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After Snow Fell, Mayor Dined At The House The Tax Cheat Built–The Kettle Black

December 30, 2010

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.

  1. Bloom or Bust? permalink
    December 30, 2010 2:19 pm

    Bloomberg failed miserably at this snow disaster.

  2. Rudolph permalink
    December 30, 2010 4:09 pm

    This was a great piece, putting two newsworthy events into one story. Why can’t the media get to the bottom of stories like these? Instead they sit on the sidelines and watch for the blogs to make moves. Thank you Atlas Shrugs for keeping us in the loop and asking serious political questions.

  3. Gerry permalink
    December 30, 2010 5:47 pm

    Bloomberg is, to use a popular expression of status quo local Republicans, a douchebag.

  4. Connections and connections and connections... permalink
    December 31, 2010 12:12 am

    Mike Bloomberg and The Kettle Black and Thomas Casatelli, and on and on and on. The pebble hits the pond and the water ripples. Golden and Manning and Mayor Bloomberg, and on and on and on…

    Pontic and Casatelli and Golden, and Pontic and Casatelli and missing video.

    There now seems to be only one degree of separation between Bloomberg and Golden and the Kettle Black scandal of April 2010 — but that’s all that there ever was!

  5. December 31, 2010: The Ultimate Day In State Senator Golden's Penultimate Term permalink
    December 31, 2010 2:56 pm

    It’s New Years Eve, time for “Out with the Old — In with the New”

    Unfortunately, mostly thanks to deals with the Democratic leadership and several local Democrats, the same can’t be said for the NY State Senator from the 22nd S.D., Martin Golden, R.I.N.O.

    But many of us think that better times are coming. We believe that 2011 will mark the beginning of Martin Golden’s last term in the New York State Senate. We will be giving detailed reasons and explanations for this at regular intervals in ASIB over about the next twenty months. Here’s a taste:
    Reason #1 that tomorrow is the beginning of State Senator Golden’s last term in the State Senate: The post-Christmas 2010 Snow Cleanup story again linked Martin Golden to the botched snow removal job since December 26, 2010 and to his own Kettle Black scandal. (This was done by Mayor Bloomberg being at the Kettle Black looking out at Bay Ridge snow removal, or the lack thereof, while reportedly Kettle Black “owner” Thomas Casatelli, buddy to Golden and Golden’s staff, was facing a million dollar tax rap. Connections — connections — connections!!!!)
    So in our view, that makes today the last day of Martin’s next to last term — “The Ultimate Day of Martin’s Penultimate Term” (btw, Eaton just loves this kind of word play).

    Disclaimer: “Brought to you by representatives of the Real-Republican Wing of the so-called Brooklyn GOP; and of many people that want a Real-Republican majority in the New York State Senate not a R.I.N.O. majority.”

  6. December 31, 2010 4:04 pm

    Bravo, Atlas!

    We were cooking up a very similar article but will now simply link to yours.

    You know what they say about great minds…

  7. Maya Krinski permalink
    January 6, 2011 7:54 pm

    Bloomberg’s approval drops to all-time low!

    Just 37% of city voters approve of Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and more than half think the city is headed in the “wrong direction,” according to a Marist poll published late Thursday.

  8. Marcus permalink
    January 8, 2011 10:43 am

    This is worth posting here for ASIB readers.

    Relatives are outraged that the Department of Sanitation accumulated so much snow at Washington Cemetery in Brooklyn that loved ones’ tombstones were toppled. NY1’s Vivian Lee filed the following report.

  9. Elsewhere in Bay Ridge the snow was hardly removed and the garbage became mountainous permalink
    January 8, 2011 11:26 am

    One garbage collection since Christmas… Large walls of garbage outside several apartment buildings…

    Icy snow still in the crosswalks… about a third to a half the parking spaces still blocked by mounds of snow…

    In several locations “Parked cars” (sometimes trucks doing deliveries)in the double-parked lanes, narrowing 3rd an 5th Avenues to a narrow shared single lane for two-way traffic…

    It’s January 8, 2010, 12+ days post-snowstorm.

    Just a great job all around here in bay Ridge, Mr. Mayor.

  10. ASIB reader and GOPer from Little Neck, Queens 11362 permalink
    January 9, 2011 11:18 am

    In northeast Queens we haven’t had any garbage collection since before Christmas.

    It’s a disgrace.

    We have lodas of regular garbage and recyclables piling up for almost two weeks now. No garbage pick-ups at all.

    Everyone should flood 311 with complaint calls about the non-garbage collections.
    We more calls that flood into 311 the better Mayor Bloomberg and City Government will get the message!

    We must sound the trumpet of our disgust, dismay and frustration!

    In addition, also contact the NYC Public Advocate with complaints.

    The job of the Public Advocate is, most fundamentally, that of a watchdog, ensuring that all New Yorkers receive the City services they deserve and have a voice in shaping the policies of their government.

  11. jay permalink
    March 17, 2011 9:31 am

    whoever wrote this story has prob never been in kettle and never met the ppl who work there. They prob dont kno who the owners are. Your making a judgement from what youve seen in the news. hundreds of bars accross the country have the same problems as kettle has had, is it so unheard of a bar fight?

  12. "jay" or "JQ" or "John Q. Public," do you really want to go there? permalink
    March 17, 2011 11:03 pm

    Does “jay” stand for Joker, because this “jay” must really be one real Punchinello Harlequin Trickster; and he has to be anything but serious. Who or what woke this clown up?

    Could this “jay” be JQ the marble-mouthed ham-handed “spokesman” on the staff of a state senator with a keen interest in this case? That would also be the same JQ who’s apparently well acquainted with Kettle Black “owners”, Tommy Casatelli and Erik Manning. This JQ would also be on close enough terms with Eugene Manning (yes a close fammember of Erik’s) to be at Citifield together last April, a few days before the unfortunateness at “the kettle.” JQ whose on a state senator’s staff and close to Gene Manning, a detective very big in the NYPD City Hall scene, as in one of the Mayor’s Pretorians, would know a lot about the who, what, where, how and why the Mayor was at “the kettle” right around the time “owner” Tommy Casatelli copped to a lot of back tax stuff.

    “jay” tells everybody, “…hundreds of bars accross the country have the same problems as kettle has had…., then askes, “… is it so unheard of a bar fight?”

    Well “jay”, do “hundreds of bars across the country” have a pair of cops and a fireman get cut-up and/or busted up, then reportedly have their bouncers help the alleged perps escape, after the policemen involved have identified themselves as police? “Is it so unheard of that…” their won’t be a trial of the “indicted” alleged perps for at least thirteen months after the bloody mayhem at “the kettle”. Do “hundreds of bars across the country” allegedly have video evidence tampered with right at the bar; and where the person charged with that tampering puts “the owners” of the bar and a state senator related to four of the five alleged perps right in the middle of the tampering; all while all kinds of cops are at the bar “investigating” the assaults on their fellow officers.

    “jay” — “JQ” — “John Q. Public” — or plain old Joker, you’ve got to be kidding right?

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