To wit, consider:
Matilda Cuomo (ńee Raffa), Gov. Mario Cuomos wife, is the daughter of the late Mary Raffa (ńee Gitto). The Raffa family and the Gitto family have long lineages in Sicily, and extensive ties to the Sicilian Mafia. Sicilian mafioso Francesco Gitto, Mary Raffas nephew and Matildas first cousin, was murdered in the 1980s. His killers were never prosecuted. Its known that Francesco Gitto owned a home in Sicily that housed a bustling and lucrative heroin refinery.
Charles Raffa, Matildas father, arrived in the United States in 1927 penniless and left an estate of over $13 million at his death some 60 years later. Mr. Raffas hard work and business acumen may explain his success, as his defenders claim, but no one seems to want to explain why, late in life, he was nearly beaten to death on one of his properties. Mr. Raffa was unable to identify his attackers to police, who were rumored to be henchmen delivering a message over an arson dispute, and no one was ever prosecuted for a vicious crime against the father-in-law of the then sitting Governor of New York, and the father of a Long Island Assistant District Attorney. Mr. Raffa never fully recovered from the incident and died four years later at the age of 84. A bitter feud erupted among his children over the distribution of his estate.
Attorney Mario Cuomo represented a group of junkyard owners who sued to protect their property from Shea Stadium developers when the stadium was in its planning stage. One of the junkyard owners was Joseph Joey Narrows Laratro, a capo in the Lucchese crime family. Cuomo won the case and said he never got paid for the work. Why would an attorney allow a client to avoid payment? Usually, attorneys sue for non-payment, and very, very rarely do they lose. Why didnt Cuomo choose to sue if he never got compensated for legitimate work?
Steven Bruno Raffa was an underboss for the Santo Trafficante, Jr. crime syndicate in Tampa and south Florida. His origins trace back to the same Raffa family in Sicily that produced Charles Raffa. Steven Raffa began his career in crime in the Lucchese crime family in New York.
Gov. Mario Cuomo was asked by a reporter, on camera in front of the Javits Center in NYC in 1986, to comment on a Mafia trial then in the news. Gov. Cuomo said, Mafia? Thats a word invented by people. Its a lot of baloney.
Taking the above into account, which undoubtedly is only a part of the story, is it really plausible to assert that Mario Cuomo had no mob ties? I think not.
Mario Cuomo made many boneheaded decisions in his day, from precipitously and unnecessarily shutting down the Shoreham Nuclear Plant to attempting to wreck eastern Long Island by building a bridge to Connecticut across the Long Island Sound. His rhetoric was often sappy, but, admittedly, sometimes eloquent, too. His decisions were roundly abysmal.
Andrew Cuomo recently made a decision about New York enterprise that well describes his attitude towards prosperity and jobs, and also the rigor of his inquiry into complex matters of science, much in the tradition of his father. On the basis of no compelling evidence, he banned fracking in New York State. When asked why he did it, he said his top scientific advisor told him he wouldnt let his kids grow up near a fracking site, and the Governor said that was all he needed to hear.
It turns out the scientist has no kids, but whatever.