|Photo by Adrian Kinloch, Brooklyn Day rally 6/5/08|
The Daily News reported last night,
Three Genovese wiseguys and two associates pleaded guilty Thursday [sic] to shakedowns of construction contractors and a labor union.Sentencing is 3/14/14, according to the New York Post. The extortion scheme was unrelated to Atlantic Yards. The indictment described an extortion conspiracy charge and an extortion charge relating to a construction site "located at the intersection of Gold Street, Johnson Street and Flatbush Avenue" in Brooklyn--which could be the sites for the Oro or Avalon Fort Greene towers.
Reputed soldier James Bernardone, 45, agreed to step down as secretary treasurer of Local 124 as part of copping to extorting a contractor. Sal Zarzana, an alleged made man, pleaded guilty to the same extortion scheme.
At "Brooklyn Day"
An image search for Zarzana turns up several shots from the 6/5/08 "Brooklyn Day" rally in support of Atlantic Yards. Zarzana was the only speaker to target elected officials who were opponents or critics of the project. “There’s a bunch of politicians we need to straighten out, like [City Council Member] Tish James,” he nearly screamed, near apoplexy.
Interestingly enough, he stood very near then-state Sen. Carl Kruger, who's also in prison.
Below is a video shot by the Carpenters Union, with Zarzana in the cover frame. His part starts about one minute in.