The thugs who ran LIUNA Local 91 until 2002 are out of commission. Given the recent unexpected mid-trial guilty pleas of the final four defendants, a rogues’ gallery that included ex-President Mark Congi, the business now at hand is sentencing. On successive days a month ago, three former members of the Niagara Falls, N.Y. union who previously pled guilty received their reward in federal court. They are among a dozen and a half persons who either pleaded guilty or were convicted at trial, all charged in an indictment that detailed a pattern of beatings, threats, vandalism and a firebombing against contractors and workers during the period 1995-2002.
The three men sentenced, on August 21, 22 and 23, respectively, were Dominick Dellaccio, Salvatore Bertino, and Andrew Shomers. Delaccio, 61, himself a former Local 91 president, was sentenced to 38 months in prison and ordered to pay $20,000 in restitution. As part of his plea, he admitted to his role in property destruction and sabotage at a construction site in Lockport, N.Y. in 1997, and an attack on members of a rival union at a supermarket construction site the following year. Bertino, 54, who had pleaded guilty to participating in acts of intimidation against non-LIUNA construction workers, received a 51-month sentence and was forced to pay restitution in the amount of $30,000. Finally, Shomers, 42, like Bertino, was sentenced to 51 months in prison and ordered to make $30,000 in restitution, having pleaded guilty earlier to taking part in a firebombing of the home of a nonunion worker. The Local 91 saga isn’t completely over, but at this point it might as well be. (Associated Press, 8/21, 8/22, 8/23).