One of the 62 reputed Gambino wiseguys busted by the feds last week dished up political campaign money along with the oysters and rigatoni at his popular Brooklyn eatery.
'WISEGUY' DISHED OUT CAMPAIGN $$ TO POLS
Joseph Chirico, 63, owner of the Marco Polo Ristorante on Court Street in Carroll Gardens, last June gave $4,950 to Borough President Marty Markowitz, who is said to be weighing a mayoral run in 2009.
Markowitz expressed surprise at the allegations against a man he called a friend.
"I know there are many people who live two lives, but I'd be shocked if this winds up being true. He is such a caring man," said the Brooklyn beep, who is barred by term limits from seeking re-election.
"I obviously am unaware if Joe is involved in any of the allegations being leveled against him, but I do know he has been a great friend, a partner for many Brooklyn events and a prince among men," Markowitz said.
"He has done too much good for Brooklyn for me to be wishy washy when it comes to speaking about his character. I always stand by my friends and I pray he is ultimately proven innocent."