||New York| Family - Genovese (Luciano, Morello)
Birth: ca. 1896
The Genovese Family is one of the 5 New York families. Before it was officialy formed in 1931 it was known as Morello Gang, which was once headed by legendary leaders such as Peter Morello and Lupo "the Wolf" Saietta.
Charles Luciano was a motivated, powerful and influential gangster that had finally reached the pinnacle of America's underworld, directing its criminal rules, policies and activities along with the other New York bosses. He sat atop the most powerful crime family in America, which now bore his name and controlled the most lucrative criminal rackets in New Nork such as gambling, bookmaking, loansharking, extortion, prostitution, and narcotics. Luciano was very influential in labor and union activities and controlled the Manhattan waterfront, garbage hauling, construction, garment center businesses and trucking. Luciano elevated his most trusted and loyal Family members to high level positions in the Luciano Family. The feared Vito Genovese became his underboss, Frank Costello was made Consigliere, while former Chicago Boss Johnny Torrio became an Advisor to the Family. The Luciano Family had many powerful underworld members and Luciano trusted his Capos to oversee his empire on the streets, including Giuseppe "Joe Adonis" Doto, Michael Coppola, Anthony "Tony Bender" Strollo, John "Footo" Biello, Guarino Moretti, Angelo "Gyp" DeCarlo and Ruggiero Bioardo in New Jersey, Salvatore "Big Nose Sam" Cufari in Connecticut and Anthony "Little Augie Pisano" Carfano in Florida. Charle Luciano became extremely wealthy and liked to be seen around town at the most exclusive and expensive nightspots such as the Stork Club and Copacabana with a different woman every night, most likely one of the women from his alleged string of brothels, run by Luciano soldier, David "Little Davey" Betillo. Luciano's reign was relatively short-lived. Special prosecutor Thomas Dewey, a future Republican presidential candidate, singled out Luciano as an organized crime ringleader and succeeded in having him convicted on prostitution charges in 1936 and sentenced to 30 to 50 years in prison along with Dave Betillo and others. Although behind bars, Luciano continued to run his organisation, relaying his orders through his first Acting Boss, Vito Genovese. However, in 1937 Genovese had to flee the country to avoid murder indictment. The Family's third most powerful member, Consigliere Frank Costello became the new Acting Boss and overseer of Luciano's interests.
The Costello era
Under Frank Costello's leadership the Genovese Family maintained its control and influence in New York's underworld and over the rackets the Family dominated. Known for his flamboyant, persuasive, leadership style, which won over many a politician and member of the judiciary (to the great benefit of the Family), Costello became known as the "Prime Minister" of the underworld. Costello was the Luciano Family's Connection Guy, an overseer of graft and political corruption with law enforcement, judges and politicians of Tammany Hall, which Costello was allegedly Boss of. It was said that during Costello's reign as a Boss that no judge in New York was made without the consent of Costello. Frank Costello allegedly even managed to get F.B.I. director J. Edgar Hoover on his side, fixing horse races in Hoover's favour when the Bureau Boss indulged in one of his favourite pastimes at the track, but even though Hoover knew the races were fixed he never wagered more than $5 or $10, which astounded Costello.
Costello also pushed the Family into legitimate liquor importation business when prohibition ended and the lucrative slot machine business with great success. The one armed bandits brought in millions of dollars for Costello and the Luciano Crime Family, but in 1934, Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia who had run on a reform and anti-corruption ticket singled out Costello's slots for a search and destroy mission, destroying hundreds of the machines, swinging a sledgehammer himself for the newsreels. Frank Costello placed the rest of the machines in storage, then in 1935 Costello was able to start his slot operation once more, thanks to the dubious motives of Louisiana Governor Huey Long and New Orleans mafiosi Salvatore Silver Dollar Sam" Corolla and Carlos Marcello. Govenor Long allowed Costello to bring the slots to his State of Louisiana for 10 percent of the take, Corolla and his underling Marcello made sure the slots were placed all over the State. Frank Costello associate, Philip "Dandy Phil" Kastel was chosen to oversee the slot machine and gambling operations with the Costello set up in Louisiana with the New Orleans Family.
