EXPAT - 15 Settembre 2016 Frank Barbaro: From the Brooklyn Docks to the State Supreme Court The former labor organizer, legislator, and judge, Francesco Joseph Barbaro died at age 88. He was born in Brooklyn, to immigrant parents from Sicily and Calabria. Barbaro was the last link to the tradition of working-class radicalism exemplified by his hero, Vito Marcantonio. He was representing the very conservative Bensonhurst and one day he asked "what do people in the district think of me?" The reply: 'Frank, they think you got crazy ideas but they like you because you’re there when they need you."