Mary Sansone, godmother of New York politics, dies at 101

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Mary Sansone, godmother of New York politics, dies at 101
Mary Sansone (right) being embraced by Rudy Giuliani.

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

Sansone founded the New Era Democratic Club in Brooklyn with her husband, Zachary. She also created the Coalition of Italian-American Organizations.

But the name of her political club didn’t stop her from endorsing Republicans, including Rudy Giuliani and Mike Bloomberg, for mayor.

She also backed Republican George Pataki as well as Democrat Mario Cuomo for governor.

In fact, her club referred to itself an “independent political organization.”

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Sansone (left) with George Pataki (center) and Hugh Carey following…

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