Republican 'mob' war for McMahon's seat

The Staten Island Republican primary to choose a candidate to compete for Vito Fossella's former seat, currently held by Democrat Michael McMahon, may take place between Michael Allegretti, the 31-year-old scion of a Bay Ridge family whose family business was investigated for ties to the Gambino family, and Michael Grimm, a 39-year-old former FBI agent who was involved in that investigation, according to the New York Post.

Michael Allegretti's family business, Bayside Fuel Oil Corporation, at one time one of the largest private businesses in the city, was barred from doing business with city agencies during the 90s because one of its salesman was thought to be a capo with the Gambino crime family. Joseph Corrao later pleaded guilty to federal racketeering charges.

Allegretti fils, apparently, didn't hold a grudge. He campaigned for Giuliani during the primaries in New Hampshire last year. Allegretti has also worked for Marty Golden, on the '04 Republican Convention, and on the '05 Bloomberg campaign. He works now as an environmental lawyer.

Bayside, which had two terminals on the Gowanus Canal, may be on the hook for part of the clean up if the feds do decide to designate it a Super Fund site.

Staten Island resident Grimm is backed by Island eminence Guy Molinari, although Molinari's influential self-named political organization hasn't endorsed yet.

Grimm agrees with Allegretti that his family's business troubles, which took place when he was 14, are irrelevant to the race. Allegretti says that the Democrats are pushing the story.

Thus far, the story has appeared in liberal strongholds the NY Post and the Daily News.


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