After Snow Fell, Mayor Dined At The House The Tax Cheat Built–The Kettle Black
Has the Kettle been cursed?
That must a suspicion shared by Thomas Casatelli, owner of the conspicuous Kettle Black Bar, which has been the source of tremendous controversy this year.
Yesterday, Mr. Casatelli pleaded guilty to scamming the government out of $1 Million in taxes. This came just shortly after the Mayor himself made a somewhat curious appearance at the Bay Ridge haunt.
Here is the story from The Post:
The tax pot was calling at Kettle Black.
The principal owner of the popular Brooklyn bar Kettle Black pleaded guilty yesterday to scamming the state and city out of more than $1 million in taxes.
Former firefighter Thomas Casatelli, 40, admitted using a variety of scams to cheat the government over a five-year period, including paying employees off the books, pocketing sales-tax money and filing false returns.
“By failing to pay his taxes, the defendant stole from the pockets of honest taxpayers,” said Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr.
Under the terms of his deal, Casatelli will pay $1.3 million in restitution and do 90 days in jail.
Casatelli retired from the FDNY in 2004 after a career that included his being honored at the department’s annual Medal Day in June 2001. Three months later, the decorated firefighter was a first responder at the World Trade Center.
He declined comment on his legal problems.
His bar made headlines in April, when a group of off-duty cops and firefighters — and several relatives of state Sen. Marty Golden — were involved in a fracas there.
As if that wasn’t enough publicity, this photo recently surfaced on the internet along with a host of others:
Tempest in a teapot–I mean, Kettle–or serious political intrigue?
Those were the choices presented to us upon being sent this photo by multiple Republican insiders. The image shows Mr. Bloomberg digging into soup at the now infamous Kettle Black that state Senator Marty Golden’s relatives were found brawling in not too long ago. You can see the snow on the streets from the Monday after the storm.
In case you forgot the details of the incident at the Kettle Black, click here.
The Kettle Black Fiasco has been a major black eye for Marty Golden, particularly for his perceived or potential influence on the criminal cases involving his relatives (and maybe more?).
Recently, we noted how the media has been asleep at the switch regarding the incident and how they are barely covering the story.
Then, this photo comes along of Sen. Golden and the Bay Ridge/Brooklyn GOP’s old pal Mayor Bloomberg (who received Wilson Pakula support last election from Brooklyn Republicans for money) making an appearance at the very place where Golden’s relatives were caught in a bloody, newsworthy brawl…
Is that not weird?
At the very least, you have to ask: what is it about this place that attracts so much political attention?
I mean, it could just be the soup.
But honestly, what is going on between the local politicians and the Kettle Black?
Something doesn’t smell right… but we don’t know just what it is.
Was Bloomberg there to talk politics? If so, with whom? Is Bloomberg inserting himself into the Kettle Black story trying to help let it slip quietly into the night?
Or is this all much ado about nothing?
We shall see.