Family connections between mobsters and International Longshoremen’s Association officials and members were a central theme of recent hearings by Waterfront Commission of New York Harbor.
At the hearings, the commission displayed intricate “link charts” -- interlocking waterfront family trees showing how a dockworker’s brother was a mobster whose son was an ILA representative whose brother-in-law was a racketeer whose father was longshoreman whose cousin was a loan shark, and so on.
The charts, reminiscent of the game “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon,” were designed to buttress the commission’s argument that lucrative jobs on the New York-New Jersey docks go a “privileged few” with inside connections. The commission plans to include the charts as a fold-out when it publishes its report on the hearings.
ILA officials responded that a worker shouldn’t be penalized for a relatives’ crimes. The son and grandson of a Nicky Furina, a mob figure who served prison time for a job-selling scheme on the New Jersey docks, are pressing that argument by challenging the commission’s revocation of their work licenses.
--Contact Joseph Bonney at firstname.lastname@example.org.