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Louis Gigante, Bronx priest and brother of mob boss, dead at 90

The Bronx priest whose brother was oddball Genovese crime-family boss Vincent “The Chin’’ Gigante has died at age 90. 

The Rev. Louis Gigante, who as soon as headed up the South East Bronx Community Organization and served as a metropolis councilman within the Nineteen Seventies, was recognized for his vociferous protection of his Mafioso brother.

Louis Gigante, who died final week, was described by The Post in 1975 as a “priest who plays power politics instead of bingo.”

At the time, he informed The Post his old-school party-machine politics have been “a question of energy.

“People have to eat,” Louis stated.

Born the youngest of 5 boys to immigrant Italian dad and mom, Gigante grew up along with his household in Greenwich (*90*). His older brothers went on to develop into mobsters, with Vinnie rising via the ranks of the Genovese crime household to steer the group for many years.

The mumbling, pajama-wearing, Greenwich (*90*)-walking don died in jail in 2005 after his conviction on prices of racketeering and conspiracy to kill rival mob boss John Gotti.

Presiding over his brother’s funeral Mass, Louis Gigante stated Vinnie “lived a Christian life and was a good man.”

Louis Gigante, a Bronx priest and brother of mobster Vincent “The Chin’’ Gigante, passed away at the age of 90.
Louis Gigante, a Bronx priest and brother of mobster Vincent “The Chin’’ Gigante, handed away at the age of 90.
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Vinnie Gigante became the head of the Genovese crime family.
Vinnie Gigante turned the pinnacle of the Genovese crime household.
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Louis Gigante defended his brother throughout his trial — at which the mob boss would typically seem confused — telling reporters that “The Chin” had suffered from a degenerative brain situation for the reason that ’70s.

When a Mafia turncoat informed the feds that Louis Gigante himself was a made man — testimony the informant later denied at trial — the priest was dismissive.

“Not a bad movie, but even Hollywood doesn’t go that far,” Louis quipped to the Post in 1997.

Gigante ran the South East Bronx Community Organization and served as a city councilman at one point.
Gigante ran the South East Bronx Community Organization and served as a metropolis councilman at one level.
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Gigante defended his brother claiming he
Gigante defended his brother claiming he “lived a Christian life and was a good man” at his funeral mass.
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As head of SEBCO, Louis Gigante was instrumental within the revitalization of one of essentially the most impoverished sections of The Bronx, bringing relative security and stability to a neighborhood that had actually been in ruins.

But his success there caught the attention of authorities investigators within the Nineteen Nineties, who suspected the involvement of Genovese-connected contractors in SEBCO’s rebuilding efforts. No prices have been ever filed towards Louis Gigante or his group.

Louis made headlines within the Eighties as properly — when he used $25,000 of his personal money to bail out one of the so-called “Central Park Five,” a bunch of youngsters arrested, falsely convicted and finally exonerated for the brutal rape of a Manhattan jogger.

Gigant was described by The Post in 1975 as a
Gigant was described by The Post in 1975 as a “priest who plays power politics instead of bingo.”
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“Everyone who’s so filled with anger about these suspects should ask themselves, ‘what if this were my son, wouldn’t I want him helped?’ ” the priest stated at the time.

He additionally ended up within the information final year when he was slapped with lawsuits accusing him of sexually assaulting a 9-year-old boy within the Nineteen Seventies and a 10-year-old woman within the Nineteen Sixties. He didn’t touch upon the 2 fits at the time. Both lawsuits have been nonetheless pending at the time of his loss of life, the New York Times said.

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