Three officials with alleged mob ties got the boot today from the union representing the city’s 15,000 school bus drivers and escorts. Union delegates Paul Maddalone, his brother Nick Maddalone, and Gary Gugliaro were told they were personnae non grata by union trustee Tommy Mullins, who has been running Local 1181 of the Amalgamated Transport Union since the local was exposed as a nest of mob corruption by a federal investigation.
The officials’ removal comes one month after The Voice reported that former union bigs had named the Maddalones and others of having ties to mobsters.
All three men were closely associated with ex-local president Sal Battaglia, a Genovese crime family associate who pleaded guilty in January to federal bribery and conspiracy charges.
An attorney representing the local’s trustees said the internal probe is continuing.
“This action was taken based on published accounts including The Voice, as well as an indpedendent investigation conducted by the trustee,” said Bruce Maffeo, a former federal prosecutor brought in to help clean up the local. “We believe it was an appropriate response. The investigation is continuing and we remain prepared to take additional action.”