Guarino Moretti to the position of underboss. Genovese ostensibly became a loyal Costello supporter and by extension a supporter of the still-exiled Luciano, now only a Capo, Genovese felt that Frank Costello had only looked after his and Luciano's interests, leading the Family into white collar crimes and neglecting the blue collar crews that Genovese was popular with. Vito Genovese once again forced to bide his time until he could plan his take-over and recrute allies to support him, Genovese began a campaign to take control of the Luciano Crime Family from Costello and Luciano.
Frank Costello was popular with the white collar crews in the Family, those involved in the garment center, garbage hauling, construction, labor and union rackets, along with legitimate businesses. Costello was a connection guy and political corrupter and was vying for the same political influence as New York Boss, Gaetano "Tommy Brown" Lucchese and now he had Vito Genovese to deal with as well. Genovese felt that Costello had only looked after his and Luciano's interests, leading the Family away from the blue collar rackets such as hijacking, theft, fencing, extortion, prostitution and narcotics, neglecting the crews that worked on the streets and that Genovese was popular with. Rackets such as gambling, bookmaking and loansharking are a universal mainstay for all Families and are never neglected, but when the soldiers on the streets who do the debt collecting, muscle work and murders are not happy, there is a lack of trust and confidence in the Bosses leadership abilities and this is exactly what Genovese was trying to accomplish.
Vito Genovese knew that most of Frank Costello's muscle and support on the street came from his cousin and Underboss, Willie Moretti and his band of goons and hitters. With this in mind, Genovese influenced the Commission to order the October 4, 1951 murder of Moretti in a New Jersey restaurant, by engineering a campaign of fear based upon the latter's mental problems caused by his untreated syphilis, which was "loosening his tongue" about mafia affairs loosely. Moretti had been a loyal Costello supporter, but was dismayed to learn of the newly-formed alliance between Costello and Albert Anastasia, Boss of what would become known as the Gambino Family, which further strengthened Costello's position and undermined Moretti's. An underworld theory is that Albert Anastasia helped influence the commissions decision to kill Moretti because Anastasia feared Willie Moretti's mental instability and felt he could possibly make an attempt to have Anastasia killed. This theory is strengthened by the fact that the main shooter in Moretti's assassination was Anastasia Family member, John "Johnny Roberts" Robilotto and Anastasia would have to give his blessing for Robilotto to be used in the hit.
Genovese Takes Control
Starting in 1950, the underworld began to experience a number of investigations that exposed the Bosses and their criminal operations to the media and the public. The Keafauver Committee hearings began in May of 1950 and ended in May of 1951, Luciano Crime Family Boss, Frank Costello was the highlight of the event, with over 600 gangsters, pimps, bookies, politicians, and shady lawyers taking the stand. Costello had always craved respectability from the upper world, since he already had it from the underworld, so he agread to testify and not plead the Fifth Amendment, like so many other Bosses such as Tommy Lucchese, Albert Anastasia and Vito Genovese had. Television was new to America and the hearings would be covered by the 3 major networks and Costello made only one demand, that his face not be shown, only his hands be televised in the coast-to-coast hook up. Although he testified, Costello refused to answer hostile questions and skirted others, when asked "What have you done for America", Costello replied, "Paid my tax".
Frank Costello's refusal to answer all the questions, eventual walk-out on in the hearings and revived notoriety as America's #1 gangster galvanized the government and Costello eventually spent a year in prison for contempt and soon after, 11 months in for tax evasion before his conviction was overturned on appeal. The whole time Frank Costello was in prison, Vito Genovese was busy lobbying behind the scenes for Costello's removal following a poor performance by the Boss at the Kefauver Committee hearings, but this led to nothing, and eventually Genovese decided he could wait no longer. On May 2, 1957, Genovese gunman and protege, Vincent "Chin" Gigante tried to assassinate Luciano Crime Family Boss, Frank Costello in the lobby of his Manhattan apartment building, but botched the hit, leaving Costello with a minor scalp/head wound. Future Acting Boss, Thomas "Tommy Ryan" Eboli, drove the getaway car.
