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cante has negotiated with various Union representatives for
labor peace. DeCavalcante pointed out that he had paid out
fifty-seven hundred dollars and fifty-eight hundred dollars to
union representatives. Halpem promised DeCavalcante that they
would repay him $6,000.00 as soon as they received the
mortgage money on the job. Wolfson asked Wilf and Halpem to
pay Kenworth Corp. for the work that Kenworth did on a par-
ticular project and Halpern promised that Kenworth would be
paid out of the mortgage money also.

DeCavalcante explained to Wilf and Halpem that when he
"fixes" a Union Representative, they expect to be paid im-
mediately and not have to wait until the job is completed.
DeCavalcante told Wilf that he never billed them for incidental
expenses, such as gifts, wining and dining. DeCavalcante said
that any one of these twelve men could make trouble for him in
revenge for him forcing them to take the picket line off the job.

DeCavalcante emphasized to Wilf and Halpern that they owe
him money for his services and for the services of the late Nick
Delmore', dating back to the time when Delmore became sick
and subsequently died.

DeCavalcante added to Wilf and Halpern that certain Union
Representatives and their New York "sponsors" are pressing
DeCavalcante for money on the three thousand apartment units
that Wilf, Halpem, and Joe Kuschener" were currently building.
Wolfson said that a Mr. Bradley from New York had been giving
DeCavalcante a real bad time recently about payoffs on the part
of Wilf and Halpem 's buildings programs. DeCavalcante inter-
jected that the New York crowds' demands do not bother him as
they have no right to demand anything in New Jersey.

Both DeCavalcante and Wolfson complained that they take all
the risks in settirg up these payoff deals with Union Representa-
tives. Wolfson claimed that he would be ruined, if ever he was
involved in any investigation of these payoffs or was brought to

Court and found guilty of "graft negotiations". DeCavalcante re-
lated that these Union Representatives usually contact him
telephonically in his office and that DeCavalcante has no as-
surance that the phone they are calling on or the phore that he is
using is not tapped.

Wolfson told Halpem and Wilf that the previous week one of
the Union Representatives involved in their Parsippany Apart-
ment project told Wolfson that Halpem and Wilf would have to
pay $100.00 a unit for labor peace. Wilf and Halpem use a cer-
tain percentage of non-union labor on their construction pro-
jects and prefer to use mostly non-union labor which is cheaper
and for which they have to pay Union Representatives money to
overlook this situation.

DeCavalcante told Halpem and Wilf that in the future he will
make Union Representatives payoffs in three parts: one third be-
fore the job commenses; another third before the job is almost
half completed; and the final third before the job is completed.
DeCavalcante said he will not pay any part before receiving the
money beforehand and if Wilf and Halpem do not like this ar-
rangement they should forget that they know him.

DeCavalcante pointed out to Wilf that all the Union
Representatives on any particular job have to be paid off. If only
one representative was paid off, then the others in jealousy
would strike the job and cause much union trouble on the job.

Halpem assured DeCavalcante that Wilf and he were planning
to give DeCavalcante $5,000.00 each for payoffs on the 174
Garden Apartment units on one of the Plainfield, New Jersey
jobs. DeCavalcante refused this $10,000.00. He said that the
deal he made with the Union Representatives on this job calls
for a hundred dollars a unit or $17,400.00. Halpem said this job
was a fifty-sixty percent union and DeCavalcante should not
have agreed to $ 1 7,400.00. DeCavalcante then told Halpem that
they did not tell him that they were planning to use fifty to sixty
percent union so the deal DeCavalcante made will have to be
honored, even if DeCavalcante has to pay $17,400.00 or any
part of it out of his own pocket. DeCavalcante told Halpem not
to see him in the future is this should happen. Halpem and Wilf
then reluctantly agreed to give DeCavalcante $10,000.00 within
the next two weeks and $8,000.00 over the next two months to
make up the necessary $ 17,000.00. DeCavalcante said in the fu-
ture they should keep him advised to the percentage of union
labor that they have to utilize on any particular job.

