Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance unveiled the racketeering indictments of nine reputed members of the Bonnano organized crime family, one of whom was also a Teamsters union president. Vance alleges the nine used Teamsters Local 917, which represents 1,900 workers on Long Island, as a base for activities ranging from extortion, loan sharking and gambling, to dealing Viagra.
“While in the last few decades we have seen a decline, organized crime is by no means extinct,” Vance told reporters Tuesday. “Whatever name you call it, the Mafia, Cosa Nostra, the mob, the 158-pages long indictment demonstrates that organized crime is still operating in New York City and it still has its hooks in the labor movement.”
The indictment alleges that Local 917 President Nicholas Bernhard “was explicitly promoted” by the Bonnano family to take over the union. He then “used his position in Local 917 to benefit himself and a crew of the Bonanno organized crime family.”