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Genovese crime family
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Boss Danny Leo is scheduled for release in 2011.
In United States New York City
Founded by "Joe the Boss" Masseria and Charlie "Lucky" Luciano named after Vito Genovese
Years active 1892-present
Territory Various neighborhoods in New York City and throughout the USA.
Ethnicity Made men (full members) are Italian or Italian-American. Criminals of other ethnicities are employed as "associates."
Membership 250 - 300 made members,[1] 3500-4000+ associates approx
Criminal activities Racketeering, conspiracy, loansharking, money laundering, murder, drug trafficking, extortion, pornography, Prostitution, bookmaking, and illegal gambling,
Allies Gambino, Bonanno, Colombo, and Lucchese crime families
Rivals Various gangs in New York City and their allies

The Genovese crime family is one of the "Five Families" that controls organized crime activities in New York City, within the nationwide criminal phenomenon known as the Mafia (or Cosa Nostra). The Genovese crime family has been nicknamed the "Ivy League" and "Rolls Royce" of organized crime. They are rivaled in size by only the Gambino crime family and Chicago Outfit and are unmatched in terms of power. They have generally maintained a varying degree of influence over many of the smaller mob families outside of New York, including ties with the Patriarca, the Buffalo, the Syracuse, the Albany and the Philadelphia crime families.

Finding new ways to make money in the 21st century, the Genovese family took advantage of lax due diligence by banks during the housing spike with a wave of mortgage frauds. Prosecutors say loan shark victims obtained home equity loans to pay off debts to their mob bankers. The family found ways to use new technology to improve on old reliable illegal gambling, with customers placing bets through offshore sites via the internet. Originally in control of the waterfront on the West Side of Manhattan (including the Fulton Fish Market), the family was run for years by "the Oddfather", Vincent " the Chin" Gigante, who feigned insanity by shuffling unshaven through New York’s Greenwich Village wearing a tattered bath robe and muttering to himself incoherently.

The Genovese family manipulated members of the Philadelphia crime family into murdering one time Boss Angelo Bruno so that they could gain control of their territory in Atlantic City. Although the leadership of the family seemed to have been in limbo the last few years, specifically since the death of Gigante in 2005, the family still appears to be the most organized family and remains powerful.[2] The family, now named after Vito Genovese, has endured like no other. They also benefited from members following the code of Omertà. While many mobsters from across the country have testified against their crime families since the 1990s, the Genovese family has only had three members turn state's evidence, Joseph Valachi, Vincent "the Fish" Cafaro, and George Barone.[3]

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History

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Origins

The Genovese crime family is believed to have been developed in the early 1900s by members of several Sicilian-American street-gangs, who together founded the Morello crime family and the early origins of the organization of what would be the Genovese crime family. Established by brothers Tony, Sean Nicolo, and Giuseppe Morello, and half brothers Vincenzo "Vincent" Terranova and Ciro "The Artichoke King" Terranova following their arrival from Corleone, Sicily in 1892, the crime family became involved with extortion and bootlegging activities during the early 1910s, and reportedly mentored several young children of Italian immigrants into joining their crew in the East Harlem faction of Manhattan. But as this family grew power and influence in the Manhattan area, the rival Brooklyn based Neapolitan Camorra and their prominent leaders Pellegrino Morano and Salvatore "Toto" D'Aquila claimed a long and bloody war between the criminal factions, which reportedly went on for a decade. But as prominent Don Giuseppe "Joe the Boss" Masseria seized power of the Morello crime family in the early 1920s, Masseria was seen as the most powerful criminal in the entire New York area, as he gained strength of both the Brooklyn Camorra and the Morellos.[4]

The Castellammarese era

As Masseria gained power in the early 1920s, he recruited new and young blood into his family, like mobsters Charlie "Lucky" Luciano, Frank Costello, Joseph "Joey A" Adonis, Vito Genovese, Albert Anastasia and Carlo Gambino who all joined Masseria in bootlegging, smuggling of alcohol and liquor, extortion, loansharking and gambling rackets. But as another powerful mobster named Salvatore Maranzano gained support in the Brooklyn section, he became the leader of the Castellammare del Golfo, the prominent organization that dominated the power in Brooklyn and included members such as Joseph Bonanno ("Joe Bananas"), Joseph Profaci, and Stefano Magaddino. By the year of 1928, during Prohibition, an all-out war had been unleashed between the two factions, who desperately tried to gain complete power in New York and all of its lucrative rackets. The war is reportedly named the Castellammarese War, since it was Neapolitan on one side and the Sicilian on the other, however, reportedly more than 60 mobsters on both sides of the families were murdered during the war of the late 1920s.[4]

On April 15, 1931, Giuseppe "Joe the Boss" Masseria was murdered in a Coney Island restaurant, reportedly by members of Luciano's crew. Luciano had allegedly been eating dinner with Masseria, but then excused himself to the bathroom, before his entourage came in. Although Salvatore Maranzano claimed victory later that year and organized the powerful Five Families of New York, Luciano, now Maranzano's second-in-command, had Maranzano stabbed and shot to death in his Manhattan office about six months later by Jewish gangsters loaned for that purpose by Meyer Lansky after Maranzano was 'fingered' by Luciano ally and Maranzano trustee, Gaetano "Tommy" Lucchese. Luciano was now the most powerful mobster in the United States.[5]

Luciano and establishing the commission

Luciano founded the Commission, consisting of the Five Families, the Chicago Outfit and the Buffalo crime family of Upstate New York. Luciano made Vito Genovese the family Underboss, and Frank Costello, Consigliere. In 1935, Luciano was indicted on pandering charges, and sentenced to 30–50 years in prison. The case was a set-up by district attorney Tom Dewey, and the jury went for it. Luciano made a big mistake in taking the witness stand, where he was grilled for 5 hours about how he made his living. Genovese was to take over the Luciano family and run the day-to-day activities; however, Genovese escaped a murder charge and ran off to Italy, leaving Frank Costello as the new acting boss of the Luciano crime family. Luciano was later deported in 1946 after serving ten years in prison.

