(PresidentialInsider.com)- Anthony Scotto, perhaps one of the best0known union leaders in the country and one of the most powerful union leaders in the country at one time, has passed away at the age of 87. The news was announced by his daughter.
Scotto, who was born in Brooklyn, started his life working on the docks before heading up the International Longshoreman Association. His endorsement was sought by some of the most recognizable names in politics, including former presidents Jimmy Carter and Lyndon B. Johnson, and even former New York Governor Mario Cuomo.
Famously, Scott was eventually convicted of being a “capo” in the Gambino crime family, which at the time ran most of the docks in New York. Scotto spent three years in prison from 1980 and was made to pay a $75,000 fine. He was charged with income tax fraud and racketeering.
It was one of the most famous trials in history, given his huge fall from grace. However, throughout the trial and even afterward, Scotto insisted that he was innocent.
Rosanna Scotto announced on social media that her family is “broken-hearted” to announce her father’s passing.
“Born May 10, 1934, he grew up in the Red Hook, Carroll Garden section of Brooklyn,” she said.
Rosanna also described how he progressed from the St. Francis Preparatory School in Brooklyn and studied political science and pre-law before working as a longshoreman on the Brooklyn waterfront.
While Scotto maintains his innocence, his family had a history of working with the mafia. Scotto married Marion Anastasio in 1957, the daughter of Anthony Anastasio, a capo in the Anastasia crime family.