New York Local Linked to Mob Probe

Three federal indictments and one complaint filed Apr. 26 in U.S. Dist. Court in Brooklyn charged 45 reputed members of five N.Y. crime families with racketeering, murder, and other crimes. Among the charges, Salvatore “Sammy Meatballs” Aparo, Vincent Aparo, Jerry Brancato, Peter “Petey Red” DiChiara, Pasquale Falcetti, John “Johnny Green” Faraci, Ismat Kukic, Alana “Baldie” Longo, Glenn McCarthy, Michael Norrito, Louis “Big Lou” Vallario, and Abe Weider were charged with a scheme to bribe Service Employees Int’l Union Local 32B-32J bosses. The local was formerly run by AFL-CIO boss John J. Sweeney.

Allegedly, in exchange for bribes to be paid by Weider, a building owner, the local would replace union workers with nonunion workers. The Genovese family’s “Aparo/DiChiara crew” allegedly solicited help from the Gambino and Bonanno families to identify and contact SEIU bosses who might be willing to accept bribes.

Also, Falcetti and George Barone were charged with conspiring to extort port companies. Barone allegedly oversaw the scheme for the Genovese family. Allegedly, at least one firm was forced to pay about $100,000 to ensure labor peace. [USAO E.D.N.Y., Media Release 4/26/01]