DeCavalcante then told Wilf and Halpem that they and Joe
Kuschener" may have to pay high to use non-union labor on the
projects that they are building, including those in the Parsip-
pany-Denville, New Jersey area. DeCavalcante said that Union
Representatives want close to two hundred thousand dollars in
payoff money for the building that Kuschener, Halpem and Wilf
are or will be constructing.

DeCavalcante commented that he had stuck his neck out for
Halpem and Wilf on an Edison. New Jersey job that they had.
DeCavalcante claimed this job became so hot that the Edison
Chief of Police** and the Police Director were personally observ-
ing it. DeCavalcante said strike breakers had been imported into
Edison to break the picket line on this job and it would have
been a big mess except for the fact that DeCavalcante made the
deal which settled the trouble on this job.

DeCavalcante told Wilf and Halpem that he wants payoff
money from them in the future as he asks for it and does not ex-
pect to be keep waiting. DeCavalcante said that any time they
feel they can do better with someone else to arrange their
payoffs for them, then they are welcome to stop seeing him. He
added that he does not make a nickel on arranging these payoffs
and the only way Wolfson and he are paid is by being allowed to
do the heating-plumbing work on the projects for which he ar-
ranges the labor peace.

DeCavalcante asked them how many units they were building
in the Parsippany-Denville area job. Halpem claimed two hun-
dred units and DeCavalcante said he heard it was a more than


four hundred unit job and that they had completed four hundred
units already. Halpem replied that this was not true. Halpem
said the job originally was to be a 1 1 2 unit job for which Halpem
had made a deal with Wolfson for $1 1 ,000.00 in payoff money.
Halpem said because of the increased number of units in this job
that Wilf and he want to give DeCavalcante $20,000.00 to buy
labor peace for them in the Parsippany area.

DeCavalcante told Wilf and Halpem that he does not know if
$20,000.00 will be enough and since he had to leave he told
them they would have to talk to him at a later date about the
payoff money on this job which was referred to as the Myra
Road job Wolfson then reminded Halpern and Wilf that the
Union Representatives want a hundred dollars a unit or twenty-
five thousand dollars in payoff money for the Myra Road job in
the Parsippany area (Pgs. 2203, 2204, 2205, 2206, 2207)

M. On July 2, 1965, Sam DeCavalcante, John Riggi, his
Caporegima, met with Leslie, and DeCavalcante told Leslie that
Budney of the Executive Board of the Union that Budney and
Leslie are connected with is going to bring charges against Leslie
which may result in an investigation. The charges have to do
with unaccounted for losses of money. Leslie replied he was
aware of the foregoing and in reply to DeCavalcante 's offer to
help, Leslie said there was nothing that DeCavalcante could do
for him in this matter.

DeCavalcante repeated his offer to help Leslie at any time
because Leslie has done favors for both DeCavalcante and the
Riggis, Emanuel* and John" in the past.

DeCavalcante also told Leslie that he had been told that Bud-
ney is a treacherous individual. Budney is a secretary of the
union ard DeCavalcante would have given Budney a beating if
Leslie asked him to do so.

DeCavalcante related to Leslie and John Riggi of a meeting
that he had with Jim McKnight over the Algro Mills strike.
McKnight told DeCavalcante that the textile workers union did
not sanction this strike and the employees of Algro will not listen
to the union. The strike has been on for six weeks. DeCavalcante
suggested one way to end the strike would be to attack some of
the strikers with baseball bats.

DeCavalcante asked John Riggi ard Leslie how Sam Cherico
from Amboy, New Jersey, who is with the laborers union, is?
Sgambati had hit Cherico over the head with a bat DeCaval-
cante said he tried to save Cherico from this beating but was too
late as the beating was administered before DeCavalcante could
stop it. (Pgs. 2253, 2254)

N. On May 21, 1965, Monroe Markowitz"" contacted Larry
Wolfson" concerning 240 units that he was building. Wolfson
spoke about protection from the other union locals from New
Brunswick and the fact that they want to save money. (Pg.