The Prime Minister

During the reign of Frank Costello, the Luciano family controlled much of the bookmaking, loansharking, illegal gambling and the labor racketeering in New York City. Costello was heavily fond of the financial sides of the Lucianos, and reportedly didn't have much to do with the family "muscle". Nicknamed "The Prime Minister of the Underworld", Costello also controlled many of the docks in New York and was said to have so many political and judicial contacts that no state judge could be appointed in any case without his consent. Costello believed in diplomacy and discipline, and also started the Family's interests in Las Vegas during the early 1940s, by allowing his friends Meyer Lansky and Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel to build the casinos there. However, later Luciano allegedly sanctioned Siegel's murder. Costello ruled for 20 peaceful years until his underboss, Vito Genovese, returned from Italy and was acquitted in his murder trial.[6]

While serving as the prominent boss of the Genovese crime family, Costello also, amazingly, saw a psychiatrist due to his depression and panic attacks during the 1950s, and was told to distance himself from all of his old associates, such as Vito Genovese, and spend time with politicians rather than gangsters. However, it was around this time that Senator Estes Kefauver of Tennessee began investigating organized crime in New York, and set up trials known as the Kefauver hearings. Costello agreed to testify at the hearings and not take the Fifth Amendment, in contrast to all the previous underworld figures to take the stand. The Special Committee and the TV networks had agreed not to broadcast Frank Costello's face, only his hands. During the questioning, Costello nervously refused to answer certain questions and skirted around others. When asked by the committee, "What have you done for your country Mr. Costello?", his reply was, "Paid my tax!" Costello eventually walked out of the hearings.

With the murder of Mangano crime family boss Albert Anastasia in early 1957, Costello lost his most powerful ally in keeping Genovese in line. However, with Anastasia's death, Carlo Gambino seized control of the Mangano family, and Genovese realized that he was still only the underboss and attempted to have Costello assassinated in 1957. However, trigger-man Vincente "Chin" Gigante only shot him in the side of the head and Costello survived. After the shooting, Costello quietly retired and left the Luciano family to Genovese.[7]

Genovese in control

Vito Genovese seized control of the family and later attempted to gain control over the Commission in 1957, the same year he reportedly organized and attended the infamous Apalachin Meeting, a convention with over 100 powerful Mafia bosses from every corner of the United States. However, the meeting was raided by New York State Police and Genovese and others ducked into the woods and escaped. Many of the attendees who attempted flight were arrested. Cosa Nostra no longer lingered in the shadows and federal law enforcement agencies could no longer ignore the syndicate. Genovese was sentenced to 15 years in prison for narcotics charges in 1959. Genovese, who saw himself as the most powerful Don in New York, had been effectively eliminated as a rival by Gambino crime family boss Carlo Gambino, who was now the most powerful member of the Commission and reputed "Commission Chairman". Genovese had reportedly been lured into a conspiracy by Gambino, Luciano, Tommy Lucchese and Frank Costello, in order to prevent any further attempts by Genovese to seize control over the Commission.[8]

While incarcerated at a federal prison in Atlanta, Genovese family soldier Joseph "Joe Cargo" Valachi began acting strangely. Valachi's family had a history of mental illness, and he became delusional. On June 22, 1962, Valachi brutally murdered another inmate with a pipe, whom he mistook for Joseph "Joe Beck" DiPalermo, whom he imagined had come to kill him on the orders of Genovese. Valachi became the first member of the Genovese crime family, as well as the Mafia, to announce the existence of the syndicate and influence over various legal enterprises in aid of racketeering and other criminal activities to make huge profit. Valachi also made the name "Cosa Nostra" a household name. Although Valachi's testimony never led to any convictions, by revealing the many members within, the Genovese family was constantly scrutinized by law enforcement.

Front bosses and the panel

After Genovese was sent to prison in 1959, a "Ruling Panel" that included acting boss Thomas "Tommy Ryan" Eboli, Underboss Gerardo "Jerry" Catena and his protege Philip "Benny Squint" Lombardo was set up to rule the Genovese family with complete secrecy. When Genovese died in prison in 1969, various "Front Bosses" were also established for the purpose of distracting US law enforcement and confuse other powerful Mob bosses like Carlo Gambino, who manipulated Eboli to take over the Genovese family completely in the late 1960s. However, when Eboli's $4 million drug debt to Gambino wasn't repaid, Eboli was murdered in 1972, leaving a Genovese captain and Gambino ally, Frank "Funzi" Tieri to become the new official boss, when in reality, a panel, consisting of Gerardo "Jerry" Catena, Michele "Big Mike" Miranda and Philip Lombardo, made all the family's decisions. This tactic had great success in fooling law enforcement. Tieri was soon arrested by the authorities and became the first Mob boss to be convicted under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) in 1981. He died a month after his conviction.[9]

When the capo of the Manhattan faction, Anthony Salerno ("Fat Tony"), was made new front boss with Tieri's death, Philip Lombardo retired as defacto boss. Lombardo, who had retired, left the Genovese family to Vincent "Chin" Gigante sometime in the 1981.[10] In 1985 front boss Salerno was convicted of being the Genovese crime family boss in the Mafia Commission Trial and sentenced to 100 years in federal prison.

