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Longshoreman Suspended After Arrest for Unlawful Possession of a Handgun, Defacement of a Handgun and Receiving Stolen Property

March 12, 2020

The Waterfront Commission of New York Harbor temporarily suspended the registration of longshoreman Robert Florio, 50, of Staten Island, New York, pending an administrative hearing. The temporary suspension was the result of his arrest on February 29, 2020, in Hazlet, New Jersey, for Unlawful Possession of a Handgun (a crime of the second degree), Defacement of a Firearm (a crime of the third degree), and Receiving Stolen Property (a crime of the third degree) in which Hazlet police recovered a loaded and defaced .22 caliber handgun from a Best Western Hotel room paid for by Florio in cash. The handgun had been reported stolen from Jacksonville, Florida. The Hotel room contained multiple personal items belonging to Florio.

Florio is temporarily barred from the waterfront pending an administrative hearing at the Waterfront Commission. The hearing will determine whether the Waterfront Commission will revoke, cancel, or further suspend Florio’s registration as a longshoreman.

The Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office is prosecuting the pending criminal matter.

Waterfront Commission of New York Harbor