The widow of a police officer murdered by infamous cop killer Herman Bell has cut an emotional campaign ad ripping Gov. Cuomo for Bell’s release from prison and then giving him the right to vote.
The 30-second ad featuring Diane Piagentini is bankrolled by Cuomo’s Republican opponent, Marc Molinaro.
“My husband Joseph Piagentini and his partner [Waverly Jones] were ambushed and murdered by Herman Bell,” widow Piagentini says in the video.
A photo of the two cops in uniform then appears on the screen with a patch of the NYPD emblem between them.
A newspaper article appears with the headline from May 22, 1971: “2 POLICEMEN SLAIN BY SHOTS IN BACK.”
As a photo of Cuomo and mug shots of Bell come on screen, Piagentini says, “Governor Cuomo and his parole board set this cold-blooded killer free. . . . Then Governor Cuomo gave him the right to vote.”
That’s followed by a headline about Bell being released on parole dated April 27, 2018.
Piagentini narrates the video for half of the ad but the viewer doesn’t see her.
She then appears, somberly thumbing through her wedding photos.
“It betrays the trust of police families everywhere and devalues the life of my great husband,” she said of Bell’s release with voting privileges.
Piagentini then looks directly into the camera and says: “Governor Cuomo, my kids and I have lived with the pain every day for over 47 years — and there’s no parole from that.”
The Molinaro campaign ad is expected to be released this week.
For his part, Cuomo repeatedly said he opposed the Parole Board’s decision to spring Bell following public outcry, particularly from law enforcement unions as well as Piagentini.
The governor selects Parole Board members and two of the three who ruled on the Bell case were Cuomo appointees.
Cuomo in April also issued an executive order to provide conditional pardons to restore voting rights to 25,000 parolees — included convicted killers like Bell. Civil rights advocates have long fought for voting restoration for felons who’ve served their sentences, as many other states have.
As the Post reported last month, Board of Elections records show Bell registered to vote by mail on July 19, from his Bedford-Stuyvesant address, as a Democrat. His voter registration took effect July 23.
It was unclear if he voted in the Sept. 13 primary between Cuomo and Cynthia Nixon, or who he voted for if he did.
Bell’s assassination of the officers was particularly gruesome. They were ambushed in Harlem following a bogus 911 call and lured into a death trap.
Bell, a radical Black Liberation Army and Black Panther member, then shot Piagentini, 28, from point blank range with his own revolver as he pleaded for his life for the sake of his wife and two daughters.
Bell also pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the BLA-orchestrated death of a third cop, Sgt. John Young, in San Francisco.
The Parole Board voted to release Bell on is eighth try after rejecting seven previous applications for freedom.
During his hearing in March, the parole board members praised him as a model prisoner with a clean disciplinary record.
The Molinaro campaign said the ad will start on digital and then move to cable TV.
“It’s a bracing spot that should jolt New Yorkers into realizing how crazy liberal and soft on crime New York has become under Andrew Cuomo,” said Molinaro campaign spokesman Bill O’Riley.
“Crime victims don’t matter to this governor, not when political points for a 2020 Democratic presidential primary can be scored. It’s all about politics with him, damned public safety.”
The Cuomo campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the ad.
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