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Frattini/NewsMobster George Barone (l.), with attorney William B. Mischo, prior to going before Waterfront Commission in 1959.

 George Barone, a Genovese organized crime family enforcer preferred the direct approach to problem-solving.  The mob hit man was responsible for about 20 murders in his long and brutal career on the waterfront. Even those who survived his wrath didn’t escape unscathed – as Harold Daggett could attest. Writes John Marzulli. daily news.

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Barone, during a 1980 meeting with the pushy longshoremen’s union leader, put a loaded gun to Daggett’s head and declared, “I will blow your f—— brains all over the room.”

Daggett wet his pants. Problem solved.

The death last Tuesday of the 86-year-old gangster marked the end of an era: Barone was the main Genovese man on the docks for decades, and a witness to Mafia history.

When his cohorts put a contract on his head, Barone detailed his rich past for prosecutors as one of only three informants ever from his ultra-secretive family.

“He was probably one of the toughest guys that came out of the West Side, and he was proud of being a gangster,” said Kevin McGowan, who helped debrief Barone while working for the Waterfront Commission.

The exact total of Barone’s murders remains a mystery. “I didn’t keep a scorecard,” he famously barked when pressed.

Barone was the son of a dockworker and a child of the Depression, growing up near the Hudson River in Chelsea. He was a bona fide World War II hero, serving with the Marines on Iwo Jima.

After the war, he returned to New York, where he and a running buddy founded the Jets – the gang later immortalized in the musical “West Side Story.”

The real Jets were more about killing than choreography. “We took over the whole West Side and killed a lot of people,” Barone once recalled.

By the mid-1950s, Barone was rubbing elbows with old-school Mafia kingpins like Vito Genovese. He became a close pal of Anthony (Fat Tony) Salerno and a made man at a Harlem ceremony.

Barone was the Genovese rep at the late ’60s sitdown where the New York waterfront, in a decision worthy of Solomon, was peacefully divided in two.

The Gambinos received Staten Island and Brooklyn; the Genoveses got New Jersey and Manhattan, he later testified.

Barone helped bring untold millions into the Genovese coffers. He even landed the son of boss Vincent (The Chin) Gigante a lucrative industry job.

He was also a standup guy who did time from 1983-90 without flipping. But in 2001, after old pal Gigante put a contract on his head, Barone decided to flip. To read more   Click here: Longtime mob hit man sleeps with fishes after decades of terrorizing docks