A Manhasset union leader was one of 11 members or associates of the Genovese organized-crime family indicted Wednesday in Brooklyn federal court on a variety of criminal charges, including extorting an official of a Long Island labor union and shaking down vendors at the San Gennaro festival in Little Italy, according to federal officials.
Robert Scalza, 66, the secretary-treasurer of Local 713 of the International Union of Journeymen and Allied Trades, was charged with conspiracy, racketeering and extortion, according to an indictment filed by Eastern District federal prosecutors.
Scalza, who was identified as an associate of the Genovese family, threatened an official of an unnamed rival Long Island labor union, which was attempting to organize an unnamed Long Island business, the indictment said. Scalza hoped to have his union organize the company, the indictment said, but did not say whether Scalza's union succeeded.
Conrad Ianniello, 68, of Staten Island, identified as a captain in the Genovese family, was also charged in the union extortion, as well as with extorting money from vendors at the San Gennaro festival from April 2008 and September 2008 "by instilling in them fear" of physical injury or damage to their property. The indictment did not state how many vendors were extorted or the amount of money involved.
The defendants were being arraigned Wednesday night.