Only in Russia…er, Yonkers.
The Spano supporters– identified as Steve Wilgermein, who is Spano’s nephew and Julio Sophia– apparently were displeased when they saw the Ramondelli volunteer, Joseph Dalli, standing in front of Shoprite on Tuckahoe Road, collecting ballot signatures for an independent “Cut My Taxes” line.
Sophia allegedly threatened Dalli, then grabbed the petitions from his hands and fled down the road to an awaiting get-away car– a Mercedes Benz sedan. The petitions had 250 signatures.
This was apparently the second incident involving the Ramondelli campaign and Spano operatives. Two weeks ago, Wilgermein had approached another Ramondelli campaign worker, Devon O’Rourke and allegedly threatened him, too.
After yesterday’s altercation, Dalli called the police. But that wasn’t all Dalli did. Early this morning, he logged onto to Spano’s Facebook page, clicked on “Friends” and found Julio Sophia’s photo.
“That’s the guy who did it!” Dalli said. It was like he picked the guy out of a police lineup.
Even more hilarious, when the Ramondelli team went onto Sophia’s Facebook page, they found enough material for a Spano family reunion, including photos. Sophia also posted his own mugshot from a 1993 arrest in New Rochelle. It’s not clear why he was arrested, but it was evidently a source of pride.
In a statement, Ramondelli said: “This is not the old Soviet Union, it’s time that the politics of Yonkers stops being controlled by criminal thugs who think they can cling to power by threats and intimidation.”