Monday, September 23, 2013
Staten Island developer Roman Blum supposedly died intestate last year at age 97, leaving the largest unclaimed estate in New York history to the tune of $40 million.
However, a will has now been submitted for legal review in the Surrogate Court of Richmond County by named sole beneficiary, Anthony J. Allegrino II, a New Windsor attorney reportedly disbarred in at least one state. Because New York stands to receive the estate, the initial hearing has been pushed back to October 8 to allow the state attorney general to be present.
The submitted will comes as a surprise to Blum’s longtime friend and attorney Robert Fishler who said, “If he was going to do a will, I would have known about it.”
See Ryan Lavis, Upstate Man, Claiming to Be Sole Heir to Staten Island Developer’s $40M Fortune, Files Will in Court, Staten Island Advance, Sept. 19, 2013.