Clearly shaken by the attempt on his life, Costello decided almost immediately to retire as Boss of the family, only being able to stand in the background as friend and ally Albert Anastasia was assassinated on October 25, 1957 in the barber shop of Manhattan's Park Sheraton Hotel. With the now volatile situation in New York's underworld ready to explode, due to the attempt on Costello's life and Anastasia's assassination, Vito Genovese calls for a National La Cosa Nostra meeting. The Barbara/Volpe family Boss, Joseph "The Barber" Barbara, is chosen for the meeting where Genovese plans to solicit the other family Bosses in allowing him to take Charles Luciano's seat as boss of the family. The Apalachin Meeting became a debacle when curious New York state trooper, Edgar Crosswell decides to check out the estate of Barbara and accidentally comes across a national meeting of the nation's Mafia. The attendants tried to flee as they saw the cops infiltrating the garden, but over 60 are arrested. The worst result the Bosses faced due to the Apalachin Meeting was not only the indictments, but the mafia is finally brought into the public light and now faces more law enforcement heat, even F.B.I. director, J. Edgar Hoover, who formerly denied the existence of the Mafia now had to admit it's existance. The blame for the Apalachin debacle was placed on the shoulders of Vito Genovese for calling the meeting and Buffalo Boss, Stefano Magaddino for chosing the location, many Bosses never forgave them for this disaster.
Despite the shambolic end to the meeting, Genovese still got what he eventually wanted, to be recognized as boss of the family and to have a share of the drug trade. Vito Genovese choses New Jersey mafioso, Gerardo "Jerry" Catena as his Underboss and longtime ally, Michele "Mike" Miranda as Consigliere. He also changed the name of the family in that of his own, the Genovese family. However, 2 years after his violent grab for power his tenure as boss came to an end when he was arrested for heroin trafficking together with Vincent Gigante and Carmine Galante amongst others. The FBI bust was set up by Luciano, Meyer Lansky and Costello, who wanted to take revenge on Genovese.
While in jail, Genovese had made Tommy Eboli his Acting Boss, and upon Don Vito's death the former boxing manager allegedly became the family's new Boss and continued to run the family with Jerry Catena, Mike Miranda and Philip Lombardo. Being that Jeryy Catena was the Underboss and #2 man in the family when Boss, Vito Genovese died in 1969, Catena was most likely the real Boss of the Family, but by 1970, was convicted and imprisoned for 4 years leaving Eboli, Miranda and Lombardo as the top members of the Genovese Family. Eboli's power and influence in the Family, along with his respect in La Cosa Nostra, quickly diminished after ascending to the top position due to a number of hapless decisions he made during his time in charge and a known lack of respect for fellow Bosses. Phil Lombardo was Jery Catena's protege and was most likely the real power on the streets, a Street Boss, representing Catena and continuing his rise to the top. In early 1972 Eboli and millionare drug dealer, Louis Cirillo received a $4 million loan from Carlo Gambino to finance a drug deal, Cirillo was eventually indicted on narcotics charges and when the police came to his home to arrest him they uncovered millions of dollars hidden in his home.
Top Boss and Commission chairman, Carlo Gambino demanded the loan be repayed and Eboli refused. Eboli was killed on July 16, 1972, after leaving the home of a Crown Heights, Brooklyn girlfriend, taking five bullets to the face and chest while sitting in his car. By late 1972, Eboli was dead, Catena was in prison, planning his sem-retirement to Boca Raton, Florida once released and Consigliere, Michele Miranda had recently retired. This left Philip Lombardo as top Boss in the Genovese Family with top Capos like Frank Tieri, Vincent Gigante, Gaetano "Toddo" Marino, Thomas "Tick" Contaldo, Matthew Ianniello, Anthony Provenzano in New Jersey. Even old timers like Vincent Alo and Angelo DeCarlo still in New Jersey.
With Carlo Gambino being the supreme mafia power in New York, it is alleged that Gambino's ally and preferred choice as new Boss of the Genovese Family, was Capo Frank Tieri. Frank Tieri or "Funzi" as he was known, allegedly took over after Eboli was killed, but the 1987 testimony of informant Vincent Cafaro sheds light on Tieri. Gambino was the most powerful underworld Boss in America and backed longtime friend Frank Tieri as the new Boss, but the Family was still on the same level of power as the Gambino Family and would never let another Family's Boss chose their Boss outright, so the top Genovese Family members most likely met and voted to elect Frank Tieri as a Front Boss, which according to Vincent Cafaro the Family had been doing since 1969. Phil Lombardo was the real power in the family in 1972 and let Frank Tieri be the Family's representative to the Commission and take the law enforcement heat of him.