With the 1980 murder of Philadelphia crime family boss Angelo "Gentle Don" Bruno, the Genovese crime family members Vincent Gigante and Philip Lombardo began manipulating the rival factions of the war-angered Philadelphia family, and in the end supported Nicodemo "Little Nicky" Scarfo, who in return gave them permission to operate in the Atlantic City faction of the Philadelphia crime family, in 1982.[10]

The Oddfather

A more elaborate family "Administration" was introduced upon Vincent Gigante's take-over of the Genovese crime family. Since Salerno's conviction and death, Gigante was now recognized by law enforcement as the new boss. The front boss position was abandoned and instead Gigante's administration involved the creation of a fourth messagario (messenger) and fifth position, "Street Boss", in the family. Since Gigante rarely spoke only with a few close associates and through his sons, Vincent Esposito and Andrew Gigante, these positions were set up with the intention of insulating the Boss further from law enforcement investigations. As Gigante also found a way to trick courts into believing he was legally insane, Gigante ducked prosecution after prosecution, and always convinced several psychiatrists that his mental illness turned worse. To make everything look more credible, Gigante always wore a robe and mumbled totally inappropriate words when facing an arrest, indictment or just walking on the sidewalk in New York City. By then, he was nicknamed "The Oddfather".[11]

While Gigante reportedly operated from the Triangle Social Club in Greenwich Village on Manhattan, as well as allegedly feigning his insanity, most of the day-to-day operations were taken care of by him, his Underboss Venero "Benny Eggs" Mangano who operated out of Brooklyn and ran the family's Windows Case rackets, and Gigante's Consigliere, Louis "Bobby" Manna, who operated out of the New Jersey faction of the family, as well as supervising four captains around that area during the 1980s.

However, Gigante was in full charge of the Genovese crime family, as he conspired to murder Gambino crime family Boss John Gotti in 1986, after Gotti had murdered his former boss Paul Castellano in 1985 without the approval of the Commission. A bomb plot to kill Gotti, hatched by Gigante and Lucchese crime family leaders Vittorio "Vic" Amuso and Anthony "Gaspipe" Casso, instead killed Gotti's Underboss Frank DeCicco on April 13, 1986, leaving a large power-vacuum left between three of the Five Families of New York.[11] Since Castellano's death Gigante held control of the Commission. The family also dominated construction and union rackets as well as control of the Fulton Fish Market, waterfront operations and gambling rackets. By 1992, the Genovese family was recognized as the most powerful Mafia family in the United States.

As a longtime "tension" broke out between these families in the late 1980s, and early 1990s, Gigante kept running the Genovese crime family behind his alleged insanity. During the years of the early 1990s, Gigante reportedly controlled his family with iron fists, and ordered the murders of several mobsters. Gotti's Underboss, Salvatore "Sammy the Bull" Gravano, decided to confess to 19 murders and testify against Gotti and Consigliere Frank LoCascio in 1992. However, Gravano also began to testify against Gigante, as well as Philadelphia crime family Underboss Phil Leonetti who decided to become an informant as well, and testify that Gigante had ordered the murders of several of his earlier associates during the 1980s. Additionally, Anthony Casso, former Underboss turned informant of the Lucchese crime family, implicated Gigante in the 1986 plan to kill new Gambino leaders John Gotti, Frank DeCicco and Eugene "Gene" Gotti. In 1997, Gigante was convicted on several racketeering and conspiracy charges and sentenced to 12 years in a federal prison. During his prison setence the family was ran by different acting bosses over a 10 year period including Ernest Muscarella, Dominick Cirillo and Gigante's brother Mario. Gigante died from heart disease on December 19, 2005.

Current status

Since the 1990s, infamous mobsters in top positions of all Five Families have become informants and testified against as many as they can name, putting the Boss, Capos and Soldiers away on various criminal charges. This included Bonanno crime family Boss Joseph "Big Joe" Massino, who defected in 2005. Several top Genovese crime family figures like Underboss Venero "Benny Eggs" Mangano, Consigliere Louis "Bobby" Manna, capo James Ida ("Little Jimmy") and street boss Liborio "Barney" Bellomo received lengthy prison sentences on murder, racketeering and conspiracy convictions. During the last decades, US law enforcement systematically broke down the Genovese crime family, as well as the other Mafia families. Despite these indictments however the Genovese family remains a formidable power with as approximately 250 made men and 14 active crews as of 2005, according to Selwyn Raab. Remaining out of the media spotlight, they are still the most powerful crime family in the country.

When Vincent Gigante died in late 2005, the leadership went to Genovese capo Daniel "Danny the Lion" Leo, who was apparently running the day-to-day activities of the Genovese crime family by 2006.[12] In 2006 prominent crime family underboss and former Gigante loyalist, Venero "Benny Eggs" Mangano was released from prison, while another former Gigante loyalist and prominent capo, the incarcerated Dominick Cirillo was allegedly promoted to consigliere and the Genovese family administration was believed to be whole again as of 2008.[13]

However, in March 2008, Daniel Leo was sentenced to five years in prison for loansharking and extortion. Underboss Venero Mangano is reportedly one of the top leaders within the Manhattan faction of the Genovese crime family, and acting consigliere, Lawrence Dentico ("Little Larry") was leading the New Jersey faction of the family until convicted of racketeering, loansharking and extortion charges in 2006. He was released in 2009.

In July 2008 one time street boss for Vincent Gigante Liborio "Barney" Bellomo was paroled from prison after serving 12 years. What role he plays in the Genovese hierarchy is open to speculation, but he is likely to have a major say in the running of the family once his tight parole restrictions are over. Bellomo's main rival for power will be from longtime capo Tino Fiumara, the purported leader of the New Jersey interests of the Genoveses family.

