Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Mobster convicted of controlling ILA for 30 years

The trial in NY regarding mob control of the ILA in Newark is over. They convicted the "reputed" mobster, who controlled the union until 2007.

From the Journal of Commerce (click here for link)

Reputed mobster Michael Coppola was convicted of racketeering charges that included extortion of one of the International Longshoremen’s Association’s largest locals for more than 30 years.

Federal prosecutors said Coppola controlled ILA Local 1235 in Newark from 1974 to 2007 through the extortion of three consecutive local union presidents -- Vincent Colucci, who pleaded guilty to racketeering charges in 1980; Al Cernadas, who resigned in 2005 after pleading guilty to extortion conspiracy; and Vincent Aulisi, ousted in 2007 after the FBI wiretapped his son and Coppola discussing what prosecutors said apparently were payoffs to the mob.

My question is, who is in control now? Is it really "cleaned up"? Or, has it just been taken over by the next one in line.

click here for link to New York Daily News article, which focuses more on the fact that he wasn't convicted for murder


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