The true power in the Genovese Crime Family from 1970 until his retirement in 1981 and quite possibly since the 1969 death of Boss Vito Genovese was Philip "Benny Squint" Lombardo, also known as "Cockeyed Ben" and "Ben Turpin". The Genovese Crime Family followed a highly secretive plan or pattern of using Front or Acting Bosses and Ruling Committee's since the 1959 incarceration of Family namesake, Vito Genovese and would continue to use this method of sheltering the real Boss from media and law enforcement atttention up to the present day. Boss, Phil Lombardo was mentor to Capo and Greenwich Village rackets Boss, Vincent "Chin" Gigante from 1969 and had groomed his protege to be the future Boss, by placing Gigante on the Family's Ruling Committee as an Advisor in 1972 and made the Consigliere in 1978 when Ferro retired, either way by the mid 1970s Gigante held tremendous power on the streets.
It is mentioned by former Gambino Crime Family Underboss and informer, Sammy "The Bull" Gravano in his testimony that when he met with Genovese Crime Family representatives in 1978, concerning the construction business that Vincent Gigante was introduced to him as a Capo and Gigante politely corrected the person and said that he had been promoted to Consigliere, backing up rumors of Gigante's position in the Family's hierarchy in the 1970s. Former Los Angeles Family Capo and acting Underboss, Aladena "Jimmy the Weasel" Fratianno makes reference to Gignate's high level Family position and how he was present at a very important Family meeting with Boss Teiri, Underboss Zeccardi and Consigliere Salerno to vote on a murder in his 1981 book, "The Last Mafioso". By 1981, Philip Lombardo was retired and living in Miami, Florida and died soon afterward, but made the list at #27 of Fortune Magazine's article, "The 50 Biggest Mafia Bosses", Tony Salerno was listed as #1.
By 1960, Anthony "Fat Tony" Salerno was the Capo of the Genovese Crime Family's East Harlem, and South Bronx Crew, overseeing a multimillion dollar gambling racket with his brother and soldier, Cirino, that included bookmaking, numbers and floating dice games. Even when their East Harlem territory changed from a predominately Italian to predominately Black neighbourhood, the Salerno brothers maintained control over their rackets wich were said to employ over 200 people. Anthony Salerno maintained a base of operations from his East Harlem, Palma Boys Social Club, located at 416 East 115th St. in Manhattan throughout his criminal career.
Whether Tony Salerno or Vincent Gigante, what is known is that Saverio "Sammy" Santora was promoted to Underboss and New Jersey's Louis "Bobby" Manna was promoted to Consigliere. What was unknown to Tony Salerno and the rest of the Genovese Crime Family was that Salerno's Palma Boys Social Club had been bugged by the F.B.I. and that in February 1985 that a RICO indictment had been handed down by the Federal District Court in Manhattan against Anthony Salerno and the other New York Family Bosses or the Commission and that on February 25, 1985 they would all be arrested by the F.B.I. Anthony Salerno was arrested at his East Harlem apartment, about to sit down to an order of food from Andy's Colonial Tavern with his personal physician, Bernard Weschler and 4 Genovese Crime Family underlings. The famous "Commission Case" began in September of 1986. On November 19, 1986 the jury filed into the courtroom after 6 days of deliberation and found Tony Salerno and all seven of the other defendants guilty on all 151 counts in th indictment. In January of 1987, seven mafia Bosses including Salerno returned for sentencing.
The sentence was identical for each of them: the maximum for a RICO conviction, one hundred years without the possibility of parole. Legendary mafiosi, Anthony "Fat Tony" Salerno died five years into his sentence in a Springfield, Missouri prison on July 27, 1992, at age 80.