O. On March 18, 1965, Monroe Markowitz'"^ visited
DeCavalcante and Wolfson. He stated that the boys up above do
not think that Larry Wolfson is treating them fair in the con-
tracting business Markowitz is an attorney, as well as being in
the contracting business. DeCavalcante said: "We are just as
much in trouble as the people who accept the money " DeCaval-
cante added that he isn't putting any money in his pocket from
this type of operation. DeCavalcante told Monroe Markowitz
about a strike in New Jersey which he had either broken up or
had set up and that someone came with presents for him and for
the girls as a result of his action.

DeCavalcante asked Monroe Markowitz if he was running
something on the job. To Markowitz 's reply of yes, DeCaval-
cante then asked if he needed a little money. He mentioned
about two points on the money (Pg. 1442)

P. On May 7. 1965, Sam Reida visited Larry Wolfson at the
DeCavalcante-Wolfson Office Wolfson told Sam Reida that he
owes $64,000.00 on the Dartsmouth village job alone. He said
this job has a hundred and thirty-four units and a balance of
$57,818.00 Wolfsor also mentioned the job at Plainfield Manor

and indicated that the amount owed was $24,360.00. Joe
Kuschener** was also present at this meeting. Both Kuschener
and Reida are building contractors in the Union County, New
Jersey area. Wolfson in their presence checked the accounts
payable book and was advised by his clerk that the figures were
not up to date but the accounts payable indicated $70,000.00
was owed on one particular job. He then checked the Cedar
Lane account and the Clover Leaf Queens Garden $91,000.00.
(Pgs. 1810, 1811)

Q. On June 14, 1965, Sam DeCavalcante had a discussion
with Mike Kleinberg'" concerning Joseph Sferra's^' actions
while he was the union delegate of Local No. 394. DeCavalcante
stated that it was a good thing that Sferra's actions had not come
out prior to the elections at Local No. 394 as it appears that
Sferra had expended considerably more money than he should
have from the Union funds without the Union Board's prior ap-

DeCavalcante is interested in finding a way that he can meet
the minimum membership requirements for Local No. 394.
DeCavalcante would like to be on the membership roles for the
medical benefits and other benefits that membership in Local
No. 394 is entitled to. ( Pgs. 2136,2137)

15 That Family Bosses are very much interested in Garbage.
A Louis Larasso' had been trying to interest his Boss, Sam
DeCavalcante in the purchase or lease of some land to be used
as a garbage dump. The land is located in Sayreville, New Jersey
and has the advantage of being only a short drive from New
York City by way of the Verrazano Bridge.

The owner of the land is National Lead Company and Louis
Sisto, whose company is the United Excavating Company of 634
St. Georges Ave E., in Linden, New Jersey, would provide the
bulldozers and other equipment. Larasso reported that the deal
was to be made through Sisto and that the owner wanted an an-
nual rent of $ 1 ,000.00 per acre for fifty acres. DeCavalcante felt
that they should not commit themselves to a fifty thousand
rental and suggested they pay the owner fifty cents for each load
that was dumped

On February 24, 1965, DeCavalcante reported the results of a
meeting that he had with Carlo Gambino" about this garbage
matter. He said that Gambino controls the garbage disposal in
"all the boroughs" of New York City. At the present time it is
necessary for Gambino to have all the garbage trucked to Long
Island and Gambino was very enthusiatic about the prospect of
using a dump in nearby New Jersey.

