Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Give the New York Ports Back to the Mob?

So says Deanne Stillman in the Huffington Post, in jest I suppose. But who says the mob ever left?

Actually the New York crime families, after effectively destroying the waterfront during the 1950s and 1960s, never really left the few slivers of waterfront industry still remaining in the New York area. Or at least that's what prosecutors say, in all kinds of indictments and lawsuits in recent years.

Note, for example, this civil racketeering suit filed by the U.S. Attorney in Brooklyn last July. Apart from the usual recitation of nastiness, it includes a rundown of the recent history of mob involvement in the waterfront. Yup. Still there.


Wall Street Versus America: The Rampant Greed and Dishonesty That Imperil Your Investments will be published by Penguin USA on April 6.

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