Checker Application Withdrawn with Prejudice Following Charges of Fraud and Association with Organized Crime Members
July 17, 2017
On July 17, 2017, the Commission accepted the request of Samuel G. Manganella to withdraw his application for registration as a checker with prejudice.
On March 18, 2015, the NYSA sponsored Mr. Manganella for registration as a checker at APM Terminals in Elizabeth, New Jersey. A Notice of Hearing was thereafter issued, charging that Mr. Manganella associated with members and associates of organized crime groups, racketeers and career offenders, specifically Lucchese Soldiers Joseph M. Perna, Lucchese Associates Michael and Frank Cetta, and Genovese Associate Vincent Aulisi. It was alleged that Mr. Manganella repeatedly socialized with these individuals, including vacations to Aruba and Mexico with Joseph M. Perna. Mr. Manganella also knowingly associated with persons convicted of racketeering activity as Joseph M. Perna was convicted of Racketeering, in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Morris County, on January 7, 2016, and his grandfather, Vincent Aulisi, former president of ILA Local 1235, was convicted of Extortion Conspiracy, in the United States District Court, District of New Jersey, on October 20, 2014. Aulisi extorted his local’s members on behalf of the Genovese Family. Mr. Manganella falsely denied and/or misrepresented these associations during his April 7, 2016 Waterfront Commission Article IV interview and additionally falsely stated that he had no contact with his grandfather Vincent Aulisi while he was serving his federal prison sentence . The Notice of Hearing further alleged that Mr. Manganella lacks the requisite good character and integrity to be registered as a checker due to his associations and the frauds and misrepresentations he committed in connection with his Commission interview.
Facing charges of violating the Waterfront Commission Act, Mr. Manganella requested the withdrawal of his application for registration as a checker with prejudice. On July 17, 2017, the Commission accepted his request, thereby barring Mr. Manganella from working as a checker on the ports of New York Harbor.