Vincent "Chin" Gigante was most likely the Boss of the Genovese Crime Family throughout the alleged reign of Acting Boss, Tony Salerno from 1981-87, while law enforcement and mob watchers are certain that by 1987, Gigante was the official Boss of the Family. Boss Vincent Gigante elevated longtime associate and ally Venero "Benny Eggs" Mangano to Underboss in 1987, after Santoro retired, while Bobby Manna remained in the position of Consigliere. Vincent Gigante was a former boxer turned gangster who was once managed by Genovese Family member Thomas Eboli. By the late 1940s Vincent and his brothers Pat, Mario and Ralph were all soldiers in the crew of former Genovese Crime Family Underboss and Capo since 1946, Vito Genovese. Another Gigante brother, Louis Gigante went in a totally opposite direction and became a well known New York Catholic priest.
Along with Genovese underling, Tommy Ryan Eboli and his brother Pat, the Gigante brothers all were loyal Genovese underlings. By the early 1950s Vincent Gigante, known as "Chin", became driver and bodyguard for Vito Genovese. In May of 1957, Vincent Gigante proved his loyalty to Genovese by trying to assassinate Genovese Crime Family Boss, Frank Costello, but failed. Gigante was arrested, but eventually acquitted in the spring of 1958 when costello failed to identify his shooter. Three months later in July of 1958, Vincent Gigante was indicted and arrested with his Boss Vito Genovese, Giovanni "Big John" Ormento of the Lucchese Crime Family, Natale Evola, Carmine Galante and Anthony Mirra of the Bonanno Crime Family and Rocco Mazzie of the Gambino Crime Family, along with a total of 35 defendants on narcotics charges. A year later in 1959, Vincent Gigante received 7 years, while his Boss Genovese received 15 years.
Gigante was paroled from Lewisburg Federal Penitentiary in Pennsylvania less than 5 years later in 1964 and was immediately promoted to Capo by Boss, Vito Genovese for his loyalty. Vincent Gigante led a crew that oversaw rackets and operations in Greenwich Village and Little Italy, Manhattan and the West side, from the Battery at the Southern tip of the borough to 14th St. By the late 1960s Gigante became famous in and out of mafia circles not only for his leadership abilities, but for his most famous eccentricity, walking around Greenwich Village in his pajamas and slippers, while muttering to himself and acting crazy. This was an act that Gigante had used in the mid 1960s to avoid being charged and prosecuted for trying to bribe a New Jersey Sheriff's Department. In over a period of over 3 decades, Vincent Gigante has used his crazy act to throw off law enforcement from his criminal activities and his true position as Boss of the Genovese Crime Family, having charges dismissed or winning acquittals due to his ability to fake mental illness, earning him the name, "The Oddfather". After the death of Boss Vito Genovese in 1969, Gigante stayed loyal to Acting Boss Tommy Eboli until his 1972 murder and then came under the tutelage of Genovese Crime Family power and Boss, Philip Lombardo. Lombardo took Gigante under his wing and became his mentor and by the mid 1970s Gigante was an Advisor or Consigliere to Lombardo and possessed alot of power and influence in the Family and on the streets.
By 1980 Philip Lombardo was in poor health, semi-retired in Maimi, Florida and when he died in 1981, "Chin" took over the Genovese Crime Family, putting Tony Salerno in as Front Boss.
Boss, Vincent Gigante ran the affairs of the Genovese Crime Family or the West Side as the Family was known in the New York underworld, from the Triangle social Club on Sullivan St., between West 3rd and Bleeker Streets. Throughout the 1980s Gigante ran the Genovese Crime Family with an iron fist, all the killings Gigante would eventually sanction were because a La Cosa Nostra rule had been broken. He maintained the Family's control over gambling, loansharking, extortion, hijacking and narcotics rackets and maintained a firm grip on the garment center, garbage, construction, labor and union rackets in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, as well as the Genovese Crime Family's influence over most of the smaller East coast Families in New Jersey, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Buffalo and New England. Chin kept his most loyal associates very close, men such as Venero "Benny Eggs" Mangano, Dominick "Quiet Dom" Cirillo, Dominick "Baldy Dom" Canterino, Dominick "Dom the Sailor" DiQuarto and "Dominick "Fat Dom" Alongi, driver and bodyguard Vito "Bruce" Palmieri and soldier Frank "Frankie California" Condo who was the caretaker of the Triangle Social Club.
