Anthony Bazzini a reputed mobster in the Gambino crime family was sentenced to a year and a day in prison for making threats of bodily harm against a rival business owner. He was busted along with thirty one other reputed mobsters last year as part of an alleged scheme between the Gambino , Lucchese, and Genovese families to control the New York and New Jersey waste carting industry. Among those busted was reputed Genovese family associate Carmine “Papa Smurf” Franco and retired state trooper Mario Velez who also coped to fairly light plea deals. Franco was sentenced to a year and a day in prison after coping his own plea and Velez avoided jail all together.
The 2013 mob carting case really ended in a whimper with the sentencing of Bazzini to just over a year. Prosecutors wanted a stiffer sentence for Bazzini who plead guilty as part of a plea agreement because of his history of making similar violent threats. Back in 2003 he was convicted of extortion for threatening to cut a stockbrokers mothers hands off and killing the brokers whole family over some lost investments.
The case did prove that the mafia is still making an effort to clean up in the garbage business in both New York and New Jersey with the use of strong arm tactics. Garbage has long been a very profitable area for the New York mafia and their grip on that industry although weakened still exists.