Saturday, September 24, 2005

Fulton Fish Market Move Delayed Over Concern about Mafia Influence

New York's historic Fulton Fish Market will be staying put for at least another week.

The nation's largest wholesale fish market has been on the lower Manhattan waterfront for 180 years. The city has built it a new indoor refrigerated facility in the Bronx. But the moving date has been pushed back over concerns that the new market will be dominated by the Mafia, as the old one was until a decade ago.

Judge Carol Edmead extended a restraining order delaying the move. She called the appearance of impropriety "overwhelming."

Forgive the analogy, the judge said, "but the fish is smelling."

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