A March 2009 article in the New York Post claimed Daniel Leo was still boss despite his incarceration. It also estimated that the family consists of around 270 "made" members.[14] The Genovese family maintains power and influence in several areas of New York, New Jersey, Atlantic City and Florida. It is recognized as the most powerful Mafia family in the United States.[2]

Law enforcement considers Danny Leo to be the head the family, although his title is unknown, illustrating the families continued devotion to secrecy. Venero Mangano and Dominick Cirillo round out the crime family administration as underboss and consigliere. The Genovese crime family is known for placing top caporegimes in leadership positions in order to aide the administration with running the day-to-day activities of the crime family. At present the group leaders or caporegimes within the Manhattan and Bronx factions of the crime family such as Venero Mangano, Dominck Cirillo, Danny Leo, Liborio Bellomo, Matthew Ianniello, and Ernie Muscarella hold the greatest amount of influence within the crime family and currently play large roles in the crime family's administration. The Manhattan and Bronx factions have traditionally held the greatest amount of power, and for decades the faction leaders have often held top positions within the crime family's administration, something that continues to this day.

In recent years various New Jersey faction leaders such as Larry Dentico have risen to hold acting leadership positions within the crime family hierarchy indicating that Genovese influence over the Garden State' rackets have remained strong, especially concerning waterfront operations and gambling rackets. At present, formerly incarcerated caporegime Tino Fiumara has allegedly risen to the top of the New Jersey faction, and may play an important role within the Genovese administration, but traditionally the power of all Five Families has never been based in New Jersey.

Administration

  • Boss Daniel "Danny the Lion" Leo - A former member of the Purple Gang in the 1970s, Leo joined the close circle of Vincent Gigante, Matthew Ianniello and Dominick Cirillo in the late 1990s. In early 2008, Leo was sentenced to five years in prison. Currently imprisoned on loansharking and extortion convictions, his projected release date was October 7, 2011. On January 10, 2010, he pleaded guilty to racketeering charges and faces up to 40 years in prison.[15]
  • Acting Boss Tino Fiumara - Longtime New Jersey capo and supporter of Boss Vincent Gigante. Was jailed in 1999 for violating his parole and released in 2005. For the last 15 years, Fiumara has been the head of New Jersey rackets. He is a candidate to become official boss, but there is rivalry between him and Street Boss Liborio Bellomo.
  • Street Boss Liborio Bellomo - replaced Front Boss Anthony "Fat Tony" Salerno, who died in jail in 1992. He was born in Sicily and is the first to hold the position of street boss. Bellomo was jailed from 1996 until July 2008.
  • Underboss Venero "Benny Eggs" Mangano - became underboss in 1986 under the Vincent Gigante regime. Mangano was known as a staunch Gigante loyalist and member of West Side Crew or faction. Mangano was sentenced to 15 years in prison for his involvement in the 1991 "Windows Case". He was convicted of extortion and attempting to manipulate the bidding process of window replacements within municipal housing projects. Released in November 2006, reportedly a Manhattan faction leader.
  • Consigliere Dominick "Quiet Dom" Cirillo - Longtime capo and a trusted associate and aide to Vincent Gigante during his reign as boss. Cirillo was also a known member of the West Side Crew or faction and one of the Four Doms, which included Dominick "Baldy Dom" Canterino, Dominick "The Sailor" DeQuarto and Dominick "Fat Dom" Alongi, all capos and staunch Gigante loyalists. Served as the former Acting Boss 1997-98, but stepped down due to alleged heart problems. In 2003, allegedly resumed job as acting boss, which he held until he was imprisoned on loansharking charges in 2006. Cirrillo was released from prison on August 2008 and is currently active according to law enforcement.

Historical leadership

Bosses (official and acting)

Front bosses and street bosses

When Philip Lombardo pushed Eboli out of power sometime in the mid-1960s, he decided that Eboli should continue to perform the outward functions of boss so as to distract the attention of the FBI away from himself. The family successfully pulled off this "front boss" deception for the next 20 years. Even after turncoat Vincent "Fish" Cafaro exposed this scam in 1988, it was still felt that this was a useful way to divide up the job of boss. In 1992, the position of "street boss" was created. In 1998-2006, decisionmaking was done by a committee of selected capos called the "administration".[18]

  • (Front boss) 1959–1972 — Thomas "Tommy Ryan" Eboli (started as acting boss, turned into front boss sometime in the mid-1960s, murdered 1972)
  • (Front boss) 1972–1974 — Carmine "Little Eli" Zeccardi
  • (Front boss) 1974–1980 — Frank "Funzi" Tieri (ill with cancer by 1979, indicted under RICO & stepped down 1980, died 1981)
  • (Front boss) 1981–1987 — Anthony "Fat Tony" Salerno (jailed 1987, died in prison 1992)
  • (Street boss) 1990–present — Liborio "Barney" Bellomo (jailed 1996-2009)
  • Acting 1998–2002 — Frank "Farby" Serpico
  • Acting 2002–2003 — Ernest "Ernie" Muscarella
  • Acting 2003–2005 — Dominick "Quiet Dom" Cirillo
  • Acting 2005–2008 — Mario Gigante

Underbosses

Underboss - the number two position in the family (after boss). Also known as the "capo bastone" in some criminal organizations, the underboss ensures that profits from criminal enterprises flow up to the boss and generally oversees the selection of the caporegime and soldiers to carry out murders and other criminal activities. The underboss takes control of the crime family after the boss's death. He keeps this power until there is a new boss chosen to run the crime family (which in some cases is the underboss).

