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Mob figure Vincent Asaro charged in '78 Lufthansa heist

vincent asaro

(Credit: FBI agents escort Vincent Asaro, middle front, from FBI offices. (Charles Eckert))

An alleged Bonanno family capo from Howard Beach was charged Thursday with participating in the legendary $6 million Lufthansa heist at JFK Airport, making him the first mob figure indicted in the 1978 robbery chronicled in the hit movie "Goodfellas."

Vincent Asaro, 79, became involved in the Lufthansa theft - at the time the largest cash robbery in U.S. history - through his close...

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Van Bramer chosen to be Council's majority leader

Jimmy Van Bramer

(Credit: Jimmy Van Bramer (Getty))

City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer will be the representative of the Democrats at City Hall.

City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito chose the Sunnyside representative to be the majority leader Wednesday during the council's meeting where committee memberships were doled out. Van Bramer, 44, said he was honored to be second in command on the council.

"It has always been my goal to play...

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