woke progressive.
It wasn’t until a Sunday dinner in 2004 that Petretti and her brother Raymond discussed their estates with the Biaggis, Richard claimed.
By: Ny Post
20-year NYPD veteran retires by giving the department the finger
A 20-year decorated veteran of the NYPD celebrated Independence Day a little early by retiring and giving the department the finger — literally.
Thomas J. Gambardella, 41, of Staten Island, posted a photo on Facebook of himself flipping the bird at a memorial inside NYPD headquarters, while wearing a T-shirt reading “Let’s Go Brandon,” following his official retirement from the force two weeks ago.
The statue Gambardella took aim at depicts a police officer watching over the child of a slain cop.
“I’m officially retired today!” he wrote in a post at the time. “From this sorry excuse of a s–t job. Thank God, I’m free at last!… I loved everyone I worked with and ‘some’ of the people I’ve worked for. But this job is no one’s friend. Time to live free. I’ll see you all out there!”
Gambardella, who was most recently a detective sergeant, told The Post on Saturday that he loved his job when he started out — but the gig turned “s–t” due to the city’s increasingly soft-on-crime policies.
“I was a true believer,” Gambardella, who comes from a police family, said of his early years on the beat. “I wasn’t a bag of s–t. I worked some intricate details. I gave a lot of my blood, sweat and tears. But no more.”
A combination of increasingly liberal policies and what he said was the NYPD’s stranglehold over every aspect of his life led him to sour on the gig.
“It’s the worst f–king job in the world,” Gambardella said. “They own you. They’re not your friends. All that talk about the ‘big blue family.’ They don’t care. If I die tomorrow they wouldn’t give a sh-t. If I needed something it ain’t gonna happen. I’m better off just saying a prayer.”
The potty-mouthed former officer said he was disgusted by the increased hostility toward police, calls to defund the NYPD and crackdowns on what cops could or could not do.
“Crime is soaring and cops are leaving in droves,” Gambardella said. “Anybody can see that. All this liberalism is obviously a failure. But this is what they wanted. It’s a stupid experiment and it’s the people who will pay in the end.”
Gambardella said he has gotten some backlash to his posts and photos, though not much.
“I have a disease,” he said. “It’s called diarrhea of the mouth. People who know me know I’m like this. I don’t cower down.”
Gambardella, who is divorced with three kids, said cops were treated well under Mayor Michael Bloomberg and former police commissioner Ray Kelly, and that the public was better off with them, too.
“The minute they stopped the quality of life enforcement that was the beginning of the end,” he said. “Just having people know they could get a response from a noise complaint was a big deal. But that’s all long gone.”
Gambardella, who said he was named Officer of the Year in 2006 when he worked in the 68th precinct in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, joined the force in July 2002. He was most recently in the detective squad at the 70th precinct in Kensington.
According to city records, he made $164,000 last year.
More than 2,119 NYPD officers have either resigned or retired so far this year – on pace to be the biggest exodus of officers since the statistics have been available.
Some 524 cops have resigned and 1,072 have retired as of May 31, NYPD pension stats obtained by The Post last month showed. In June alone, 523 officers left, with 400 retiring and 123 resigning, the most resignations in a single month in at least a decade.
Of the 2,119 who are leaving, 1,472 are retiring and 647 are resigning, a 38% spike over the previous record of 1,535 for the first six months of 2020, the attrition numbers show.
“The majority of officers who are retire are proud of their careers and their service with the NYPD,” a high-ranking police source told The Post when asked about Gambardella.
Several current and retired NYPD detectives said they were stung and angered by seeing the photo of Gambardella giving the finger to the memorial statue at One Police Plaza.
One retired NYPD detective said that officers will often buy miniature versions of the statue for families of slain police officers with the officer’s shield number on it.
By: Ny Post
Cristiano Ronaldo tells Manchester United he wants to leave
Cristiano Ronaldo’s Manchester United return could prove to be short-lived.
Just 11 months after Ronaldo was triumphantly announced at Old Trafford, the Portuguese superstar has told the club he would like to leave if they receive a strong enough offer, per multiple reports, after United failed to qualify for the Champions League last season.
Ronaldo scored 24 goals in all competitions to lead United, but the campaign was largely a disaster, as the club was sixth in the Premier League — tied for its second-worst finish of the Premier League Era — and lost in the Champions League Round of 16, failing to secure any trophies. Ronaldo, who came to United at the last minute after being linked to Manchester City, struggled to fit within Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s system before Solsjkaer was replaced by the polarizing Ralf Ragnick.
According to The Athletic, newly minted Chelsea owner Todd Boehly met with Ronaldo’s agent, Jorge Mendes, last week to discuss the idea of him playing in London. The website also named Bayern Munich and Napoli as potential suitors, while Paris Saint-Germain is not considered interested.
Ronaldo reportedly has a year left on his deal with United, which does not view him as being for sale, according to The Athletic.
A five-time Ballon D’Or winner, Ronaldo’s 141 Champions League goals are the most of any player. If he is with United next season, it will be the first year in which he won’t take part in the top European competition since 2002-03, when he was 17 years old and playing for Portugal’s Sporting Lisbon.
By: Ny Post
Off-duty NYC cop shot, robbed of motorcycle in The Bronx
An off-duty NYPD auxiliary sergeant was shot in the leg as three masked bandits robbed him of his motorcycle in The Bronx early Saturday, police said.
The 23-year-old was on his 2017 white Kawasaki motorcycle when he was surrounded by the masked thieving trio on Independence Avenue between West 27th and West 239th Streets at around 4:30 a.m., cops said.
The auxiliary officer was shot in the left leg during the robbery. The suspects snatched his bag and cellphone before taking off on his ride and at least one other motorcycle, the NYPD and police sources said.
The victim was taken by EMS to St. Barnabas Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
There were no arrests. Police did not provide a description of the suspects, who fled in an unknown direction.
By: Ny Post
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