MICHAEL BEEBE; News Staff Reporter
July 4, 1996
Members of Laborers Local 210, a union taken
over by its international for alleged mob-influence, continues
to defy the international by electing a slate of convention delegates
that includes a man the international claims is part of the Buffalo
Victor Sansanese, identified by the Laborers
International Union of North America last month as one of 16 Local
210 members in the Buffalo mob, was among seven delegates elected
to attend the international's convention Sept. 23-25 in Las Vegas.
The international named another 12 Local
210 members it said associates with mob members as it said it
wanted all 28 removed from the union.
Instead, members voted to have Sansanese
represent them at the parent union's convention, and nearly elected
another man -- Nicholas Zendano -- who was named by the international
as a mob associate.
But a recount, union officials said Wednesday,
showed that Kathleen St. John narrowly defeated Zendano.
Also elected as delegates were Peter Capitano
Jr., Sam Capitano, Everett Caci, Jack Whitmer and Edward Bell.
Lawyers from a Boston law firm who monitored the election for the international union failed to return telephone calls for comment.