Ties to Debarred Individuals
Although Marc Savino does not appear to personally have a criminal record, his relatives Frank (Marc’s father) and Joseph Savino both agreed to lifetime debarments from the NYC trade waste industry after pleading guilty to Criminal Facilitation in the Fourth Degree (rendering aid to a person who intends to commit a crime) in 1998, for which Frank was also sentenced to three years probation.
A 2015 BIC decision denying a license to another Staten Island-based waste company detailed the connections between Frank and Joseph Savino, their former employee Vito Pesce, and known Gambino crime family member Joseph Gallo. According to the BIC decision, in a 1997 sworn statement before the Business Integrity Commission, Pesce said that he used his relationships with Gallo to obtain several customer accounts for the Savino waste companies. The Commission’s 1997 investigation of an organized, anti-competitive cartel among New York City waste haulers also found that the Savino companies had accepted $24,000 in illegal payments from another hauler as compensation for customer accounts “taken” from the Savinos.
In its 1997 denial of another waste hauler’s license, the Trade Waste Commission also revealed that in 1994 and 1995, the Savinos were paid more than $672,065 for “selling” customer routes to other haulers in exchange for large upfront cash payments.
Despite Business Integrity Commission rules prohibiting licensed trade waste companies from doing businesses with debarred individuals, Pro Publica has reported that Frank Savino still appeared to own the Elizabeth, NJ site on which Century Waste operates.
Despite Frank Savino’s lifetime ban from the New York trade waste industry, he also played an active role as a negotiator to lower the sale price of a New Jersey waste company in 2001, and called his father to the picket line to threaten striking Teamsters at the same company following the acquisition in 2002, according to testimony cited in a 2004 National Labor Relations Board decision:
“DiMarco testified that at one of the negotiating sessions Frank [Savino] asked whether DiMarco could lower the price. DiMarco testified that “when Marc [Savino] brought his father there, I felt obligated to give him a better price.” DiMarco testified that he reduced the sale price by $25,000 because he and Frank “spoke the same language” and “had the same background.”