Former Sen. Al D’Amato is hard of hearing and gets angry at his children without provocation, his estranged wife told the Daily News Wednesday at an emotional divorce hearing.
Katuria D’Amato, 50, is disputing her 80-year-old husband’s claim that their two kids should live with him because she is mentally unstable.
Outside of divorce court in Mineola, L.I., Katuria said she was worried about Al’s plans to take their kids, ages 7 and 9-years-old, on a vacation to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico next week.
“He’s never taken my kids anywhere. I’m not even trying to be mean. He’s not capable, he tells me himself. He can’t take care of them,” Katuria said.
“He can’t even hear them in the car when they answer him so he starts screaming at them. I’m petrified of their safety. The island is trying to recover right now.
“He’s always been a bully but now it’s like he’s on steroids,” she added.
On the stand, Al D’Amato — known as “Senator Pothole” during his three terms in office — wept recalling the evening of Sept. 30, when his wife was taken away in an ambulance. She’d told cops she feared an intruder was shining green lasers into the D’Amato’s Lido Beach home.
“I’m divorcing you. You’re no f—ing good!” Al D’Amato recounted Katuria saying as she was taken for a psychiatric evaluation.
“I said, ‘Please don’t take her away. Let her stay. I’ll go.’ I thought they were talking (to) her because they were afraid we would fight,” the Long Island Republican said.
He’d previously made excuses for Katuria’s erratic behavior, but once he learned that she had kept a shotgun in the house he decided he had to get a divorce.
“I made excuses. I love my wife,” he explained.
The two are fighting over custody of their children, as well as the venue for their divorce. Katuria argues that Al D’Amato is too politically connected in Nassau County to have the case argued there.
“I have never seen such an abuse of the system,” Katuria said.