Mario Biaggi, former congressman from NYC, dies at 97

Jun 26, 2015 1360

By Karen Matthews

Mario Biaggi, a former 19-year congressman whose career ended in disgrace after a pair of corruption convictions, has died. He was 97. Biaggi died Wednesday at his Bronx home, said Mortimer Matz, his longtime spokesman.

A highly decorated New York City police officer prior to his political career, Biaggi was first elected to the House of Representatives in 1968 from a Bronx district later redrawn to include a portion of Yonkers. He was easily re-elected nine times, but his political career began unraveling in the mid-1980s amid corruption allegations.

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