James Cahill, former president of the New York State Building and Construction Trades Council, used to carry a lot of clout. But since his October 1 indictment for solicitation of bribery, and the indictment of 10 other union officials, things have grown darker. Late in December, in a new filing, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York alleged that Cahill has “extensive ties to organized crime,” citing his frequent meetings with La Cosa Nostra and Serbian 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.
The Albany-based New York State Building and … Read More ➡