President-elect Donald Trump celebrated New Year's Eve at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida with numerous guests, including convicted felon Joseph "Joey No Socks" Cinque, who reportedly had ties to Gambino crime boss John Gotti (video below).
Trump told the audience, "Your taxes are coming down, regulations are coming off, we're going to get rid of Obamacare," notes the New York Daily News.
Cinque pumped his fists when Trump mentioned getting rid of the landmark health care law that extended coverage to about 20 million Americans.
In 1995, New York Magazine noted that Cinque was friends with Gotti, was convicted in 1989 for felony possession of almost $100,000 worth of stolen artwork, and was shot three times in 1980 in what may have been an attempted mob hit.
The Associated Press reported in May 2016 that Cinque, who is president of the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences, showered more than a dozen of Trump's resort properties with "Star Diamond" awards, which claim to be "the most prestigious award of true excellence in hospitality."
By coincidence, more than a dozen of the organization's board of trustees are also related to Trump, or are friends or business associates of Trump.
Trump denied knowing about Cinque's criminal past in May 2016: "If a guy's going to give you an award, you take it. You don't tend to look up his whole life story."
The Trump transition team has not commented about Trump's relationship with Cinque or Cinque's appearance at the New Year's Eve party.
During the party, Trump promised again to build his giant wall on the U.S.-Mexico border because of a terrorist attack in Turkey that night.