New York’s prime building union official James Cahill, who has been indicted on corruption charges, has “in depth ties to members of organized crime” — together with former Gambino boss John Gotti, federal prosecutors allege in a brand new courtroom submitting.
The declare was made in a letter Monday opposing Cahill’s bid to have his bail circumstances modified from residence confinement with an ankle monitor to a curfew.
Cahill, the pinnacle of the New York State Constructing and Building Trades Council, was charged in October, alongside 10 others, with racketeering, fraud and bribery for allegedly steering contracts away from the very unions he was supposed to assist.
In a recorded assembly with a cooperating supply, Cahill allegedly bragged about his mob ties whereas accepting a $3,000 bribe, in keeping with Jason Swergold, assistant US lawyer for the Southern District of New York.
“John [Gotti, former boss of the Gambino Crime Family] was like this [crossing his fingers] with my brother and brother-in-law and this man, Bosko. That was his crew. That was his Irish crew,” he allegedly boasted on March 13, 2020.
Cahill seemed to be referencing his brother Mickey Cahill, a member of the Westies — an Irish American crime gang that operated out of Hell’s Kitchen — his brother-in-law Buddy Leahy, and former head of the Westies Bosko Radonjic, the prosecutor wrote.
In recorded conversations, Cahill allegedly known as himself the final of the Westies.
The group’s former chief, James Coonan, who was aligned with the Gambino crime household, was convicted in 1988 of homicide and extortion, prosecutors mentioned.
The feds additionally allegedly noticed Cahill assembly with the pinnacle of Group Amerika/Grupo Amerika, a Serbian crime household, on quite a few events, the submitting states.
“Mr. Cahill doesn’t have any ties to organized crime,” mentioned his lawyer, Sam Talkin. “The Authorities cites historical anecdotes and contradictory info in assist of their declare, which demonstrates the weak point of the declare.”
The prosecutors argued that if Cahill had been topic to solely a curfew, he might use his alleged ties to organized crime to threaten potential witnesses.
He’s at present on residence detention with a $500,000 bond.
Cahill, the scheme’s accused ringleader, and his cronies allegedly acquired over $100,000 in bribes since October 2018 so the union wouldn’t harass non-union staff, in keeping with the indictment.
On Oct. 21, 2019, Cahill allegedly informed the cooperating supply to not develop into a member. “Inform everybody to go f— themselves,” he allegedly suggested throughout a recorded assembly. “If you happen to develop into union, you’ll have 12 f—king guys your again.”