The ruthless and depraved world
of Anthony Mangone, a key and central figure in the government’s alleged
Yonkers bribery and corruption charges is analogous to Dante’s journey to Hell as
depicted in the “Inferno”. Yonkers
Tribune has learned that Mangone’s world has consumed by suicide the son of
Mangone’s one-time law partner Michael Santangelo. Mangone’s “inferno” is no “Divine Comedy”, instead, it has
snuffed out a troubled innocent child, the progeny of a one-time partner in the
now-defunct Servino, Santangelo & Randazzo law firm in which Anthony
Mangone was to become the partner to Michael Santangelo. Lest some forget, Anthony Manone's younger brother, Michael J. Mangone met his demise in an auto accident in Florida.
The frighteningly dark shadows
cast by Servino, Santangelo & Randazzo reached far and wide throughout
Westchester County and the Boroughs of The Bronx and Queens. The firm was
considered family to accused mafia associates it represented. Anthony Mangone
had admitted his involvement in vote-rigging schemes, facilitating bribes in a
land swap deal, and his alleged irregular conduct as a lobbyist representing
Election Systems and Software of Omaha, Nebraska.
While Mr Mangone stands accused
of bribing a former Yonkers City Councilwoman, he was permitted time to “chill”
in Florida before returning to New York City to face federal charges against
him. In the meanwhile Mr Mangone’s former partner, Mr Santangelo’s 16-year-old
son has taken his life by his own hand.
Mr. Michael Santangelo made
headlines when his wife, Lisa Santangelo, was caught cheating with Al Pirro,
then the husband of Westchester County District Attorney Jeanine Pirro. Mr.
Michael Santangelo was so enraged by his wife’s conduct, especially after its
being made public, it has been conjectured that his rage over the affair was
the catalyst that drove him to tell the Office of the U.S. Attorney of the
“dirty” and unbecoming conduct of Westchester politics and the courthouse.
Once Servino departed the firm
for a position with the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office, Anthony
Mangone became a partner in the firm thereafter known as Santangello, Randazzo
The firm would soon earn
sweetheart legal contracts with several municipalities in Putnam County. It was
those deals and allegations of others by Anthony Mangone that would lead to Senator
Vincent Leibell eventually pleading guilty to corruption charges.
From the witness stand of the
Hon. Colleen McMahon’s courtroom, Mr. Mangone testified Santangello, Randazzo
& Mangone were pressured to employ Senator Thomas Libous’ son Matthew
Libous at a yearly salary of $150,000 plus benefits. The cost was too high for
the firm Mangone said, alleging Sen. Libous advised him he would pay the costs
to employ his son to the law firm through a dummy corporation. This allegation
has yet to be determined in a court of law.
The “Inferno” [ Italian for
“Hell”] defines Anthony Mangone’s life around the nine concentric circles that
The First Circle (Limbo) finds Mangone uncertain of his
direction in life.
The Second Circle (Lust) defines his desires.
Circle (Gluttony) serves his ravenous appetite for no good.
The Fourth Circle
(Greed) finds him engaged in games of chance and gambling.
The Fifth Circle
(Anger) defines his rage and instability in temperament.
The Sixth Circle
(Heresy) when he tells all who would listen that which is true or not.
Seventh Circle (Violence) such as would cause an innocent 16-year-old boy to commit
The Eighth Circle (Fraud) such as is to be proven his alleged role in
the electronic ballot machines.
The Ninth Circle (Treachery) defines his
deliberate breach and violation of trust that is equaled by his gall to go
unpunished and unscathed as his calamitous ways cause destruction in his wake.
Perhaps only now can it be said
that Anthony Mangone will have crossed The River Styx without a coin in his
mouth to pay the enormous toll he has exacted by his perfidy. No amount of lentil soup will help now.