DeCavalcante outlined Gambino's thinking which would be
that the two Bosses would share equally in the venture dividing
their profits with their respective men DeCavalcante opposed
having any other partners, such as Sisto and the land owner. He
said these two can be paid a flat amount and the balance of the
profits will then go to Gambino and himself. He also suggested
that Gambino's men have bulldozers and they want to use them
instead of using Sisto 's bulldozers. DeCavalcante spoke of a
gross profit which could run to $500.00 per day.

On Febmary 26, 1965, DeCavalcante, Frank Majuri,'* Lou
Larasso,' Nick Nelson*" (whose true name is Nicola Melillo) and
Jimmy Brown," (whose true name is James Failla) met and
discussed the garbage deal. The New York representatives were
only concerned with the travel time from New York. DeCaval-
cante suggested they inspect the garbage dump site and measure
the distance over the various routes They favored the payment
of fifty cents per load to the land owner rather than a percentage
in which in no case should it go over 15%.

The New York representatives opposed enlarging the partner-
ship beyond DeCavalcante and Gambino All were agreed that
there is considerable money to made in this garbage deal and
spoke of a volume between 100 and 200 truckloads per day.

Larasso stated that the land owner is the president of a com-
pany which he did not name. This individual had obtained an in-
dustrial waste permit but has been unsuccessful in obtaining a


garbage permit. Larasso was informed that a garbage permit is
essential and was directed to follow this matter very closely.

At the conclusion of this discussion, the New York lepresenta-
tives said that they would be meeting soon with Carl Gambino
and that he would be in touch with Sam DeCavalcante. (Newark
Airtel to Washington dated 3/4/65 ) ( Pgs. I 34 1 -a. 1 34 1 -b )

B. On February 25, 1965, Louis Larasso identified to Sam
DeCavalcante the president of the company which owns the land
which they hope to use in the garbage deal. He stated that this
individual's name was Ralph Pizer. (Pgs. 1335-c, 1335-d)

C. On March 9, 1965, Lou Larasso' advised Sam DeCaval-
cante that he had heard that Carl Gambino," Joe Bandy" (true
name Biondo), Joe Zingaro," Nick Melillo,*" and Jimmy Failla"
were in partnership in the garbage business in Mt Vernon. New
York Included with them was one Joe Fiolo." DeCavalcante
said he was aware of this and planned to ask Carl Gambino if he
knows that Brandy, Zingaro, and Fiolo are connected with the
deal. Larasso expressed some resentment, saying that if it was
true, the Gambino participants far outnumber those from
DeCavalcante s family ano he felt they should be watchful that
they are given their fair share of the proposed garbage deal.

Larasso told DeCavalcante that Joe Fiolo has repeatedly
telephoned him concerning a garbage deal. Fiolo has a brother
or a brother-in-law in the garbage business in New Jersey and
wants Larasso to enter a partnership with this person. Fiolo has
been contacting the Ford Motor Co., in Metuchen, New Jersey
and eventually expects to secure this stop for Larasso and Fiolo's
relative to pick up garbage. Fiolo expects Larasso to locate a
suitable dumping site Larasso has been putting Fiolo off until he
could consult with DeCavalcante. DeCavalcante told Larasso
that he would see Carl Gambino about Fiolo's proposition but
that in the meantime Larasso should continue to stall Fiolo
diplomatically. DeCavalcante added that he has heard that Fiolo
is in trouble with Carl Gambino since Fiolo has been accused of
stealing garbage customers from Joe Columbo. (Pg. 1712)

D. On March 1, 1965, Lou Larasso' reported to Sam
DeCavalcante that on February 27, 1965, he had taken James
Failla" and Nick Melillo'" with him to see the president of the
company which owned the proposed dump site. Larasso said the
whole deal was negotiated to evertbody's satisfaction. The pro-
perty will be leased for ten years with a ten year option contin-
gent upon Ralph Pizer being able to secure a garbage permit
from the city of Sayreville. They anticipate no difficulty in this
respect since Pizer is a very influential man in the community
and has already laid the ground work. The first year, the leasing
company will receive 40 cents per load dumped with a
$5,000.00 minimum Then, if the operation is profitable, the fee
will go to 50 cents per load for the remainder of the lease. In ad-
dition, as a "Commission", Pizer and Louie Sisto will receive
together 35 cents per load.

