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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Galante's Transfer Station Sale to be Announced Wednesday

Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton and the Winter Brothers are likely to announce the sale of the Danbury Transfer Station today.
The sale of the transfer station at 307 White St., where much of the region's trash is processed, seems to end most if not all of the remaining ties between former trash Czar James Galante and the 25-plus businesses he created in the Danbury area before his arrest in 2006 and his conviction of racketeering conspiracy in 2008.
Boughton declined to identify the buyer in advance of today's announcement.
The Winter Brothers Winter Brothers Waste Systems CT, headquartered in Danbury, already bought Automated Waste Disposal Companies of Danbury, the former AWD and 25 smaller haulers, from the U.S. Marshals Service. That deal was announced on March 31. By purchasing the transfer station, the Danbury-based Winter Brothers company has expanded its western Connecticut holdings.
Vito Genovese in a police photoVito Genovese, crime family patriarch
James Galante of New Fairfield, pleaded guilty on June 3, 2008, to racketeering conspiracy. As of that date, Galante pleaded guilty to three charges that arose from a 117-count indictment of Galante and people he worked with, including members of the Genovese family of La Cosa Nostra, according to the federal indictment.
The indictment said Matthew Ianniello, known as "The Horse," was a member of the Genovese family of La Cosa Nostra, who conspired with Galante and Galante's partner, Thomas Milo, another associate of the Genovese Organized Crime Family. What they did, the indictment said, was agree to stifle competition among trash haulers. That had the impact of rising prices for consumers and commercial businesses.
The indictment said organized crime enforced the system, and collected tribute payments because they kept out competition. People who tried to break into the hauling business were attacked. Their drivers and employees were assaulted. Their equipment was vandalized. They were subjected to predatory pricing. They were locked out of the transfer station. This system was in effect from "at least the mid-1980s," the indictment said.
As part of his plea deal, Galante forfeited his ownership in 25 trash hauling companies, his property at 530 Main Street North, Southbury, six racing cars, a Featherlite Trailer used to haul racing cars, $448,153.10 in cash, and he agreed to withdraw from all participation in the trash industry in the U.S.
He pleaded guilty to conspiracy to violate the federal Racketeer Influenced Corruption Organizations Act (RICO) one count of conspiring to defraud the IRS, and one count of conspiring to commit wire fraud.
In pleading guilty on June 3, 2008, Galante admitted to circumventing the United Hockey League's annual salary cap, which was set at $275,000. Galante's payroll was $750,000, federal authorities said in the announcement of Galante's guilty plea. Galante admitted in his guilty plea to putting several players and or their spouses on the payroll of various trash hauling companies, although they did not work for those companies. With that conviction, he started serving an 87-month sentence in a Pennsylvania prison.



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