Updated news on the Gambino, Genovese, Bonanno, Lucchese and Colombo Organized Crime Families of New York City.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Impending arrests of Lucchese mobsters today?

Manhattan prosecutors are set to bust open a city Department of Buildings bribery scheme run by the mob, sources say.

Those expected to be arrested as early as today include Matthew Madonna and Joseph DiNapoli, the reputed acting boss and underboss of the Lucchese crime family, the sources say.

Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau is expected to charge about a half-dozen Department of Buildings employees with taking bribes from contractors, some of which were controlled by the mob, the sources say.

City officials declined to comment yesterday, as did several lawyers representing some of those expected to be charged.

Prosecutors said they'd have an announcement today dealing with their rackets unit.

As the Daily News reported in April, the probe arose during a gambling and loansharking investigation involving organized crime figures operating at a housing development called Boricua Village in the Bronx.

Allegations surfaced that contractors on that job had paid bribes to city Buildings Department employees to expedite permits.

The Department of Buildings has been at the heart of several recent mishaps, including the deadly collapse of two tower cranes in Manhattan last year and the fatal 2007 fire at the Deutsche Bank tower that killed two firefighters.


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