The family of Geraldine Ferraro are suing the luxurious village of Saltaire on Fire Island, claiming an assessor broke into their waterfront property despite ‘no trespassing’ signs and took dozens of photos in a “scandalous” violation of privacy.
The January 2022 review of the Richards Walk property by appraiser John E. Grossman Associates included 60 photos of the interior and exterior of the home and was conducted in “bad faith” because similar homes in the small community have not received the same attention, according to the owner.
“Therefore . . . it is now common knowledge where (sic) the residents and their children sleep, that there is a dock to access it, how to access the property and that the entrance to the premises is remote according to the Brooklyn federal court lawsuit against the village and Grossman.
The property is owned by Village People LLC, which lists a Soho apartment as its address. Records show Ferraro’s widower, John A. Zaccaro, 90, lives in the Manhattan home, while the couple’s son, John A. Zaccaro Jr., former mayor of Saltaire, is listed as the attorney who filed the lawsuit.
“It’s his property,” the elder Zaccaro said, directing the questions to his son.
The Zaccaro’s are seeking $300,000 in damages from the tiny village, a mostly summer community of just 400 homes.
Ferraro, the first female vice-presidential candidate for a major US political party when Walter Mondale chose her as running mate in 1984, died in 2011 at age 75 from blood cancer.
She and Zaccaro were married for 50 years and shared three children.
Husband and son had their own legal troubles: In 1985, the eldest Zaccaro pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of fraudulent conspiracy in connection with securing financing for the purchase of five apartment buildings .
He was later charged and acquitted of attempting to extort a bribe from a cable television company.
Zaccaro Jr. was convicted in 1988 of selling cocaine to an undercover Vermont state agent and served three months of house arrest, then pardoned.
A village lawyer declined to comment.