*** For nearly two years several reputed associates and members of the Bonanno crime family were having their conversations recorded through a bug that was planted in the Staten Island meat market Belfiore Meats on Victory Blvd which was co-owned by George Miller. The meat market allegedly was used as headquarters for now-dead Bonanno soldier Joseph (Junior) Chilli. The crew was indicted last August on a host of charges:
Capo Gerald (Gerry Chilli) Chilli, 74, who is already in prison, was charged with extortion; George Miller, 68, an associate, was charged with collecting debts; and two others, Richard Cendali, 40, and Anthony Zeni, 46, were charged with running a criminal gambling operation. Charged with racketeering: John (Big John) Contello, 55, an acting captain; Michael Carucci, 38; and Vincent (Vinny Bionics) Disario, 47, a soldier who is also a night foreman at the New York Post, prosecutors said.
The case is being prosecuted out of the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York.
*** After his conviction in connection with mobbed-up control over the carting industry in Connecticut, New Fairfield has decided to remove local resident and benefactor James Galante's name from the high school's sports stadium:
Galante donated money and in-kind services for construction of the stadium. Federal officials say he gave the school district $2 million. But school board members thought it was inappropriate for the stadium to be named after a criminal, so they decided recently to rename it Rebel Stadium, after the school mascot.