Editor's note: This story originally ran on May 12, 1993.
Eight reputed members of the Genovese crime family were convicted Tuesday of federal racketeering and extortion charges in connection with attempts to infiltrate their operations into Atlantic City.
The charges stemmed from attempts to expand illegal gambling operations into the resort and secure construction contracts for work on the Atlantic City International Airport.
But federal jurors acquitted members of more serious murder and kidnapping charges stemming from a 1978 slaying of a reputed rival family member.
The jurors found the lead defendant, Salvatore "Sally Dogs" Lombardi, 52, of Staten Island, N.Y., guilty of racketeering, extortion and illegal gambling.
The panel of nine women and three men deliberated 10 days before returning the split verdicts in the 14-week trial of the alleged members of the New York-based Genovese crime family.
Federal prosecutors maintained during the trial that Genovese crime family members were looking to expand into Atlantic City.
Prosecutors presented wiretaps, recorded conversations and testimony of an undercover federal agent who posed as a bookmaker in 1990 looking to set up shop in Atlantic City.
Jurors heard tapes of defendants promising mob protection to an undercover agent, and discussing contracts for work on the airport the $254 million convention center project.
Contracts were never awarded during the investigation because public funding had not yet been approved.
Recorded conversations - which included a Genovese family member speaking to a member of a different criminal organization - supported federal agents' beliefs that the resort remains an "open town" for organized crime.
"Any La Cosa Nostra family can do business in Atlantic City as long as they tell others what they're doing," said Jim Darcy, supervising agent of the Organized Crime Squad of the FBI's resident agency in Atlantic City.
U.S. Attorney Michael Chertoff said the racketeering convictions dealt a serious blow to the Genovese family's operations in northern New Jersey.
"It's another arm of the Genovese family lopped off and demolished," said Chertoff, who was in the courtroom of U.S. District Judge
Maryanne Trump Barry to hear the verdict.
"This is part of our effort to dismantle one of the most powerful organized crime families in the state of New Jersey," Chertoff added.
Alan Futerfas, the attorney for Lombardi, noted the jury acquitted his client of the most serious charges.
Futerfas also noted that sentencing for the racketeering convictions would be based on the underlying offenses, in this case extortion and illegal gambling.
Futerfas said that Lombardi would at most get four years in prison.
"An appeal is planned," Futerfas said.
Another defendant, Alexander "Alley Boy" Cuomo, 52, of Brooklyn, N.Y., was cleared of the August 1982 murder of Anthony Mongelli, a Genovese family member and the driver of former family boss Frank "Funzi" Tieri.
In addition to Lombardi and Cuomo, the other defendants found guilty of racketeering are:
*John "Johnny Moose" Marrone, 56, of Edison; Ralph Marino, 56, of Brentwood, N.Y.;
*Joseph Maniscalco, 52, of Staten Island, N.Y.;
*Armand Cucciniello, 40, of East Hanover;
*Peter "Petey Pecks" Tommasino, 45, of Brooklyn, N.Y.;
*and Michael Paris, 44, of West Orange.
Marrone was also found guilty of conspiracy to commit murder based on statements he made in conservations secretly taped by the government.
But Assistant U.S. Attorney Terrence Flynn said the intended victim of the murder was never identified.
Originally, 11 defendants were scheduled to go on trial. But one, Leonard Macaluso, 57, of Orange, died before the trial started.
Andrew "The Blade" Nedza, 46, of Orange, pleaded guilty to a minor illegal gambling charge just prior to jury deliberations.
The trial of James Martorano, 50, of Quincy, Mass., was severed from the others.