Son of Hell's Kitchen gangster Eddie Cummiskey beats rap in drunk brawl
BY Melissa Grace
DAILY NEWS POLICE BUREAU
Tuesday, March 17th 2009, 11:04 PM
The son of infamous Hell's Kitchen gangster Eddie (The Butcher) Cummiskey was acquitted Tuesday of beating up a federal agent.
Clifford Cummiskey had been accused of pummeling an off-duty State Department agent in a drunken brawl outside a Ninth Ave. bar. He said it was self-defense, and that his dad's notoriety still follows him.
"My last name is Cummiskey, my father was a known gangster," Cummiskey, 36, said after a Manhattan judge cleared him of a single misdemeanor assault charge. "He died 33 years ago and to this day, anytime anything happens it's the first thing [the cops] bring up."
Cummiskey, whose father was shot dead on the streets near their home, did acknowledge many past run-ins with the law, including a 1992 felony assault conviction for breaking a man's jaw and a more recent drunken driving conviction.
Eddie Cummiskey was a leader of the murderous Westies gang which ruled the upper West Side in the 1960s and '70s, and which at one time was headed by Mickey Spillane - the mobster, not the novelist.
Cummiskey's son was busted by cops Sept. 21 after a violent 3:30 a.m. brawl involving as many as six off-duty federal agents erupted outside Coppersmith's pub on W. 53rd St.
While prosecutors charged it was Cummiskey who threw the first punch and then pounded Agent Patrick Scoggins while he bled on the sidewalk, Cummiskey's defense attorney argued his client was jumped.
It may have been testimony about a long night of drinking - by the agent and Cummiskey - that convinced the judge to toss the case. Immediately after the two-day bench trial, Manhattan Criminal Court Judge James Burke said, "I find you not guilty."
Westies fly high
By Mitchell Maddux, New York Post
February 20, 2012
The Westies are back — with a twist.
Manhattan’s former “Irish Mafia’’ gang — long infamous for running loan-sharking and extortion rackets out of the tenements of Hell’s Kitchen through the early 1990s — has suddenly resurfaced with a highly sophisticated scheme using a fleet of superfast private jets to smuggle high-grade marijuana from California to cities across the country, authorities said.
“It’s rare to run into an organization that’s wealthy enough and sophisticated enough to pull it off” — but they’re doing it, one law-enforcement source said.
At the helm of the gang’s Manhattan operation is John Bokun, whose uncles, Billy and namesake John, were Westies before the neighborhood became gentrified by pricey co-ops and wine bars, authorities said.
The younger Bokun lives in what is now known as the West Side’s Clinton neighborhood and is accused of teaming up with a California drug organization to use his Dassault Falcon executive jet to distribute top-grade hydroponic marijuana across the country, records show.
He was recently indicted by Long Island federal prosecutors on marijuana-trafficking charges.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents said they secretly observed Bokun loading his Falcon at an airport near the so-called “Emerald Triangle” — the green, vast pot-growing region nestled in northern California’s Coast Mountains, 100 miles north of San Francisco, an official report says.
ICE agents were waiting for him as he stepped off his private jet after it landed in Farmingdale, LI, and they watched as the plane was unloaded, Assistant US Attorney Christopher Ott recently told a federal judge. Authorities seized $500,000 worth of marijuana.
The group’s methods are ingenious, according to various investigators.
“Every time you drive a tractor-trailer through the country, there are state troopers and local cops looking for a lane-change [violation], a busted tail light, speeding,” one source said. Using private jets “reduces their exposure to law enforcement.”
The jets also allow the group to deliver an extremely powerful grade of marijuana to affluent customers willing to pay more for it before it begins losing its punch, as is common during long truck runs from the West Coast, a source said.
Bokun’s lawyer, Joseph Conway, said, “Mr. Bokun has entered a not-guilty plea, and he looks forward to addressing all of the charges in court.”