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Atlantic City / Gambling / Organized Crime Concerns #257928

CBS Evening News for Friday, May 19, 1978
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(Studio) Atlantic City's preparations for advent of legalized gambling to city noted; is mentioned that city gave street names to Monopoly game. Report is on problems presented to city before legalized gambling begins.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Atlantic City, New Jersey) Question of organized crime coming to town with legalized gambling stated. New Jersey's passage of stiff laws to accompany gambling legislature noted. [New Jersey attorney general John J. DEGNAN - says state was aware of opportunities for organized crime in gambling. Thinks they have taken every step government can to ensure organized crime doesn't get stranglehold on Atlantic City.] New Jersey law enforcement officials statement that organized crime figs. have tried to penetrate business and union activities in Atlantic City noted. [Teamsters official Robert CERICOLA - describes offer from another Teamster organization to come into his local and take over.] Cericola's refusal of offer noted; potential for intervention by outsiders in less well-org. unions in city outlined. State's provisions for liquor licenses detailed as example of efforts to stop mob infiltration. Status of Resorts International in gambling world described; company's defense against chgs. of organized crime influence within its hierarchy, during its years of operating casinos in Bahamas, noted. Resorts president I.G. "Jack" Davis' comments stated, include those about operators of Las Vegas casinos. [DAVIS - says associating org. crime with companies like Hilton Hotels or Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc. is outmoded hangover; states Resorts International belief that same applies to its business] Other details of gambling laws given; ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) challenge of questions on personal- disclosure forms required of all who work in or around gambling noted.
REPORTER: Jed Duvall

Cronkite, Walter;
Duvall, Jed

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