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March 25, 2015

           Today the Commission unanimously ordered the denial of the application of Ports America, Inc. on behalf of Eduardo Cangiano for a pier superintendent's license because of Cangiano's longstanding associations with both Nicholas Furina and Joseph LaScala of the Genovese organized crime family. Ports America employed Cangiano as a Terminal Manager at its Port Newark car facility.

           After a hearing, an Administrative Law Judge found that Eduardo Cangiano had associated with Furina and LaScala in circumstances which create a reasonable belief that his participation in any activity requiring a license by the Commission would be inimical to the policies of the Waterfront Commission Act. In doing so, the Judge quoted the Superior Court of New Jersey' Appellate Division's recent decision in which it stated that in addition to actual collusion, the Waterfront Commission Act is concerned with the perception of corruption because it fosters an atmosphere in which organized crime thrives. Nicholas Furina is a longtime associate of the Genovese organized crime family who was removed from the waterfront following a conviction for theft by deception. Joseph LaScala is a Capo in the Genovese organized crime family who is currently under indictment on racketeering charges. The Administrative Law Judge also found that by maintaining these relationships Cangiano demonstrated that he lacks the good character and integrity required of a pier superintendent.


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