[Marxism] Mafia-dominated Laborer's union local 79 involved in Manhattanville building collapse
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Fri Mar 23 08:59:20 MDT 2012
NY Times March 22, 2012, 10:59 am
Construction Worker Killed in Building Collapse in Manhattan
By AL BAKER
Robert Caplin for The New York Times
The building that collapsed Thursday, killing a worker and
injuring two others, was a vacant two-story warehouse built in 1915...
The workers were employed by Breeze National Inc. of Brooklyn, a
company whose founder, Toby Romano Sr., was convicted of federal
bribery charges in 1988 and has been identified by law enforcement
officials as having ties to organized crime. Mr. Romano left the
company in 2009; it is now run by Toby Romano Jr., his son.
The subcontractor’s work was being overseen by Lend Lease, the
successor company to Bovis, the construction management giant that
oversaw the demolition of the Deutsche Bank building in Lower
Manhattan and, in a 2008 agreement with prosecutors, acknowledged
failures that contributed to the deaths of two firefighters in a
blaze at the bank building a year earlier.
In 2010, after a worker died in a fall at a job site on West 129th
Street that was also connected to Columbia’s expansion, Breeze
National was cited for two violations related to its lack of fall
protection, said Ted Fitzgerald, a spokesman for the federal
Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The violations
carried fines of $14,000. “The company accepted the citation,
corrected the hazard and paid a fine” of $1,687, Mr. Fitzgerald said.
And in 2007, the city denied the company’s application for a
license to cart trash or construction debris, said Kamran Mumtaz,
a City Hall spokesman. It was put on a “caution list” of
contractors and has no current contracts with the city, he said.
Richard A. Weiss, a spokesman for the laborers’ union [Local 79],
said Breeze National was a, “good, responsible contractor.”
“This type of work is dangerous, and it is just a horrible,
horrible tragedy,” said Mr. Weiss, who said Mr. Kirby had suffered
a broken arm and head trauma.
The New York Post
March 30, 2003, Sunday
MONEY MAN FOR 'MOB-TAINTED' UNION QUITS
by AL GUART
The treasurer of a major city construction union with a history of
mob infiltration has resigned after auditors recently found
"questionable expenses" in the union's books, The Post has learned.
Daniel Kearney, secretary treasurer of the 15,000-member Mason
Tenders District Council (MTDC), left the union two weeks ago.
"In the course of filing year-end reports [for 2002], some
questionable expenses were found. The union has been made whole,"
said Richard Weiss, a spokesman for Local 79, one of the locals
under the Mason Tenders' umbrella.
September 16, 2004
M.T.A. Project Rocked Anew By Mafia Link
By CHARLES V. BAGLI; William Glaberson contributed reporting for
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority's effort to turn a
vacant 32-story office building at the foot of Manhattan into its
headquarters has long been regarded by many as a fiasco -- more
than $300 million over budget and plagued by leaky pipes,
courtroom battles and accusations of cronyism.
The 43-count indictment charged a soldier in the Gambino crime
family, Edward Garafolo; his son Mario, a union business agent for
Local 79 of the Laborers union; and a fourth man with fraud for
the bogus bills and extortion that took place at the agency's
headquarters project. All pleaded not guilty yesterday.
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