A Manhattan state justice on Tuesday refused to intervene in a bitter divorce struggle between former U.S. Sen. Alfonse D’Amato and his spouse, Katuria, that mixes allegations about political affect and a gun, after a Nassau state justice final week gave the ex-senator custody of their two youngsters.
The couple’s matrimonial struggles, based on statements in courtroom, surfaced publicly lower than two weeks after Nassau police responded to an early morning name about an intruder at their Lido Seashore house. Katuria D’Amato was briefly hospitalized afterward, her lawyer stated.
Inside days, on Oct. three, Katuria D’Amato petitioned for divorce in Manhattan, utilizing the caption “Nameless v Nameless” to maintain the petition underneath wraps. Alfonse D’Amato then filed papers in Nassau looking for custody and an order of safety towards his spouse, which Katuria D’Amato’s lawyer, Joseph De Simone, stated have been based mostly on unfaithful claims that she had a loaded shotgun and was psychotic.
At Tuesday’s Manhattan listening to, De Simone urged state Supreme Courtroom Justice Matthew Cooper to take management of each instances, arguing that state Supreme Courtroom Justice Joseph Lorintz in Nassau issued his orders “ex parte” with out listening to from Katuria D’Amato. De Simone additionally stated his shopper couldn’t get a good listening to in Nassau due to her husband’s net of affect within the county.
“His entire modus operandi is affect and currying favor with others,” De Simone stated. “He’s a bully.”
Cooper stated the household lives in Nassau, and he had no foundation to query the equity and impartiality of Lorintz, who has set a listening to for Wednesday at which Katuria D’Amato can inform her aspect.
“This matter could be heard tomorrow in Nassau,” Cooper stated. “Instances involving youngsters are higher dealt with the place the youngsters reside.”
Since dropping his Senate seat, Alfonse D’Amato, now 80, has run Park Methods, a high-powered consulting and lobbying agency. He and Katuria D’Amato, now 51, have been married in 2004 and have a son, 9, and a daughter, 7. In 2014, the couple stated they have been working by means of “private points.”
After Tuesday’s listening to, Katuria D’Amato declined to remark, whereas the previous senator stated in a press release that he was full of “extra ache than I can describe.”
“I’m genuinely heartbroken that today has come to cross however the security and nicely being of my youngsters takes priority over all different private issues,” Alfonse D’Amato stated.
Courtroom filings within the case are sealed. De Simone stated the police go to to the Lido Seashore residence in late September got here in response to Katuria D’Amato’s name simply after midnight, during which she reported seeing a potential intruder. Alfonse D’Amato not lives there however was current on the time, De Simone stated.
Though she advised responding cops there was a gun in the home, De Simone stated, her husband’s authorized filings falsely claimed it was loaded and that she was taking lithium.
“They stated she was loopy,” De Simone stated. “They stated she was psychotic.”
Alfonse D’Amato’s aspect stated their claims have been based mostly on a police report. Stephen Gassman, the previous senator’s lawyer, advised Cooper that the Nassau decide needed to act on an emergency foundation as a result of the police go to raised “critical questions” about Katuria D’Amato’s “psychological state.”
Nassau police declined to remark.
Throughout arguments Tuesday, Gassman additionally advised Cooper that claims about Alfonse D’Amato’s affect in Nassau have been exaggerated, noting that he left the Senate 20 years in the past and is a Republican whereas Lorintz was elected on the Democratic ticket.
Instantly after the ruling, Steven Schlesinger, an influential Nassau political insider who has served because the county Democratic Committee’s prime lawyer, stepped out of the spectator gallery and into the “properly,” the place legal professionals and shoppers tackle the decide, and embraced D’Amato.
That transfer provoked a direct response from each De Simone and Cooper.
“Moments after we end, we see Senator D’Amato being congratulated by Steven Schlesinger, a Democratic affect in Nassau County,” De Simone stated.
Cooper yelled angrily at Schlesinger.
“I didn’t offer you permission to return into the properly,” the decide informed Schlesinger. “Who gave you permission to try this? . . . Do you perceive what the optics seem like?”
Schlesinger apologized repeatedly. Cooper stated the episode was “disturbing,” however not sufficient to make him change his determination to not intervene. As Schlesinger jumped into an elevator after the listening to, he was requested about any ties to Lorintz.
“I do know him,” Schlesinger stated, “however I don’t have any relationship with him.”