A federal court official has permanently banned Teamsters Vice President T.R. "Teddy" Cozza from the union because he knowingly associated with members of Pittsburgh's organized crime family, according to documents obtained yesterday.

Frederick B. Lacey, the court-appointed independent administrator assigned to clean up the union, also said he would consider stripping Cozza of all union benefits.

"There is only one just and reasonable penalty to be imposed when a union officer, especially a member of the International General Executive Board, sees fit to hobnob with mob bosses and underlings -- permanent debarment from the very union he has tainted," Lacey wrote in his order removing Cozza.

Lacey listed six known members of the Pittsburgh organized crime family with whom he asserts Cozza has had an ongoing relationship dating at least to the early 1970s. He called the association "repugnant."

Neither Cozza, who heads Teamsters Local 211 in Pittsburgh, nor his attorney was available for comment.

In his order, Lacey said "Cozza argues . . . that he has a First Amendment right to associate, while a union officer, with members of La Cosa Nostra." Cozza also contended his association did nothing to bring "notoriety or negative publicity" to the union.

"Simply put," Lacey said, "there is no such thing as a purposeful, yet innocent or non-reproachful association of {a} Union leader and an underworld figure." Lacey also rejected the contention that Cozza did not know his associates were involved in organized crime. "Given Cozza's longstanding relationships with these men it is inconceivable that he was unaware that they were infamous members of Pittsburgh's underworld," Lacey said.

The FBI videotaped Cozza greeting Pittsburgh mob leader Michael Genovese with a kiss at the funeral of another underworld figure.

Lacey, a former federal judge, in late November vetoed the appointment of Jack B. Yager to a union vice presidency because of past associations with organized crime members. Last month he ordered Vice President George Vitale of Michigan banned for five years for embezzling from his local.

There were additional signs yesterday that Lacey's next major target may be Teamsters President William J. McCarthy for awarding the union's $350,000-a-month printing contract to his son-in-law, who operates Windsor Graphics from his house in Massachusetts.

Lacey reportedly is preparing a scathing report on the printing contract for U.S. District Judge David N. Edelstein in New York, who is overseeing the cleanup of the union. Lacey was appointed as part of an agreement reached two years ago with the Justice Department to settle a massive civil racketeering suit.

In a sharply worded letter last week to Brendan V. Sullivan Jr., the Washington attorney who represents McCarthy and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Lacey made reference to Windsor Graphics and said he would be willing to consider anything further McCarthy might offer concerning the contract award.

Lacey, in the letter, accused Sullivan of being an obstructionist in the effort to clean up the union, noting at one point that "clearly you intend to litigate every step I take should it be deemed adverse to the IBT leadership's interest."

Lacey also castigated Sullivan for asking him to discuss his actions against Teamsters leaders before they are taken. "I would no more think of doing this as Independent Administrator than I would have contemplated giving private counsel for one side a copy of an opinion I had drafted when I was a judge," Lacey said.