Daily News from New York, New York on May 13, 1961 · 63
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4c DAILY NEWS, SATURDAY, MAY 13, 1961 i I. HI I - r V hi! By GWEN GIBSON Palm Beach, Fla., May 12. In less than two hours, White House receptionist David Francis Powers, President Kennedy's busy Man Friday, handled a Cabinet meeting ushered 15 callers into the offices behind his big- mahog-any desk, took more than a- score of telephone calls and greeted some old political friends from Massachusetts. He was still restless. . ... , . .,.,.,. .. . (NKWSfoto by Tom Cunningham) All ana, John .Manna, Michael I. Albergo and Joseph (.'alio (I. to r.) in station house. Accuse Five as BM lifts Lid b Big - Time Strong arm Ming liy NORMA A Bit AM S and HENRY LEE In the curtaifi-raisor of what the district attorney's office cryptically called a major rackets investigation "of an unusual nature and unusual circumstances," five men were charged yesterday with trvintr to muscle intn thp cashing" business Iiul.iatin that more arrests will probably follow. Assistant Distrfc t Attorney Paul Kelly disclosed in Felony Court: "'1 his ca-e is part of a longtime, continuous major Rackets Bureau investigation. It is of an unusual nature and unusual circumstances." It looks "Sinister" Conceding that the complaint "hal very sinister implications inherent in it." Magistrate Reuben Levy then held two of the quintet without hail and the other three in $100,000 hail each on the charge of attempted extortion. The suspects were among 58 men nabbed for (jue.stioninjr in a spectacular lower Kast Side raid Thursday night. In addition to the five, 15 others were arrested on marges oi consorting lor unlaw- ftil purposes, and the :JH others released after questioning. As Kelly and the cops outlined it, the investigation got under way April I'J when Morton Ros- 77 r v . r V i 'i"'nwii'g" im Sidney Slater, Nicholas L. (NEWS foto bv Tom Ciinniticham) Bianco and Anthony J. Camerona (I. to r.) in court yesterday. I f "S. y. f f - - - " i I " ' The late .Morton Kosenherjr Htm Jeath provided iraJ enherir. 41. part-owner of a W. :tMh St. restaurant, was found shot to death in Hath I'.ea. h, a dumping jrround for victims of underworld killers. The I'rolie Widens Tapers on his hody linked him t I'fc-year-old Theodore Moss, who owns three hars in the city nl a check -cash int.' business at ;th St. and Seventh Ave., nc-coitli-iir to the police. They eiopha-szed that Moss was not a suspect ir. the gang-type killing or an usswiate of racketeers. However, in checkinvr him out, they discovered that Joseph Caliu, 82. known in the underworld as Joey the Blond. Joey the Boss and i ometimes as Crazy Joe, had trod to persuade Moss to buy $ 18,000 worth of untaxed whisky. AIoss wanted no part of the proposition and then Gallo as-sertedly came up with a deal that Moss wanted even less. Gallo and associates, the UA's office charged, demanded a 50'i cut of the .Moss enterprises with the guarantee that Moss also stand any losses. f.oing fJets Rougher I-ast Monday night, the prose cutor said, Gal'o assaulted Moss, threatened to Uill him and demanded that he (produce) his business records. Present at the muscle scene, according to Kelly, was one of the other would-be extortioners, Ali WafTa. 4o, a cook, of 5 Schermerhorn St., Brooklyn. Waffa. who works for a shipping line, was described as a major suspect in the smuggling of hashish into this country. (lalio's three other associates, Kelly said, were Michael F. Al-beijro. 4:!, 0f 1.175 Troutman St., Brooklyn, who operates a Queens restaurant, the Rumpus Room, for Moss; Sidney Slater, 40, a jobless salesman, of 2o'.'l E. L'Cth St.. Brooklyn, and John Manna, ''., of 108 Mulberry St. Mulberry St. Showdown According to Assistant District Attorney Kelly, a showdown was set for Thursday night in Luna's Restaurant at 112 Mulberry St. Some 2" detectives infiltrated the neiy hborhood. A few even managed to get tables close to Gallo and Moss who were eating steaks and talking business. They overheard (Jallo's asserted demand for a "cut" in Moss' business. The raid was snruns' when Manna, who had been acting as alerted Ciallo that the "craw-line- with cops." n to the nrinrinal seized at the scene, police said. the roundup extended to the S and A Social Cluh. about two away at 95 Bark St., liallo had assertedly lookout area was In addition Mocks w here Scratch One Bookie Joint Buffalo, May 12 (AP). U.S. treasury agents arrested six men today in a raid on what they called a $5,000-a-day betting establishment. They said they sat in the establishment, an upstairs apartment at the edge of the downtown area, and took bets from runners by telephone for half an hour. Most of the action was on major league baseball games, they said. One of the phone calls was from a runner who was told to come on in because the office was short-handed. There was a pause, and the man said: Oh, oh cops," and hung up. roughed up Moss on Monday evening. In Felony Court, Manna and Albergo were held without bail for hearing next Thursday. De spite the fact that this was his 10th arrest. Gallo nrotested h had received dismissals and one assault conviction on his record had been reduced to coercion and is still being appealed. Sets the 100R Bail Magistrate Levy, who originally had decided to hold hrm without bail, then set a figure of $100,000 and like amount for Slater and Waffa. In Manhattan Arrest Court, 12 of the 15 charged with consorting for unlawful purposes were paroled for hearings on Monday. However, two others, Nicholas L. Bianco, 2!), a salesman, of 2611 W. Second St., Brooklyn, and Anthony J. Camerona. 