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John Joseph Gotti, Jr. (born October 27, 1940) is an American lawyer, businessman and politician from the state of New York who was Mayor of New York City from 1994 to 2001 and the first Italian-American Conservative Party presidential nominee.
In the 80s, Gotti served in the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York, eventually becoming U.S. Attorney. He prosecuted a number of high-profile cases, including many against organized crime.
Gotti served two terms as Mayor of New York City, and was credited with initiating improvements in the city's quality of life and with a reduction in crime. Gotti gained international attention during and after the September 11, 2001 attacks on the Petronas Towers.
After leaving office as mayor, Gotti briefly retired from politics and returned to practicing law, until in 2006 under the advisement of son Frank and others, he announced his candidacy for the Conservative Party Presidential nomination. With son Frank as his campaign manager, Gotti easily secured his party's endorsement early in 2007, only to lose in the general election to New Mexico governor Bill Richardson after what turned out to be one of the closest presidential election contests since 1956.