Waterfront Case Recalls Farace Hit

What is interesting about the Waterfront Commission case, to us anyway, is that it involves Mario Gallo, one of the three shooters convicted of murdering Costabile "Gus" Farace, who the New York mob sentenced to death for killing undercover DEA agent Everett Hatcher.

The killing of Hatcher in 1989 brought down such intense heat on the five families, it was decided that Farace needed to be killed and his body found.

Mario Gallo was part of the hit team that
killed "Gus" Farace.

Gus was not alone on the night of his death; Joseph Sclafani was driving him. Sclafani himself was shot out of his shoes during the hit but survived. He was arrested once out of the hospital.

It is because of Sclafani that John Gotti  had ordered the deaths of the entire Farace hit team; Sclafani was the son of a trusted Gotti capo and was himself connected to the Gambino family, as well as former Mob Wife Ramona Rizzo (she'd been engaged to Sclafani, until he was sentenced to 10 years for drug dealing).

Louis Tuzzio, a Bonanno associate who very much wanted to become made, had been the key shooter in the Farace hit; he was killed for the Sclafani wounding.

The Luchese family intervened, however, taking Gallo and Jimmy "Froggy" Galione into their borgata.The book Mob Boss: The Life of Little Al D'Arco, the Man Who Brought Down the Mafia includes some details into the Farace problem. We hope to reveal more here about why the Lucheses took in both Gallo and Galione.

Eventually, Nick Tuzzio, Louis's brother and also part of the hit team, was arrested with Galione and Gallo by a team of DEA/NYPD detectives in October 1996. On September 17, 1997, Galione and Gallo admitted in court to murdering Farace. Tuzzio, his brother dead and having no one to back him, "turned," no doubt fearing for his life.

Galione got 22 years and is due out soon. Gallo got 15 years -- and so was out on the street just in time to get caught up in this:

EXCLUSIVE: Waterfront Commission slammed by judge for 'perjury trap' to catch longshoreman whose conviction was overturned - NY Daily News: The Waterfront Commission is all wet after a judge tossed a conviction Wednesday against a longshoreman charged with lying about taking a vacation with a mobster convicted of a gangland rubout, the Daily News has learned.

Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Ronald Zweibel slammed the Waterfront Commission for creating a “perjury trap” in order to nail Dominick DiNapoli, who was convicted last June on five counts of lying to investigators.

DiNapoli, 40, faced up to three years in prison and has been suspended from his $150,000-a-year job as a crane operator.

Detectives from the commission had followed DiNapoli and reputed Luchese associate Mario Gallo to the Dominican Republic where they secretly took photos and videos of the men partying on land and sea.

“As (DiNapoli’s lawyer Mathew Mari) further points out, although the Waterfront Commission ‘had spent thousands of taxpayer dollars to watch a bunch of longshoremen getting drunk day and night going on boats and going swimming’ . . . they did not allow (DiNapoli) to refresh his memory as to the details of the trip in spite of the fact that they had hundreds of photos,” Zweibel wrote in the stinging decision.