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Daily Archives: July 14th, 2009

*Oct 25*

      Tuesday, July 14th 2009, 4:00 AM

 George    Barone

A crusty octogenarian mob snitch took the witness stand in Brooklyn Federal Court Monday, cursing and lecturing the prosecutor on why the Genovese crime family took over the longshoremen’s union.

“So we could make money! Is that a good enough answer for you?” snapped the 85-year-old  “Crissakes!”

Frail and deaf, Barone was mad that a laptop computer that he needs to read the prosecutor’s questions was set up directly in front of him

Once settled in, Barone testified in a steady voice against Genovese capo Michael (Mikey Cigars) Coppola, charged with the 1977 murder of John (Coca Cola) Lardiere.

Barone, a prolific killer and founder of the Hell’s Kitchen gang The Jets – the model for the “West Side Story” gang – played a key role when the Genovese and Gambino crime families carved up the waterfront.
“There have always been gangs on the docks, Mr. Prosecutor,” Barone said, addressing Assistant U.S. Attorney Jack Dennehy.
“I was in La Cosa Nostra and we told the [shipping] companies what to do or else we just didn’t cooperate with them. We made millions. Millions! End of statement,” he said.
He struggled to recall when he had met the murder victim. “I’m 85-1/2, for Crissakes! This was 60 years ago.”
Despite fits of grouchiness, Barone apologized for his “vernacular” after describing a top union official as “no f—–g good.”