The Mafia still runs rackets on the New York and New Jersey docks says Jan Gilhooly who served on the Waterfront Commission of New York Harbor as reported by NJ Advance:
"The port is a perfect setting for organized crime and it always has been," said Gilhooly. "There's so much money involved." He added the influence remains even after prosecutors make arrests. "That's the way organized crime works. One part goes away, and another tentacle takes its place," he said.
Moreover, Robert Stewart, former head of the federal Organized Crime Strike Force in New Jersey, says "the operations at the port are less violent, and far more lucrative, and it has only gotten more sophisticated": "'You're not seeing anything. There's no bodies. But that suggests a higher level of ability to work,' observed Stewart."