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Mafia Can Still Muscle NYC February 11, 2008

Posted by tkcollier in Business.
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Gambino-linked mob thugs build profit with taxpayers’ dollars
The mob family busted in the FBI’s massive crackdown is involved in millions of dollars worth of contracts on some of the biggest public and private projects in the city, a Daily News investigation reveals.

The Gambino family’s tentacles reach far and wide, from the massive Manhattan water tunnel project to replacing lights across some of New York’s most heavily trafficked bridges, a review of the 170 pages of charges filed against it last week shows.

The revelations in Thursday’s bombshell indictments are even more shocking as they come years after officials declared the mob had been flushed from the city’s construction trades. Thacher said although the lock the mob had on industries like concrete production and window installation in the 1970s and ’80s has loosened, it’s been replaced by a different disease, control of trucking firms essential to smooth operation at any construction site.

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