Opposition to Anti-Corruption Measures
Ties to individuals banned from waste industry
Multiple generations of the Toscano family have run afoul of the law, and opposed city regulations intended to break organized cartels in the private waste industry.
In 1974, brothers Thomas and Nicholas Toscano were among the private haulers indicted by the Brooklyn district attorney for conspiracy to restrain trade.
Nicholas Toscano and several other family members appear on a list of individuals who agreed to lifetime bans from the NYC waste industry after investigations exposed widespread cartel influence in waste industry associations and among private haulers in the 1990s, and the City began requiring waste industry participants to meet a standard of “good character, honesty and integrity.”
The Toscanos have vocally decried regulation of the private waste industry, consistently claiming that “the cartel and everything else they said was going on is long gone.” John S. Toscano and Mr. T Carting were among the plaintiffs who attempted to avoid new background-check requirements by unsuccessfully suing the city in 1997. They also continue to publicly oppose longstanding city price regulations for private waste services, despite a well-documented history of collusion among haulers to charge artificially high prices to NYC small businesses.
Attempted hiring of ex-gambino drug trfficker
Despite their many public assurances of how corruption-free the trade waste industry is, as recently as 2013, the Toscanos were subject to a City enforcement action when they hired Frank Coppola, a convicted drug trafficker with ties to the Gambino and Lucchese crime families. When the Business Integrity Commission uncovered Coppola’s extensive criminal history and ongoing contact with organized crime figures following his release from prison, the agency took administrative action forbidding Mr. T from continuing to employ Coppola. Despite the fact that the Toscanos had received an immediate warning about Coppola’s questionable history from BIC, the Toscanos pressed forward and even sued the city on behalf of their new employee in April 2013 to force the agency to take final administrative action on Coppola’s employment. The Toscano/Coppola lawsuit against city regulators was discontinued by stipulation in February, 2014 prior to the City’s ultimate denial of Mr. T’s application to employ Coppola in November, 2014.
Prior to the Toscano application, Coppola was an employee of the Metropolitan Recycling Corporation, another member of a new anti-reform trade association called New Yorkers for Responsible Waste Management.