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Uptown benefits, too

Mayor Bloomberg's congestion-pricing system would only charge cars and trucks to drive south of 86th St. - but it would also cut traffic by 4% in northern Manhattan, the mayor's expert said yesterday.

Rohit Aggarwala presented the figures at the first meeting of the 17-member commission evaluating Bloomberg's plan and other proposals to reduce Manhattan traffic.

Adam Lisberg

Mob house sale OK

Mafia cops witness Burton Kaplan has agreed to sell his Bergen Beach home to the son of former Luchese crime boss Anthony (Gaspipe) Casso for $650,000 under a settlement reached yesterday in Brooklyn Housing Court.

Anthony Casso Jr. was facing eviction after losing a legal fight with Kaplan. Casso had lived in the house his entire life.

John Marzulli

Clerk guilty in 65G heist

A postal clerk was convicted yesterday of masterminding a $65,000 armed heist at the Brooklyn post office where he worked.

Derrek Pannell, 33, faces more than 30 years in prison when he's sentenced Jan. 25, postal authorities said.

Pannell and two accomplices entered the James E. Davis Post Office in Crown Heights in the early hours of Nov. 15, 2005, tied up six employees and forced the station manager to open a safe at gunpoint.

Leo Standora

No award in cop case

A federal jury awarded nothing yesterday to a Long Island truck driver whose $1.2million judgment against an NYPD cop had been reversed on appeal.

Officer Augusto Tavernier, 51, was accused by Thomas Jocks of falsely arresting him after an off-duty altercation in 1994 at a gas station on the Long Island Expressway. The city had refused to indemnify Tavernier and he was on the hook for the entire amount.

John Marzulli

Guilty plea in sex case

Two men who used a plumbing snake to brutally sodomize a developmentally disabled handyman at a Long Island bowling alley pleaded guilty yesterday.

Steven Rodriguez pleaded guilty to attempted predatory sexual assault and aggravated sexual abuse. His co-defendant, Michael Lunsford, admitted he held the victim down during the attack.

The two, both from Shirley, attacked the 21-year-old man in the bathroom of a bowling alley in their hometown.

The Associated Press