Longshoreman’s Application Withdrawn with Prejudice Following Charges of Organized Crime Associations
October 23, 2018
Today, the Commission accepted the request of Anthony Pansini III, 43, of Brooklyn, NY, to withdraw with prejudice his application for registration as a longshoreman as a referral of the International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA), Local 1814. He had faced 49 counts at an administrative hearing of violating the Waterfront Commission Act. The Notice of Hearing included allegations that Pansini had associated with the following career offenders and convicted racketeers:
- Anthony “Sonny” Ciccone, a capo (captain) of the Gambino crime family, whose crimes involved the domination of ILA Local 1814, the very same Local that referred Pansini’s application for registration as a longshoreman;
- His father, Anthony Pansini, an associate of the Gambino crime family who pled guilty, in the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York, to a conspiracy to defraud ILA Local 1814, the very same Local that referred his son’s application. The elder Pansini facilitated Ciccone’s de facto control over Local 1814 in a conspiracy that allowed Ciccone to control the awarding of union jobs;
- Joseph “Scoops” Licata, a capo of the Philadelphia (Bruno-Scarfo) crime family; and
- Jerry Balzano, a soldier of the DeCavalcante crime family.
Applicant was alleged to have committed fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation by falsely testifying during a sworn interview that he never heard his father’s name in connection with Local 1814, did not recall Ciccone’s affiliation with Local 1814, never heard that Licata had any connection with organized crime, and did not “really” have a relationship with Balzano.
The Notice of Hearing also identified additional Gambino crime family figures (Richard “the Lump” Bondi, Primo Cassarino, and Jerome Orsino, Jr.) and others as individuals whom Pansini had allegedly failed to disclose on his waterfront application as acts of fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation.
Facing 49 counts of violating the Waterfront Commission Act, Pansini requested the withdrawal with prejudice of his application for registration. Today, the Commission accepted the request, thereby barring Pansini from working on the ports of New York Harbor.