Longshoreman’s Application Withdrawn with Prejudice Following Charges of Organized Crime Associations and Frauds
January 31 2019
Today, the Waterfront Commission accepted the request of Michielangelo Palumbo, 42, of Staten Island, NY, to withdraw with prejudice his application for registration as a longshoreman. Palumbo was a referral of Local 1814 of the International Longshoremen’s Association. At the time of his request, he faced 37 counts at an administrative hearing of violating the Waterfront Commission Act. The Notice of Hearing included allegations that Palumbo was the subject of orders of protection, failed to file tax returns in 2017, and failed to disclose on his Commission application a history of drug use, driver license suspensions, and associations with organized crime figures. Specifically, the Notice of Hearing alleged that Palumbo had associated with the following career offenders:
- Giovanni (John) Galluzzo, an alleged associate of the Lucchese crime family who was convicted of Conspiracy to Commit Arson, Illegal Gambling, and Extortionate Collection of Credit Conspiracy;
- Frank (Frankie Jupiter) Martini, an alleged associate of the Bonanno crime family who was convicted of Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) and Conspiracy to Distribute Cocaine;
- John F. Riccobono, an alleged member of the Gambino crime family; and
- Robert Tarantola, who was convicted of Enterprise Corruption and Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Fourth Degree.
Palumbo also allegedly failed to disclose his complete employment history on his Commission application.
Facing 37 counts of violating the Waterfront Commission Act, Palumbo requested the withdrawal with prejudice of his application. Today, the Commission accepted the request, thereby barring Palumbo from working on the ports of New York Harbor as a registered longshoreman.