FBI: Salvester Zarzana America’s most powerful Mafia family active in unions
Salvester Zarzana, a former president of Carpenters Local 926,
The FBI busted 11 reputed gangsters and union bosses Wednesday, charging that the most powerful mafia family in America continues to infiltrate unions around the city.
Brooklyn U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch unsealed an indictment naming 11 individuals in a variety of schemes tied to the Genovese crime family.
One of those arrested was Salvester Zarzana, a former president of Carpenters Local 926 who was identified by the feds as a soldier in the Genovese family.
Zarzana has been connected to a group of disgraced union officials who are organizing an off-shoot union that authorities believe is moving to take over the biggest construction union in the city, the District Council of Carpenters.
The Daily News revealed Sunday the ongoing investigation of the upstart Amalgamated Carpenters & Joiners’ effort.
Zarzana is “closely associated” with Angelo Bisceglie, an attorney who’s heavily involved in the upstart Amalgamated union. The purported takeover is under investigation by a court-appointed review officer, Dennis Walsh.
Zarzana was kicked out as president of the Carpenters Local 926 over questions about his abuse of union credit card. He denied knowing anything about the Genovese crime family or the mafia in general in a sworn affidavit made last year.
One of those arrested Wednesday was Conrad Ianniello, identified as a capo or captain in the Genovese family. He’s accused of using his mob connections to shake down contractors and even demand payments from vendors at the San Gennaro street fair.