Thursday, November 11, 2010

And more from the NY/NJ Waterfront

Oh, this is just so funny. Tony Soprano would be smacking them up the side of the head.

More from the Waterfront Commission hearings, as reported in the Journal of Commerce.

"I don't like the idea that the Waterfront Commission wants to run my business. That's what you guys want to do," American Stevedoring CEO Sabato Catucci told a commission hearing. "If you want to run my business, buy me out and take me over and you try to get more productivity out of the port."

Catucci testified in the fourth in a series of hearings the agency has held to highlight what Commissioner Ron Goldstock said was "literally alarming" evidence of no-show jobs, favoritism in hiring and organized crime influence that "adversely affects the ability of the port to be competitive." ILA officials are scheduled to testify Nov. 18.

Catucci and Jim Devine, chief executive of GCT USA, which owns Global Terminal and New York Container Terminal, took issue with what they saw as suggestions that mobsters dominate the port.

and here's the clincher

"There is no goddamn organized crime influence on the day-to-day decisions we make, in any way, shape or form," Devine said.

Oh, so not the "day-to-day", but just the monthly stuff?

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