Consiglieri

Consigliere - Also known as an advisor or "right-hand man," a consigliere is a counselor to the boss of a crime family. The consigliere is beneath only the boss in the power structure but does not have underbosses, capos, or soldiers working for him. Like the boss, there is usually only one consigliere per criminal organization.

Messaggero

Messaggero – The messaggero (messenger) functions as liaison between crime families. The messenger can reduce the need for sit-downs and limit the public exposure of the bosses. Boss Vincent Gigante was credited with inventing the position to avoid law enforcement attention.

Administrative capos

A ruling committee of capo’s were assemble to help the acting boss, street boss, underboss, and consigliere run the family and keep attention away from authorities.

  • 1997-1998 -(8 man committee) - Frank "Farby" Serpico, Ernest "Ernie" Muscarella, Pasquale "Patsy" Parello, Lawrence "Little Larry" Dentico, John "Johnny Sausage" Barbato, Alan "Baldie" Longo, Federico "Fritzy" Giovanelli, Daniel "Danny the Lion" Leo
  • 1998-2001 -(7 men committee) - Dominick "Quiet Dom" Cirillo, Ernest "Ernie" Muscarella, Pasquale "Patsy" Parello, Lawrence "Little Larry" Dentico, John "Johnny Sausage" Barbato, Alan "Baldie" Longo, Daniel "Danny the Lion" Leo
  • 2001-2002 -(5 men committee) - Dominick "Quiet Dom" Cirillo, Ernest "Ernie" Muscarella, Lawrence "Little Larry" Dentico, John "Johnny Sausage" Barbato, Alan "Baldie" Longo
  • 2002-2003 -(4 men committee) - Dominick "Quiet Dom" Cirillo, Lawrence "Little Larry" Dentico, John "Johnny Sausage" Barbato, Daniel "Danny the Lion" Leo

Capos

New York

Manhattan

  • Ernest "Ernie" Muscarella - reputed Capo in the Manhattan faction. Muscarella has been top aide to Vincent Gigante since the 1980s, and was the Genovese acting boss for Gigante and Dominick "Quiet Dom" Cirillo from the late 1990s to his arrest in 2002 on racketeering charges. He was released on December 31, 2007.
  • Mario Gigante - Capo, longtime member and former acting boss of the family. He is the older brother of late boss Vincent "Chin" Gigante. Retired in 2007, but being close to his brother, the former boss, and knowing much about affairs and interests of the crime family he is still rumored to be in an advisory position aiding the current leaders.
  • Joseph Zito - Capo in the Manhattan faction, other wise known as the West Side Crew, involved in bookmaking and loansharking business. Zito may have been incorrectly labeled by law enforcement as acting underboss from roughly 1997-2003, but more than likely he was the right-hand-man or aide to official underboss Venero "Benny Eggs" Mangano. Starting around the mid 1990s, Zito was seen occasionally visiting Mangano in prison and apparently relaying messages and orders back to Genovese crime family members, and aiding the longtime leader with his business affairs while he was being incarcerated for his part in the Windows Case.

Manhattan & Brooklyn

  • Federico "Fritzy" Giovanelli - Capo heavily involved in loansharking, illegal gambling and bookmaking. Giovanelli was charged with the January 1986 killing of Anthony Venditti, an undercover NYPD detective, but he was eventually acquitted. One known soldier in Fritzy's crew was Frank "Frankie California" Condo. Giovanelli also worked with Genovese soldier Ernest "Junior" Varacalli in a car theft ring in 2001.
  • Charles "Chuckie" Tuzzo - Captain in the Manhattan and Brooklyn factions who was heavily involved in pump and dump stock schemes with Liborio "Barney" Bellomo and in the infiltration of the International Longshoreman's Association (ILA) with former acting boss Ernest Muscarella in order to extort companies operating at the piers in New York, New Jersey and Florida.[21][22]

Manhattan & Bronx

  • (In prison) Daniel "Danny the Lion" Leo - Current acting boss and capo of the Genovese crime family. A former member of the Purple Gang in the 1970s, Leo became one of the closest in the circle of Vincent Gigante, Matthew Ianniello and Dominick Cirillo in the late 1990s. Currently imprisoned due to his involvement with loansharking. In early 2008, Leo was sentenced to five years in prison. His projected release date is October 7, 2011. Was just currently charged February 2009 for racketeering as well as loan-sharking, release date is pending.
  • Liborio "Barney" Bellomo - Capo, former acting boss and protege of Vincent Gigante. Bellomo leads one of the most influential crews within the crime family, as the Manhattan, East Harlem based 116th St. crew merged in the 1990s with a Bronx based crew. The 116th St. crew was once led by New York mafia powerhouse Anthony "Fat Tony" Salerno and was also known as the Palma Boys Crew. Released in July 2008 after long prison term. In his early 50s, Bellomo is one of the youngest leaders of the Genovese crime family, still recognized as a powerhouse within the Manhattan faction and the alleged top rival of captain Tino Fiumara in the current power vacuum.[25]

Manhattan & New Jersey

  • Matthew "Matty the Horse" Ianniello - Capo and former acting boss of the Genovese family for Vincent Gigante, Ianniello is a longtime Manhattan faction leader, who also operates in New Jersey according to law enforcement.[28] Was imprisoned on extortion and racketeering charges and released on April 3, 2009.[29]

Brooklyn

  • Daniel "Danny" Pagano - Capo involved in a so-called bootleg gasoline scheme with Russian mobsters in the 1980s.[34] Released in 2007 after serving 105 months in prison.[35]

Brooklyn & Staten Island

  • Frank "Punchy" Illiano - Capo in the Brooklyn and Staten Island factions of the Genovese family. He was a high-ranking member in the Colombo crime family before switching to the Genoveses in the early 1970s along with Albert "Kid Blast" Gallo, one of the notorious Gallo brothers. Has since rose to one of the top members of the family.
  • Albert "Kid Blast" Galloacting capo of the old Gallo crew along with Frank Illiano which is based in South Brooklyn neighborhoods of Carroll Gardens, Red Hook, and Cobble Hill. They run gambling and loan sharking operations in Brooklyn, Manhattan and Staten Island. Albert and his old friend Frank Illiano switched over from being Colombo family in the late 1970s to the Genovese family becoming made members.

