October 15, 1997
The man described by Federal prosecutors
as the acting underboss and second-ranking member of the Genovese
organized crime family was sentenced yesterday to 21 months in
prison for his role in extorting money from a construction union.
The man, Michael Generoso, 80, had pleaded
guilty to conspiring to extort payoffs from officers and employees
of Local 46 of the Mason Tenders District Council of Greater New
York, prosecutors said.
Judge Lewis A. Kaplan of Federal District
Court in Manhattan also sentenced Mr. Generoso to 30 months of
home confinement and fined him $4,000. He had previously forfeited
approximately $248,000 to the Government as part of his plea,
in which prosecutors also dropped murder and racketeering charges
against Mr. Generoso.