Stories abound about Gigante's remarkably secretive leadership style and his ability to install fear in his underlings. He is alleged to have ordered his men never to utter his name but instead to point to their chin (a reference to a shortened version of the Italian version of his first name, "Chin"), to receive them at his headquarters one by one and to never allow them to speak above a whisper. He also created the position of "Messaggero", a messenger used to put further distance between himself and his men. Close associate Dom Cirillo was said to retain this position throughout the 1980s, until 1997 when he was promoted, but in 1998 he suffered a heart attack and stepped down to recover. Vincent Gigante's sons, Vincent Esposito and Andrew Gigante, believed to have held the position from 1998-2002. The Genovese Crime Family also uses "Street Bosses" to assist the Boss or Acting Boss and the Underboss in relaying orders to Capos, soldiers and associates on the streets. The First Genovese Crime Family member to hold the Street Boss position was Capo, Liborio Bellomo.
Gigante kept control of the Genovese Crime Family, continuing to run the Family and give orders through his trusted sons, who visited him regularly. In 2002 Vincent Gigante was again indicted, this time for running the Genovese Crime Family from prison and at a court hearing in April 2003, Gigante finally admitted that his insanity defense had been a ruse all along and he was given an additional 3 years on his sentence. He died in prison from heart disease on December 19, 2005.
The Genovese Crime Family is the most powerful, secretive and disciplined crime family in the U.S. La Cosa Nostra and since the days of Tommy Eboli, Catena and Philip Lombardo the Family's top members have used Front or Acting Bosses to disguise the identity of the Family's real Boss from the other New York Families and law enforcement. When Gigante's legal troubles started in 1990 and Underboss Benny Mangano was convicted in 1990, Gigante placed East Harlem Capo Liborio "Barney" Bellomo as the Family's Street Boss and Capo and Family power, Michele "Mickey Dimino" Generoso as Acting Underboss to replace Mangano. Bellomo was indicted, charged and eventually incarcerated in 1996 and Generoso in 1997, who was replaced as Acting Underboss by Capo Joseph Zito. By 1997, powerful and highly respected Capo, Matthew "Matty the Horse" Ianniello stepped up as Acting Boss of the Family and Dominick "Quiet Dom" Cirillo was made Street Boss from 1997 until his heart attack in 1998.
Since late 2004 a series of prosecutions against high ranking Genovese Crime Family Capos has weakened the Family. Dominick "Quiet Dom" Cirillo, allegedly the Street Boss while Gigante was in prison, was charged with racketeering, conspiracy to murder, extortion and loan-sharking in 2005, and sentenced to 46 months in prison on March 3, 2006. Former Street Boss, Liborio "Barney" Bellomo, already incarcerated for racketeering, was indicted by a federal grand jury on charges ranging from drug dealing to murder along with 31 other reputed mobsters. Other alleged high-ranking Genovese Family members convicted on RICO charges include alleged Acting Consigliere, Lawrence "Larry Fab" Dentico, alleged Acting Underboss, John "Johnny Sausage" Barbato and Capo, Anthony "Tico" Antico who were charged in the same indictment as Cirillo and received between 4 and 5 years incarceration. April 10, 2006, also saw four members of the Family pleading guilty to various charges while controlling the drywall industry in New York - a typical occurrence in an increasingly difficult time for the family. Over in New Jersey, Capo Angelo The Horn" Prisco was already under the spotlight for getting out on parole early through Governor McGreevey's unusual aid arranged by their mutual friend, lawyer Donald Scarinci, a prominent advisor to Senator Bob Menendez. Prisco was arrested by the Feds on March 7, 2006, and charged with extortion involving bid rigging at the San Gennaro Festival.
