Mary Sansone, matriarch of NYC politics, dies at 101

The beloved Italian-American godmother of New York was celebrated for her grass roots politics.

Mary Sansone, the 101-year-old Italian matriarch of New York politics, died Monday.

Sansone launched the New Era Democratic Club in Brooklyn, and also created the Coalition of Italian-American Organizations.

The godmother of the Big Apple supported politicians on both sides of the aisle.

She backed Republicans, like Mike Bloomberg and Rudy Giuliani for mayor, and also endorsed Democrat Mario Cuomo for governor.

Bloomberg told the press on Tuesday it was she who gave him the credibility he needed to mount a serious run for mayor in 2001.

In a political climate strangled by division and polarization, her independent club sewed unity and promoted bipartisan solutions.

She’ll be greatly missed.

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