Brooklyn & Queens

  • Rosario "Ross" Gangi - Capo, involved in labor racketeering and white collar crimes in Queens and Brooklyn sections of the Genovese crime family. Released from prison on August 8, 2008 after serving seven years on extortion, robbery conspiracy, gun trafficking, loan sharking, labor racketeering charges.[36][37]

Brooklyn & Bronx

  • Alphonse "Allie Shades" Malangone - a Capo in the crime family's Brooklyn and Bronx factions, he became a powerhouse in the 1990s. Malangone held a great deal of influence on the waterfront through the control of gambling, loansharking and extortion rackets at the Fulton Fish Market. He also carried a great deal of influence over New York City's private sanitation rackets through the control of the Kings County Trade Waste Association and the Greater New York Waste paper Association. Allie Shades was indicted along with Genovese and Gambino members in 2000 due to his deep involvement in the waste hauling industry. It is also alleged that at one time Malangone was supported by John Gotti in a move to take over the Genovese crime family from Vincent Gigante, but nothing came of the alleged plan.[38][39]

Queens

Other New York counties

  • Paul "Paulie Stripes" DiMarco - High Ranking Capo/Capodecina in the Genovese crime family. Numerous legal enterprises as well as several construction firms are known to be managed by Mr. DiMarco in Orange, Putnam, and Westchester counties in New York.

New Jersey

The Genovese Crime family has 5 crews that operate out of New Jersey. [41]

  • Boss - Anthony Palumbo leading the Palumbo crew in 2006 was put in charge of the New Jersey faction by acting boss Daniel Leo both were arrested in early 2009. [42][43] He was released on February 2, 2009.

- The Fiumara crew (headed by Tino "Greek" Fiumara. Crew members operate from bases in Newark/Elizabeth Seaport and Union, Essex and Bergen Counties) Allegedly the current leader of the New Jersey faction, which close to the current hierarchy members,Tino Fiumara is currently Acting Boss while Daniel Leo is imprisoned till 2011.

- The Prisco Crew (headed by Angelo "The Horn" Prisco. Crew members operate from bases in Hudson County, Bayonne/Jersey City Waterfront, and operates in Monmouth County and Florida)

- The Bruschi crew (headed by Ludwig "Ninni" Bruschi. Crew members operate from bases in Ocean, Monmouth, Middlesex, Hudson, Essex, Passaic and Union counties).

- The Gatto Crew (headed by Joseph "The Eagle" Gatto. Crew members operate from bases in Bergen and Passaic Counties)

- The DeVita Crew (headed by Silvio P. DeVita. Crew members operate from bases in Essex County)

