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Albert (The Bull) Cernadas

Jerry Capeci writes for Huffington post  about Albert (The Bull) Cernadas, a top union boss of  Local 1235   linked to the New York Mafia , who  extorted some $2 million from his own union members in a shake-down racket bossed by the Genovese Crime Family–who are responsible for all the corruption on the waterfront. 

By Capeci  

Christmas comes but once a year, and the mob always tries to make the most of it.

That’s the finding of a waterfront probe that has now spanned two holiday seasons. This week the investigation produced the indictment of a former top official of the scandal-tarred International Longshoremen’s Association for extorting some $2 million from his union workers and passing the dough on to Genovese mobsters as Christmas “tributes.”

Albert (The Bull) Cernadas, who was once on a short list of potential candidates for ILA president, allegedly extorted the funds from members of Local 1235 from 1982 until 2006 while he served as president of the Newark-based local that represents longshoremen. The local, which currently represents about 1,000 workers, had more members in the 1980s and 1990s.

Cernadas, who earned more than $500,000 a year from his dual posts as Local 1235 president and ILA vice president during his final years as a union official, was indicted on racketeering charges by a federal grand jury in Newark late Tuesday.

The pre-Christmas indictment is the first salvo from a task force of federal and state authorities in New York and New Jersey who recently combined forces and began working together in an effort to eliminate the Genovese crime family’s stranglehold on the Garden State piers. To read the rest Click here: Jerry Capeci: Feds: ILA Exec Gave Mob $2 Million in Christmas ‘Tributes’

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