Former state senator Guy Velella is now serving a jail term of his own, but he’s had several friends who could tell him about life behind bars, including Louis Moscatiello, the insurance broker turned mob labor honcho. Wiretaps from a 1988 state corruption inquiry revealed that Moscatiello oversaw renovation of Velella’s Bronx home and arranged for painting contractors and plumbers at the politician’s Seminole Avenue address. The two men were pals, as the tapes amply illustrated.
Just before St. Patrick’s Day in 1988, Velella was heard urging Moscatiello to join him for a celebration at the Kiwanis Club: “They got a gimmick with St. Patrick’s night. If you finish early you could come over there,” Velella advised. “They’re bringing in a donkey, and they got a couple of girls, a couple of strippers,” he said, as Bill Bastone later reported in the Voice.