  • Tino "Greek" Fiumara - A longtime and highly influential caporegime within the New Jersey faction of the crime family, who has long been feared and respected, some say more feared than respected. The Fiumara crew is seen by local law enforcement as one of the largest and most influential of the Genovese crews based in the state of New Jersey. Fiumara recently relocated his residence to Long Island, New York in order to minimize local police surveillance and possible pursuit from the federal government. Fiumara is well known for his involvement in union and labor racketeering, loansharking, extortion and gambling activities since the 1970s. He still maintains a tight grip on the majority of criminal activities taking place within his area of influence and throughout his operational bases in various counties, especially gambling and labor rackets. With the death of former crime family boss Vincent Gigante and rise of rival captain and Gigante loyalist Liborio Bellomo from the Manhattan faction, there is allegedly a power vacuum in the Genovese crime family that allegedly involves Fiumara and Bellomo, two of the crime family's powerhouses. With the recent murder conviction of New Jersey based Genovese capo Angelo Prisco, Fiumara may very well increase his influence within the New Jersey faction, but Bellomo has long been seen as a rising leader within the crime family and carries a great deal of influence within the New York faction, more than enough to rival Fiumara, who has long been rumored to be ambitious, and possibly in line to head the crime family. Traditionally the crime family's powerbase has always been New York and will most likely never be New Jersey, but as of late various New Jersey members such as Larry Dentico have risen to acting positions within the crime family hierarchy, indicating the New Jersey faction's importance within the crime family. The highest position a New Jersey based Genovese family member has ever held was underboss during the Costello-Moretti regime of the 1940s. Currently acting boss of the Genovese Crime Family.[44]
  • Angelo "The Horn" Prisco - Prisco is regarded as a highly capable Genovese family member who rose to prominence as a New Jersey faction-leader due to his ability to get the job done and for being a good earner. Prisco heads the second most influential Genovese crew in New Jersey, but some of the influence Prisco carries comes from outside of New Jersey. He controls profitable Florida based rackets such as gambling and loansharking operations. Most within New Jersey law enforcement would agree that Fiumara still carries more influence than Prisco, thus placing The Horn behind Fiumara in the overall scheme of things in New Jersey. The Prisco crew is one of the larger and more influential New Jersey based Genovese crews, but recent misfortune concerning their leader may have an overall affect within the New Jersey faction. Prisco was recently convicted on racketeering and murder charges stemming from the 1992 murder of Angelo Sangiuolo, a Genovese family associate and Prisco own cousin who was apparently murdered in the Bronx on orders from then boss Vincent Gigante. He was sentenced to life in prison and was removed from the streets. This may effectively give Tino Fiumara more influence over the New Jersey faction as a whole, and with another capable leader cementing his stature as an earner, the number 2 spot within the New Jersey faction may be up for grabs.
  • Ludwig "Ninni" Bruschi - Bruschi had been known to law enforcement since the 1970s as a bookmaker. He continued to make a name for himself by operating highly profitable gambling operations and by the 1990s he had quietly risen through the ranks of the New Jersey faction, allegedly taking over the South Jersey operations by the late 1990s. His rise to power came from being a good earner, but it was also aided by the fact that Tino Fiumara had gone to prison in 1980 and would not see the streets again until the mid 1990s, and once again from 1998 to 2002 for parole violations. While Fiumara was in prison Angelo Prisco rose through the ranks to become the number one New Jersey faction leader on the streets, but he was jailed in 1994 and was not released until 2002. This was plenty of time for Bruschi to quietly consolidate his power and influence, and rise within the crime family. Bruschi high level status within the Genovese crime family was not known to the public until June 2003 when he and 19 associates were indicted for running a racketeering enterprise that engaged in gambling, loansharking and drug distribution. Bruschi's gambling operations allegedly took in $100,000 a month in profit and he allegedly had more than $600,000 on the streets in juice loans bringing in 156% annually. Bruschi is presently imprisoned, but he is set for release within a few years and with the recent murder conviction of Prisco there is no doubt that Bruschi will rise even higher within the New Jersey underworld and the Genovese crime family once he is one the streets once more.
  • Joseph "The Eagle" Gatto - Joey the Eagle and his father Louis "Streaky" Gatto were leaders within the North New Jersey rackets. Gatto Sr. rose through the New Jersey faction ranks to take over the crew of influential capo Peter La Placa who would retire by the mid 1970s due to ill health. Father and son would lead a crew known for using violence to enforce the collection of gambling and loansharking debts, to assure compliance from bookmakers and vice peddlers, and to remove rivals. In 1989 Gatto Sr. and son would be indicted. Gatto Sr.'s reign as boss would come to an end when he was sentenced to 65 years for two murders, while Gatto Jr. received 30 months for racketeering. Gatto Sr. By 1991 Joey Gatto was relaying orders back home and running the crew from behind bars. He would come home in 1993 and continue to run his father's crew and greatly expand it's gambling operations by first using pagers and cell phones, and then the internet. In 1999 Gatto Jr. would be convicted on gambling charges and as a part of his plea deal he would admit in court that he was a Genovese caporegime, the elder Gatto would finally die behind bars in 2002. In 2004, roughly one year after his release from prison Gatto Jr. and 40 other members and associates of the Genovese, Bonanno and Lucchese crime families were indicted. Gatto Jr. was said to be running an off shore wire room based in Costa Rica called Catalina Sports that allegedly brought in $300,000-$500,000 per week. The case against Gatto Jr. eventually fell apart a year later, but authorities were able to put together another case in the summer of 2008 by using reinstated wiretaps that emanate from the original case in 2004.
  • Silvio P. DeVita - The fifth New Jersey based Genovese crew is run by Silvio DeVita, who is not as well known to the public as the other New Jersey based leaders and members. DeVita is a very secretive and quiet crew leader, something he may have learned back in his homeland of Sicily where he was born. DeVita made his way up the ranks of the Andrew Gerardo crew, and when Gerardo retired to Florida in the early to mid 1990s DeVita took over. He now runs a number of operations, specializing in the construction industry, union and labor racketeering, infiltration of legitimate business, insurance fraud, gambling, loansharking and extortion. DeVita was born in Sicily and like all Sicilian mafiosi he keeps strong family and criminal ties back to the island. Unlike the Gambinos and Bonannos, the Genovese do not have a native Sicilian or "Zip" crew based in New York or New Jersey that is officially affiliated with the crime family, but like the aforementioned, over the last 10–15 years they have elevated capable Sicilian members to leadership positions. DeVita, along with fellow caporegime Liborio Bellomo are both influential Sicilian members and may very well being starting to recruit those with blood and marriage ties to them. As a sidenote, DeVita has been placed on the New Jersey State Casino Control Commission Exclusion List, he is not allowed to enter any state controlled casino within New Jersey.

The Genovese family operates mostly in the New York City area, and their main inflence is in gambling and Unions.

