James Cahill, former president of the New York State Building and Construction Trades Council, used to lean hard on public officials. But since his October 1 indictment for solicitation of bribery, and the indictment of 10 other union officials, they’ve been leaning hard on him. Late in December, in a new filing, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, rejecting his request for leniency, alleged that Cahill has “extensive ties to organized crime,” citing his frequent meetings with known mobsters. His lawyer, Sam Talkin, disputes the allegation: “Mr. Cahill does not have any ties to organized crime. The government cites ancient anecdotes and contradictory information in support of their claim.” Yet the evidence is convincing. And it might be connected to a wave of guilty pleas last month by 11 Gambino crime family members and associates in a separate case.
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Even in the Mafia, policy is personnel. And the Gambino crime organization takes its time before hiring someone for the job of CEO. The word on the street is that there’s a new boss: John “Jackie Nose” D’Amico. Jerry Capeci, editor of the Web site, ganglandnews.com, was one of the first of many news sources to break the story. A longtime family capo, D’Amico isn’t far removed from the two-decade succession of Gottis that ran the family business. Yet he denies being in charge. “I’m insignificant,” he told the New York Daily News. “I’m not important. I take the 4 train, the 5 train, the 6 train. That’s the only way I travel. I don’t have a chauffeur-driven car.”
So who is this guy anyway? John D’Amico, 69, was a trusted right-hand man of John Gotti until the Teflon Don’s conviction in 1992 on more than a dozen counts … Read More ➡
On the surface, life at International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) headquarters in Manhattan hasn’t changed all that much. But the seeming normalcy doesn’t disguise the fact that the union’s longstanding alleged ties to two Mafia families are about to be exposed wide open. On July 6, Justice Department lawyers filed a massive civil RICO lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Brooklyn. Prosecutors, in their words, seek to end “the conspiracy among union officials, organized crime figures and others that has plagued some of the nation’s most important ports for decades.” The lawsuit alleges that the Genovese and Gambino crime families control the docks at the ports of New York-New Jersey and Miami, and that the mobsters have used that influence to curry favor with the international union and put their people in charge of member benefit programs.
ILA President John Bowers, his top aides, and union attorney Howard W. … Read More ➡
Robert Persico, a Scarsdale, N.Y. businessman, can add one more notch to his mob connections. Persico, 40, head of the Mount Vernon, N.Y.-based Persico Contracting and Trucking, was charged with bribing officials of Locals 14 and 15 of the International Union of Operating Engineers. Earlier, he had been indicted for conspiring with a reputed Gambino family capo, Gregory DePalma, also from Scarsdale, to extort another construction company and transport stolen luxury goods.
The indictment of Persico marks the second time in recent memory that a prominent Westchester County contractor has been indicted in connection with a federal investigation into IUOE corruption. Last December, John Amicucci, president of DeFoe Corp., along with officials at four other construction companies, was charged with labor racketeering with members of the Gambino crime family. Additionally, more than 40 contractors, union officials, and members of the Genovese and … Read More ➡