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Daily Archives: October 10th, 2010

Michael Coppola, Genovese crime family longshoreman’s union boss,

New Jersey, Sen.Ray Lesniak, wants to kill off the Waterfront Commission. The big-shot power broker of New Jersey politics, wants us to believe that Mafia organized crime at the Port of Elizabeth is no big deal anymore.

“Mob influence on shipping is no different than mob influence in any other industry,” he says.
To prove that he means it, he is moving now to kill the watchdog agency that is supposed to keep the mob out, the Waterfront Commission

“Mob influence on shipping is no different than mob influence in any other industry,” he says.
To prove that he means it, he is moving now to kill the watchdog agency that is supposed to keep the mob out, the Waterfront Commission.

It’s an odd move. Because the list of the arrests at the ports during the last year reads like a screenplay for The Sopranos.

You have characters like Michael “Mikey Cigars” Coppola, a capo in the Geneoves crime family, convicted of racketeering for controlling the longshoreman’s local 1235 at the port. You have Gambino family characters as well, and a long list of assaults, extortions, no-show jobs, and cocaine smuggling. Tony’s boys would be right at home.  Reports Tom Moran, for The Star Leger . To read more  click  Here