In a related development, former NJ parole chief took the Fifth Amendment 75 times in a court case when asked about Prisco's early release. Prisco had previously been convicted of leaning on John Gotti Jr. and the nightclub Scores for money, as well as being asked to provide protection for famed actor Steven Seagal from various Gambino Crime Family extortion efforts. Also facing charges is Vincent Gigante's brother Mario, seen by many as the caretaker boss of the family while the leadership remains in limbo, under attack from federal prosecutors. 85 year old Genovese Crime Family Underboss, Venero "Benny Eggs" Mangano who is in ill health was released from prison into a Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn half way home in late 2006 and returned home on November 2, 2006. Only time will tell if the ailing Mangano will be able to step up and be an active member of the Genovese Crime Family or if he will retire as the classy and respected mafiosi New York media and law enforcement have portrayed him to be. On December 1, 2006, New York Post reporters Jean MacIntosh and Kati Cornell reported that assistant U.S. attorney, Eric Snyder identified 65 year old, Rockleigh, New Jersey businessman, Daniel Leo as the newly elected Genovese Crime Family Acting Boss.
At the November 31, 2006 bail hearing of Genovese Crime Family member Charles Salvano, assistant U.S. attorney Snyder also implicated Leo in two violent extortion schemes involving an East Harlem gambling operation and a New York taxi-company owner, perpetrated by Daniel Leo and his alleged right-hand-man Salvano. New York mob reporter and foremost mafia expert, Jerry Capeci, identified Daniel Leo in his November 30, 2006 Gangland News column as a former member of the Genovese, Bonanno and Lucchese Crime Family associated, East Harlem and Bronx Purple Gang in the 1970s. The low key and virtually unknown gangster's only arrest came in 1980 when he was charged with contempt of court when he refused to testify in a grand jury probe investigating loansharking, drug trafficking and 4 murders, Leo was found guilty in 1981, but spent no time in prison. In October 1999, the F.B.I. listened in on Genovese Crime Family Capo, Salvatore "Sammy Meatballs" Aparo as he described how the well respected Leo assisted fellow high ranking Genovese Family members, Lawrence Dentico and Ernest Muscarella as they conducted a La Cosa Nostra induction ceremony of 14 proposed associates by pricking their fingers and telling them what to say.
A year later in 2000 the F.B.I. listened in once again as Genovese Crime Family associate and informant, Michael "Cookie" D'Urso recorded his conversation with Capo, Allen "Baldie" Longo in which Longo described Leo and Dentico as close associates of incarcerated Boss, Vincent "Chin" Gigante and how they were presently running the Genovese Crime Family since Gigante's 1997 conviction and how it has stayed powerful. This shows that Daniel Leo is considered a high ranking and influential member of the Genovese Crime Family and is another example of the their high level of secrecy and organization that has kept the Family on top of the New York and American underworld, earning the Family the title of Organized Crime's Rolls Royce!
Bosses of the Genovese crime family
1896-1910 - Giuseppe Morello , Ignazio Saietta (Both jailed in 1910)
1910-1916 - Nicholas "Nick" Terranova (Murdered in 1916), Ciro Terranova, Vincent Terranova
1916-1919 - Ciro Terranova, Vincent Terranova (Bosses)
1920-1922 - Giuseppe Morello (Boss), Ciro Terranova, Vincent Terranova (murdered in 1922)
1922-1931 - Joe Masseria, Peter Morello
1931-1946 - Salvatore Luciano (1936 jailed, 1946 Deported to Italy)
1936-1946 - Frank "The Prime Minister" Costello (acting boss)
1946-1957 - Frank "The Prime Minister" Costello
1957-1969 - Vito "Don Vito" Genovese (Died in jail)
1969-1981 - Philip "Cockeyed Ben" Lombardo (Retired)
1969-1972 - Thomas "Tommy Ryan" Eboli (acting boss, murdered in 1972)
1972-1981 - Frank "Funzi" Tieri (acting boss)
1981-2005 - Vincent "Chin" Gigante (Official boss untill his death of natural causes)
1981-1987 - Anthony "Fat Tony" Salerno (acting boss for Vincent Gigante)
1990-1996 - Liborio "Barney" Bellomo (street boss)
1996-1998 - Dominick "Quiet Dom" Cirillo (street boss)
1997-2003 - Matthew "Matty The Horse" Ianniello (acting boss)
2003-2006 - Dominick "Quiet Dom" Cirillo (acting boss, jailed)
2005-2006 - Mario Gigante (retired, brother of Vincent)
2006-Present - Daniel Leo (Boss), Venero Mangano (Underboss)
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