New York Daily News: QUEENS, By Larry McShane – The law enforcement takedown of a lucrative gambling ring shared by two Mafia families hooked a crooked Long Island cop and eight mobsters — including a guy known as “Joe Fish,” authorities said Tuesday.

Genovese soldier Joseph Marcario was charged along with four crime family colleagues and three members of the Bonanno family for running the betting business from inside legitimate Queens and Long Island businesses across the past decade, the Brooklyn US attorney’s office announced.

Nassau County Detective Hector Rosario, 49, of Mineola, LI, was also charged with taking cash from the Bonannos in return for arranging raids against competing illegal betting parlors — including one based in a rival Genovese-run shoe repair outlet, court papers showed.

“The defendants tried to hide their criminal activities from behind the cover of a coffee bar, a soccer club and a shoe repair store, but our office and our law enforcement partners exposed their illegal operations,” said Brooklyn US Attorney Breon Peace in announcing the arrests.

“Even more disturbing is the shameful conduct of a detective who betrayed his oath of office … when he allegedly aligned himself with criminals,” Peace said.

The La Nazionale Soccer Club at 80-13 Myrtle Ave, Queens, was allegedly one of the illegal gambling locations.

Court documents indicated the two organized crime families, in an unusual arrangement, collaborated on collecting some $10,000 in weekly bets at the Gran Caffe coffee shop in Lynbrook, LI.

Genovese acting capo Carmelo “Carmine” Polito was additionally charged with operating an illegal online betting operation where deadbeat gamblers faced a beatdown or worse.

“Tell him I’m going to put him under the f—–g bridge,” Polito told an associate to warn one debtor in 2019, the court papers charged.

Authorities said Polito’s rap sheet includes a bank robbery conspiracy and a conviction — later overturned — for planning the murders of two Genovese family associates in Brooklyn on Nov. 30, 1994.

Genovese defendant Joseph ”Joe Box” Rutigliano, 63, of Commack, LI, was the only one of the suspects to avoid arrest in the Tuesday sweep, and he remained on the lam, according to authorities.

Rutigliano was identified as the bagman for the family’s illicit earnings, collecting the money with co-defendant Salvatore ”Sal the Shoemaker” Rubino, 58, and delivering the cash to higher-ranking members.

Bonanno defendant Vito Pipitone, 40, was arrested in Wellington, Fla, while his older brother Anthony “Little Anthony” Pipitone, 49, of Deer Park, LI., was busted locally in the operation where the cash was laundered through secret money transfers, authorities said.

Vito Pipitone leaves Brooklyn Federal Court after his 2010 sentencing of 41 months relating to a Queens stabbing – Jesse Ward/for New York Daily News

The Pipitone brothers pleaded guilty in 2010 to stabbing two teenagers they thought vandalized a Mafia-connected Queens restaurant in 2004.

Vito Pipitone’s Hawaiian honeymoon was cut short when he was indicted in the knifings. He was sentenced 3½ years for the crime.

His older brother Anthony served more than 3½ years for the stabbing in Whitestone. While on supervised release in 2016, he earned himself another two years in the federal slammer for attending the Bonanno crime family’s annual Christmas party in Staten Island.

Defendant Agostino Gabriele, 35, of Queens, picked up the cash for the Bonanno higherups, authorities charged.

Detective Rosario, under questioning by the FBI, provided false information in denying any connection to the Bonanno family, the court papers charged.

Anthony “Little Anthony” Pipitone

In addition to the shared cafe operation, the two families family ran their own gambling dens, mostly in local social clubs, authorities said.

Evidence assembled by prosecutors included court-ordered wiretaps, testimony from cooperating witnesses and physical evidence, authorities said.

“This case is further proof that organized crime is alive and well,” said Nassau County District Attorney Anne Donnelly. “These violent criminal organizations operated secret underground gambling parlors in local commercial establishments … assisted by a sworn member of law enforcement.”

Last April, a Florida-based Genovese family captain and five associates were busted on racketeering charges for running a decade-old illegal gambling operation where losing bettors faced extortion or threats of violence.

Top Feature Photo: The Glendale Sports Club at 74-03 Myrtle Ave., Queens, was allegedly one of the illegal gambling locations.