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Postby justus608 » Tue Mar 13, 2012 12:03 pm

An enduring Sicilian gangster, long rumored to have helped kill Mafia boss Carmine Galante in one of New York's most storied mob slayings, was hit yesterday with a slew of racketeering charges, including murder. The charges against Baldassare (Baldo) Amato were part of a sweeping federal indictment against 21 associates of the Bonanno, Gambino and Colombo crime familiesall alleged members of a violent Queens gang that wreaked criminal havoc from here to the Catskills. Amato, 47, headed the Giannini crew necklaces & pendants, a gang of "Mafia wanna-bes" that operated out of Caffe Giannini, a Ridgewood, Queens, coffee shop that Amato owned from 1990 to 1994, said Brooklyn U.S. Attorney Zachary Carter. Amato first gained notoriety in 1979, when he was a bodyguard for Galante. Amato was allegedly watching out for Galante when Galante was shot dead on an outdoor patio. Yesterday, Amato was charged with murder, drug dealing, arson, extortion and kidnapping. The murder charge stemmed from the 1992 slay of Sebastiano (Sammy) DiFalco, owner of a Queens restaurant where Amato worked. Amato was detained without bail for a hearing. Trial in rally melee MORE NEWSMANHATTANTwo men on trial for allegedly assaulting police at a controversial Harlem youth rally are victims of a City Hall vendetta, their lawyers told a jury yesterday. But prosecutors charged that Patrice Peterson, 22, and James Washington, 51, both of Brooklyn moncler maya, waged unprovoked attacks on cops in the final frenzied moments of last summer's Million Youth March. Assistant District Attorney Mercinth Pearce urged jurors to ignore efforts to put the Giuliani administration on trial. Defense lawyer Roger Wareham said Peterson and Washington defended themselves when "confronted with a large Moncler Jackets Kid, aggressive and hostile police presence." Outside court, Million Youth March organizer Khalid Abdul Muhammad announced plans for a repeat gathering during Labor Day weekend. Salvatore Arena and Michael R. Blood Working a crowd MANHATTANRockefeller Center area workers were given maps yesterday to show them how to get around the throng expected this morning for a free outdoor performance by singer Ricky Martin. The "Livin' La Vida Loca" heartthrob will sing outside NBC's "Today" show studios about 8 a.m. The outdoor viewing area holds about 1,200 peoplebut police were bracing for thousands more swooning fans to jam the 27-year-old former Menudo star's outdoor gig. Motorists were advised to avoid the area as cops mulled closing 48th St. between Fifth and Sixth Aves. Bill Hutchinson


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