NYC cracks down on unlicensed waste haulers with mob ties

City officials are looking into three companies that have allegedly been transporting waste without necessary licenses as part of a construction project at John F. Kennedy Airport.

New York City Mayor Eric Adams and other officials plan to crack down on local waste haulers with mob ties, reports the New York Daily News.

During a July 27 press conference, Adams said the city is currently looking into three companies—LMC Trucking Corp., Jersey City, New Jersey; Ferreira Construction Co., Branchburg, New Jersey; and Bond Civil & Utility Construction Inc., Medford, Massachusetts—under the premise that they have been hauling trash as part of a construction project at John F. Kennedy Airport (JFK) without required licenses from the New York City Business Integrity Commission (BIC).

“We cannot allow commercial waste hauling to become a dirty business,” Adams said of the illegal waste hauling. “New Yorkers deserve clean business practices in every industry, and on my watch, that’s what they will get. We will not tolerate criminal activity that threatens our public safety or the integrity of a critical industry.”

As reported by the Daily News, hauling commercial waste without a license from the BIC is punishable by up to six months in prison. Offenders can also face criminal fines of upward of $10,000, or $5,000 levies for every day of illegal hauling.

Port Authority Inspector General John Gay, whose agency helped the BIC investigate the illicit business operations, said the companies were hired by Delta Airlines as part of the construction work it was overseeing on the airport’s fourth terminal.

The most concerning of the three companies is LMC Trucking Corp., according to BIC Chairwoman Elizabeth Crotty, which kept hauling waste even though it was denied a license from the commission in 2020 due to the company principal’s connection to the Gambino crime family.

In 2019, William Cioffi admitted under oath in an unrelated court case that he paid off a Gambino captain to get waste management contracts. During the trial, Cioffi said he believed the tactic would bring in more trucking work.

Unlicensed commercial waste management emerged as a major issue in 2018 after Sanitation Salvage, one of the city’s largest haulers at the time, was stripped of its BIC license in the wake of its drivers being involved in several fatal vehicle crashes, reports the Daily News.

New York Police Department Commissioner Keechant Sewell said the crackdown on the illicit garbage runners will “make JFK safer.”

“It is imperative that we keep the busiest port on the East Coast operating safely and with the utmost integrity,” Sewell said during the July 27 press conference. “Not only is it our responsibility, [but] it is [also] critical to the infrastructure, economy, and vitality of our nation.”

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