November 14, 1952, New York Times, Leaders Of Tammany Admit Close Links To Racketeers As State Opens Crime Study; Silent On Incomes; Costello, Luchese Most Frequently Mentioned by 12 Witnesses; Erickson Privileges Told; 184 'Bench Visits' and 'Soft' Jobs in Jail Laid to Correction Chief by Ex-Warden, by Meyer Berger, View original in TimesMachine,
A clear pattern of close relationships between Tammany district leaders and underworld figures in the city was drawn yesterday from witnesses at the first open hearing conducted by the New York State Crime Commission in New York County.
testified that Mr. Kantor pleaded that he needed more money because he was involved, at the time, in fighting a charge of election fraud brought against him by the Federal Government. When Mr. Kantor took the stand, and was
Two of the Tammany district leaders heard were Alfred Toplitz, former leader of the First Assembly District, Northwest, and Sidney Moses, leader of the Sixth Assembly District, South.
Outside of manufacturing ladies' handbags, [Mr. Moses] said, his only non-public job was in public relations---"public and labor relations, advising." He gave it up.
The former Tammany Hall secretary admitted having his name in an advertisement with that of Dominic Cantalupe, identified as a bookmaker. He testified he stayed at a hotel in Florida owned by Little Augie Pisano.
The underworld characters whom Tammany leaders admitted they knew and hobnobbed with included in addition to Costello and Luchese: Joe Adonis, Joseph Biondo, Phil Kastel, Frank Erickson, Trigger Mike Coppola, Arthur (Dutch Schultz) Flegenheimer, Joie Rao, Pisano, the Moretti brothers, Willie and Salvatore,Knohl and James P. O'Connell, aide to Costello.
Former Supreme Court Justice Joseph M. Proskauer presided over the hearing most of the day, flanked by Ignatius M. Wilkinson
Mr. Proskauer directed that seven witnesses who were present but not called yesterday appear in court again at 2 o'clock this afternoon. They were Abe Rosenthal, Clarence Neal, I. V.. Neustin, E.V. Loughlin, Hiugo Rogers, J.P. O'Connell and Generoso Pope Jr.
Mr. Rubin also testifies that Mr. Kantor pleaded that he needed more money because he was involved, at the time, in fighting a charge of election fraud brought against him by the Federal Government.
Vote Fraud Conviction Reversed
Mr. Kantor persisted in declaring that he never had been convicted on the election fraud charge. It developed later that the charge had been reversed.
Mr. Moses, who has held the posts of Assemblyman, secretary of Tammany Hall and Deputy Commissioner of Borough Works...