30, a landlord, of 10 Seagate Terrace, also Brooklyn, specifically charged with consorting with Gallo, were held in $1,000 each. Robert Di Maio, 32. a laborer, of 12 Madison St., was held in 500. I "This job isn't active enough," j he complained. Powers was interviewed on the j job yesterday morningbetween j his dashing and darting about ! as he and others handled last-I minute details for the President's j weekend vacation trip to this re-! sort- j Powers probably knows more j of Kennedy's personal traveling I habits than any other Presidential ! aid. He has been a close compan ion and campaign assistant to JKK since Kennedy made his first national race, for the House of Representatives in 1946. His Special Talent I Is Recalling Names I During the feverish I960 Pres- idential campaign, Powers became I known as Kennedy's good luck j charm because of his phenomenal knack for remembering names, i faces, places and dates. The smil- ing, ruddy-faced Boston Irishman i was generally the first man to see Kennedy each morning and tney would discuss the day s itinerary as the candidate shaved and dressed. He could give many anxious hostesses tips today on .how to plan the menu for a Presidential visit. It 'was Powers who found and rented the small, three-story hideaway home where Kennedy-stayed during the Democrats' Los Angeles convention last July. Powers stayed there, too, and he did' the cooking. "The President's eating habits are very, very simple," he said. "He has exactly the same thing every morning two four-minute eggs, broiled bacon, orange juice, toast, coffee and ; glass of milk." Ke nnedy's favorite midday pickup, Powers added, is a dish r,f t chocolate and vanilla ice cream. j Afier Hectic Night. ! He Whips Up Snack j Powers cooked Kennedy's victory dinner back at the hideaway j after that sweaty, hectic night j last July 15 in the Los Angeles ' Snorts Arenn wlion T." an i .i.i ,,..n i .. a.... -...''.v '.y null party s nomination. It con ' -my " -so? n David Francis Power President's Handy Andy his sisted of two fried eggs, toast, jelly and milk. Powers, 48, was named White House receptionist late last month on the retirement of white-hared Bill Simmons, who had held the job since the early days of Roosevelt. The gregari ous powers already was serving He will handle both jobs in the i ucure. As receptionist. Powers, with his four aids, greets everyone often with a big "Hi. Dal!". who calls on the President and all of the President's aids who have offices -in the West Wing oi iie w hite House. In case of a Cabinet meeting, a National Security Council conference or a legislative huddle, Powers sees that the President's callers get the proper hello and are assembled in the conference room before Kennedy enters. As greeter, Powers serves as a well-qualified host to the many old Kennedy political friends who "drop by" daily, and he accepts gifts an average of 37 per day. Caroline's Request Brought a Deluge The Kennedys, as did most of their predecessors, try to discourage the gift practice, but it's hard to do. "Remember the story of Caro line wanaenng into the press room and asking for an apple?" Powers asked. "Within 72 hours we had received four crates of apples. They were sent to a Veteran's Administration hospital." For his constant good sense of humor, Powers has gotten a new nickname since he entered the White House the George E. Allen of the Kennedy Administration. He differs in one major respect, however, from the pudgy lawyer who was affectionately called the "court jester" of the Roosevelt, Truman and Eisenhower terms. Powers is not a millionaire, or even close to it. He grew up in Charlestown, the dock section that comprises Boston's big Ward Two. Powers calls it the three-decker section, since that's what most of the row houses have. As a kid he sold papers and scorecards at baseball games and went on to become a statistical expert on the sport. At Baseball Debut, He Filled JFK In He went with Kennedy to the opening game of the American League season in Washington this spring and en route to the stadium gave the President a big spiel about all the players on each team. Kennedy was flipping through some papers, seemingly unattentive. But as the two stepped out of their car, a Chicago radio announcer shoved a n:ike at Kennedy's chin and asked the President for some predictions. Kennedy repeated almost verbatim the Powers rundown. During the game Kennedy, as he often does, kept telling the Senators in the Presidential party: "Ask Dave any baseball question you want to." Finally Sen. Hubert Humphrey of Minnesota came up with one he thought was a corker. "In the 1926 World Series between the Cards and the Yanks, who was the pitcher who struck out Tony Lazzeri with the bases loaded?" the Senator questioned. He Knevf Answer. With Extra Detail Promptly Powers replied: "Grover Cleveland Alexander, a great pitcher who wound up winning 373 games." Powers' memory astounded reporters often during the 1960 campaign. Once he had a few friendly words with the con in charge of a detail in Los Angeles. One month and several thousand campaign miles later the Kennedy entourage encountered the same officer. Powers called him bv his first name. Powers was a statistician with publishing- house, alontr with various other jobs, before hook ing up with Kennedy. Since 1946, between campaigns, he ha3 been an adviser to the Massachusetts Housing Board. Now he's moved his family to Washington for the duration of the Kennedy years.

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