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Once upon a time Anthony Rumore was the college-educated future of the Teamsters in New York. His old man, Louis, was—without question—a wise guy. Louis, a Gambino crime family soldier got the boot early on during the big Teamsters cleanup that began in the late 1980s.
But Anthony went to Fordham and even had a master’s degree in business from Pace, and the court-appointed investigators who have spent the last 15 years rooting out corrupt officials in the union never laid a glove on him.
Like his father before him, Anthony headed a prosperous trucking local whose members hauled most of the soda, liquor and beer in the metro area. The son was so whistle-clean that the Teamsters even chose him as head of the 25,000-member Teamsters Joint Council 16.
Now, whatever problems Anthony Rumore had, he brought them on himself. And to read this week’s federal indictment is to marvel at his pig-headed gall:
The only puzzle is what took so long.
The Voice reported back in May 2004 about Anthony’s wayward ways.
His high-priced lawyer, and old pal from Fordham, Tom Puccio, said the same thing back then as he told the press this week after the feds finally dropped the boom: “He’s never been in trouble before.”
But there’s clearly a first time.