Larasso added that both the New Yorkers were very enthu-
siastic over the deal and the meeting adjourned until their
respective lawyers could get together on the next week. (Newark
Airtel to Washington dated 3/1 5/65) (Pgs. 1407. 1408)

E. On April 9. 1965. Louis Larasso' discussed the pending
garbage dump arrangements with Sam DeCavalcante The pro-
perty is owned by the National Lead Company in Sayreville,
New Jersey. DeCavalcante told Larasso that the Chairman of the
Board of National Lead Company, Mr. Fishman has removed
the President. Ralph Pizer, and Fishman wants to handle future
negotiations himself Although Fishman is more friendly than
Ralph Pizer, Fishman 's terms as set forth in a meeting between a
lawyer and Nick Melillo'" in New York were not as generous.
Fishman wants a fee of $5,000.00 plus an unstated sum per load
dumped, with a guarantee of $ 1 0,000 00 per year.

Larasso was very perplexed that the deal could take such a
turn, after everything had been going along so smoothly.

DeCavalcante briefed Larasso on him meeting with John
Riggi." on the day before. DeCavalcante said he intended to ap-

proach Carlo Gambino" concerning purchase of some property
in Carteret. New Jersey if only to stifle competition. DeCaval-
cante felt that his position might lead Carl Gambino to suspect
him of duplicity if Gambino found that one of DeCavalcante 's
men. namely John Riggi. had gone into a similar type operation.
(Pg 1727)

16. The the Boss of the Family has contacts with legitimate
Business world which permit him to use influence in placing peo-
ple in positions.

A. On April 7. 1965. Sam DeCavalcante was visited by Sal
Caternicchio" and his nephew, a singer, whose professional
name is Nino Rossano. His true name is Giacobee. Rossano is
twenty-four years of age and lives with his parents a 437 Spencer
Street, Elizabeth, New Jersey. Sidney M. Flanzblau," also
known as Cris, attorney for DeCavalcante was present to draw
up a contract between DeCavalcante and the singer. Rossano
has been taking voice lessons from Carlo Menotti at the Car-
negie Hall Studios. He has never made a personal appearance
although Sal has assured DeCavalcante that he can sing better
than Robert Goulet.

The terms of the contract will provide that DeCavalcante will
pay Rossano's singing lessons, certain expenses, plus $40.00 per
week in return for 55% of all of Rossano's earnings, if any.
DeCavalcante plans to meet with Maestro Menotti to work out
the fees. DeCavalcante cautioned Nino Rossano that from then
on he is not to make a move without advising Sal and/or
DeCavalcante. (Pgs. 1675. 1676).

B. On June 23. 1965. Sam DeCavalcante was contacted by
Celetti. who called concerning Nino Rossano, DeCavalcante 's
singer and discussed having an audition at National Broadcasting
Co. in New York City. (Pg. 2132).

On June 25. 1965, Sam DeCavalcante and Harriet Gold," his
secretary discussed where they would meet in New York City
that afternoon as they were going in to New York for a record-
ing session for Sam's singer, Nino Rossano. (Pg. 2151 ).

C. On July 2. 1965. Sam DeCavalcante met with Angelo Fe-
lice. Felice is in need of a job. Felice has a law degree, is married
and lives in New York City with his wife. Norma. He has never
practiced law.

DeCavalcante asked Angelo Felice if he knew Joseph
Profaci." Felice did know him but does not want to connect
himself to any remaining Profaci relatives as Felice believes "the
cops are constantly watching them". DeCavalcante also sug-
gested that Felice see the Celano (phonetic) brothers but Felice
declined, stating that he does not want to connect his name to
those having continuous law enforcement attention.

