Saturday, August 14, 2010

Carpenters Union Big is Hammered

By BRUCE GOLDING

An indicted union official's taste for booze could prove his undoing.

Brian Hayes, John Daly, John Greaney pictured with former president Bill Clinton
Prosecutors yesterday asked a judge to let them introduce evidence of the "considerable drinking" by carpenters Local 608 business agent Brian Hayes as part of the corruption case against him.

The Manhattan federal-court filing says Hayes "cultivated his criminal relationship with other union officials and assorted contractors over drinks at Irish pubs throughout the city."

Cooperating witnesses are set to testify that "bribes were paid to Hayes and other corrupt union officials in the very same Irish pubs where Hayes would meet his co-conspirators to drink."

The daytime elbow-bending also put Hayes "on notice" that his union buddies "were themselves violating their fiduciary duties to monitor accurately the carpenters working on job sites," the feds allege.

A lawyer for Hayes -- who's charged with taking payoffs to let contractors hire illegal aliens off the books -- didn't respond to requests for comment.

Also yesterday, former carpenters shop steward Brian Carson was ordered to serve 19 months in the slammer.

The case also toppled powerful labor leader Michael Forde, who pleaded guilty last month.

(John's note. My prediction: expect another round of forced retirements and resignations.)

3 comments:

  1. And Lawrence D'Errico is the only Trustee to the council who is clean. how can that be. Isn't he guilty by association. Impossible, Now get rid of him and that Paul Caperso .

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  2. Dollar Bill HanleyAugust 14, 2010 at 8:13 PM

    Lawrence and Paul think it will be their turn to rob the members. Sorry to disappoint you. Denis walsh will not allow that to happen. you missed to boat guys.

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  3. there is not one business rep. speaking out on these charges what do they have to hide. They should be outraged.

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