  • New York City - The five boroughs (Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens and Staten Island), along with Long Island. The various counties of New York, Bronx, Queens, Nassau, Kings, Richmond, Suffolk, Westchester, Rockland and Orange have been targeted by the Genovese for decades. The crime family runs a number of businesses and rackets in these counties that specialize in the construction, trucking and waste hauling industries and in gambling, loansharking and extortion rackets, as well as health and insurance fraud. In the past, small Genovese crews or individuals have operated in upstate New York areas like Albany, Syracuse, Delaware and Utica, but traditionally these areas were controlled by the Buffalo, Rochester and Utica crime families or factions.
  • Massachusetts - Springfield has been a Genovese territory since the crime family's earliest days. The most influential Genovese leaders to have operated out of this area where Salvatore "Big Nose Sam" Curfari and Francesco "Frankie Skyball" Scibelli. Another influential crew was based in Worcester. The most influential leaders of that crew were Frank Iaconi and Carlo Mastrototaro. The New England or Patriarca crime family based in Providence, Rhode Island have long dominated the North End of Boston, but the Genovese crime family has held a long standing alliance with the New England crime family dating back to the Prohibition era. Genovese crews or members have been known to operate in and around Rhode Island.
  • Connecticut - The Genovese have long held a presence in this area, mainly in New Haven where they specialize in the construction, trucking and waste hauling rackets. In 2006, influential Genovese capo Matthew "Matty the Horse" Ianniello was indicted due to his involvement in the trash hauling rackets based in New Haven, Connecticut and Westchester, New York.
  • Las Vegas - The state of Nevada legalized gambling in 1931, but Sin City was without a doubt turned into a gambling mecca and paradise by the American Mafia. Once again, Genovese crime family members such as Frank Costello, Vincent Alo and associates Meyer Lansky and Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel realized the opportunities that Las Vegas offered. Bugsy Siegel was one of the first New York mobsters sent out west in the 1930s to oversee the expansion of the Mob's race wire operations. By the mid 1940s various American mafia crime families, mainly New York's Genovese crime family and the Chicago Outfit were looking to invest heavily in new, swanky casinos and hotels. Soon other crime family leaders from Cleveland, Detroit, New England, Kansas City, Philadelphia, Northeastern Pennsylvania, Milwaukee and Pittsburgh came together in hopes of obtaining hidden ownership of a casino. This was always done through front men they chose to oversee the casino skim, usually Jewish associates or syndicate money men such as Morris "Moe" Dalitz and Joseph "Doc" Stacher. The Genovese crime family was one of the first to invest in Las Vegas casinos and the crime family maintained those investments through Lansky and his Jewish syndicate associates. By the 1960s the Chicago Outfit and the Cleveland Syndicate carried the most influence in Las Vegas, maintaining their casino investments well into the 1980s. To this day Las Vegas is recognized as an open city where all L.C.N. crime families can operate, but today their interests are focused outside of the casino count room and not on casino ownership. The crime families still generate a great deal of profits from gambling, loansharking, extortion and narcotics rackets. They also invest in legitimate businesses such as nightclubs, strip-joints and restaurants, along with food and service industry operations such as pizza and sandwich shops, and catering companines.

Well-known crews in the family

References

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  16. ^ Raab, Selwyn (1995-09-03). "With Gotti Away, the Genoveses Succeed the Leaderless Gambinos". Nytimes.com. http://www.nytimes.com/1995/09/03/nyregion/with-gotti-away-the-genoveses-succeed-the-leaderless-gambinos.html?scp=6&sq=Carmine%20Persico&st=cse. Retrieved 2010-03-12. 
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Simple English

Genovese crime family
In New York City
Founded by Lucky Luciano
Years active 1931-present
Territory Various neighborhoods over NYC and throughout the USA.
Ethnicity Italian, Italian-American made men and other ethnicities as "associates"
Membership 250 - 300 made members, 3500 associates approx
Criminal activities Racketeering, conspiracy, loansharking, money laundering, murder, narcotics, extortion, pornography, bookmaking, and gambling.
Allies Gambino, Bonanno, Colombo, and Lucchese Crime Families
Rivals Various gangs over NYC including their allies

The Genovese crime family is one of the "Five Families" that controls organized crime activities in New York City, within the nationwide criminal phenomenon known as the Mafia (or Cosa Nostra). The Genovese crime family has been nicknamed the "Ivy League" and "Rolls Royce" of organized crime.

Bosses of the Genovese crime family

  • 1922–1931 — Giuseppe "Joe the Boss" Masseria (Boss, murdered in 1931 during the Castellammarese War)
  • 1931–1946 — Salvatore 'Charlie "Lucky" Luciano' Lucania (Boss, jailed in 1936)
  • 1936–1946 — Frank "Frankie the Prime Minister" Costello (acting boss)
  • 1946–1957 — Frank "Frankie the Prime Minister" Costello (Boss, retired)
  • 1957–1969 — Vito "Don Vito" Genovese (Boss, jailed 1959, died in prison in 1969)
  • Circa 1959–1972 — Thomas "Tommy Ryan" Eboli (acting boss, turned front boss sometime in the mid 1960s, murdered 1972)
  • Circa 1965–1972 — Gerardo "Jerry" Catena (jailed 1970-72, retired 1973, died 2000 at age 98)
  • Circa 1965–1981 — Philip "Benny Squint" Lombardo (retired)
  • 1972–1981 — Frank "Funzi" Tieri (acting boss, turned front boss sometime in the early 1970s by the family)
  • 1981–1987 — Anthony "Fat Tony" Salerno (front boss for Vincent Gigante, jailed 1987, died in prison)
  • 1981–2005 — Vincent "Chin" Gigante (Boss, jailed 1997, died in prison of heart failure on December 19, 2005)
  • 1990–1996 — Liborio "Barney" Bellomo (street boss, jailed)
  • 1996–1998 — Dominick "Quiet Dom" Cirillo (street boss, steps down)
  • 1997–2003 — Matthew "Matty the Horse" Ianniello (acting boss, jailed)
  • 2003–2005 — Dominick "Quiet Dom" Cirillo (acting boss, jailed)
  • 2005–2006 — Mario Gigante (acting boss, possible in retirement after the death of his brother in 2005)
  • 2006–2007 — Daniel "Danny the Lion" Leo (acting boss) (indicted May 31, 2007, remanded without bail before being sentenced to 5 years in prison in early 2008), Venero "Benny Eggs" Mangano (underboss) (released from prison December, 2006 after serving 15 years), Dominick "Quiet Dom" Cirillo (consigliere) (Sentenced to 46 months on March 3, 2006), Lawrence "Little Larry" Dentico (acting consigliere) (promoted prior to coping a plea and being sentenced to 4 1/2 years in early 2006)
  • 2007–present — Paul "Paulie Stripes" DiMarco (alleged acting boss, next in line coming from the midwest?), Venero "Benny Eggs" Mangano (underboss), Dominick "Quiet Dom" Cirillo (consigliere?)

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