We’ve mentioned the little problem with the organized crime infested New York Transit Workers union Local 1181 a few times here on the Union Label. Well, we can report that another indictment in this growing and embarrassing scandal has been handed down.
Joseph Fazzia, owner of Jofaz Transportation was charged with making false statements to the FBI.
And that isn’t all…
But that union’s corrupt president, Salvatore Battaglia, last week pleaded guilty to taking payoffs and said several bus company owners have made regular payments to his union for decades.
The union has been controlled by the Genovese crime family since the 1970s, helping private bus companies milk the taxpayers and pumping millions into mob pockets.
Prosecutors identified three owners who said they had made payments to the union: Domenic Gatto, owner of Atlantic Express; Ray Fouche, owner of Rainbow Transit and Robert Dimino, owner of Safe Coach.
These companies currently have millions of dollars in DOE contracts to transport tens of thousands of New York City students.
It is a huge embarrassment to the New York Department of Education and no end seems to be in sight yet.
We’ll keep our eye on this mounting scandal and the corruption it reveals.