On July 8. 1965, Sam DeCavalcante was contacted by Max
Kendrick. Sam indicated to Kendrick that he has a friend who is
a lawyer in New York and who was in the Italian film business.
This individual lost out and wants to talk to someone. Max told
Sam that he would see this person and Sam indicated that he ap-
preciated this. (Pg. 2228)

Sam DeCavalcante sent Angelo Felice to see Max Kendrick of
Warner Brother's Inc. on Madison Avenue in New York City.
DeCavalcante told Felice that Kendrick is a contact of his and is
handling DeCavalcante 's singer. Nino Rossano. (Pg. 2256)

17. That the Boss and members of a Family are engaged in

A. On June 29. 1965. Sam DeCavalcante had a meeting
with John Riggi" and Frank Cocchiaro.*' both Caporegimes of
his. John Riggi had recently learned that Shop Stewards of Local
No. 394 pick up the numbers and horse action at the jobs as-
signed to them. Riggi went to Frank Majuri,^ DeCavalcante 's
Underboss about this practice. Majuri told Riggi to continue
doing this practice. However. Riggi brought this matter to
DeCavalcante for Sam's opinion. Riggi feels that because he ap-
points the shop stewards and in the event of an investigation,
which might uncover this practice, then Riggi would be arrested
as the chief gambling figure behind the shop stewards.


Both DeCavalcante and Cocchiaro told Riggi that he would
not be affected if this practice became known to law enforce-
ment authorities, because Riggi could claim that his only interest
in the shop stewards was, if they did the Union work assigned to
them Riggi could show the shop stewards did their work and
would be in the clear.

DeCavalcante warned Riggi to never "okay" anything illegal
unless he knew that he could trust the individual asking Riggi's
permission to do the illegal thing. DeCavalcante told Riggi that
he did right by bringing this matter to his attention as DeCaval-
cante wants to know everything going on concerning Union
Local No. 394. Riggi promised to inform DeCavalcante of
everything that transpires in Union Local No. 394. (Pg. 2234-a)

B On November 4, 1964, Jack Brennan and Larry Wolf-
son" had a discussion. Brennan told Wolfson that he heard there
would be a game there Wolfson warns Jack Brennan that they
may have loaded dice. Brennan is not worried. Jack wants to go
with his partner.

Larry Wolfson** called Johnny Dubruen at the Old Orchard
Country Club Larry advised that he wants to make arrange-
ments for some guests. Larry told Johnny Dubruen that Larry
will be down later in the evening but wants the dinners charged
to Larry's bill Larry then asked Johnny if there would be a game
tonight It appears that there may be a friendly game. Larry
Wolfson then made arrangements for a Jack Martin (true name
Jack Brennan) and a Pat Russo ( Brennan 's partner) to get in the

Wolfson then warned Jack Brennan not to embarrass Larry
Wolfson at the club (pg 559, 160)

C On November 6, 1964, Sam DeCavalcante, Bobby
Basile," his cousin, and Frank Cocchiaro," DeCavalcante 's
Caporegima discussed the lease for the new corporation. Imperi-
al, which is replacing the Mommouth Corp., which is now con-
sidered bankrupt.

DeCavalcante stated we may use the place for a drop for the
numbers. DeCavalcante again mentioned that he may use that
place for a numbers depot. Bobby Basile wanted to know if
DeCavalcante is willing to pay $300.00 a month for the place.
(Pg. 572)

D. On June 23, 1965, Jack Brennan and Pat Delia Russo
visited Sam DeCavalcante Jack Brennan mentioned to Sam
DeCavalcante that Joe Columbo' had closed up both his crap
games in New York City. DeCavalcante said that Columbo was
being followed all the time. (Pg 2133)

E On January 4, 1965, Bobby Basile," Joseph "Whitey"
Danzo"" and Pat Russo visited Sam DeCavalcante. Danzo re-
ported on their gambling venture. He said they had two hits on

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