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Liborio Salvatore Bellomo (born January 8, 1957), known as Barney is a high ranking caporegime (captain), and street boss of the Genovese crime family in New York City. Originally from Corleone, Sicily, he is one of the fastest rising Mafia members in the United States today, becoming a capo in his mid twenties. He was considered Vincent Gigante's logical successor as boss of the Genovese family until he was sent to prison in 1996; now out on parole, his current status in the Genovese family is unknown. He has a residence in Pelham Manor, New York. Bellomo owned several Bronx-based businesses including a waste hauling company.

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Made Man and 116th Street Crew

Bellomo stands at 6'0". Bellomo can speak both Italian and English. He spent a year studying at Monsignor Scanlon's Business School in the Bronx, and then a year studying mortuary science but later attended University of Paris. It is unknown if he graduated with a diploma or certificate at this university. However, in 1977, at the age of 20 Bellomo was inducted into the powerful "West Side Mob"/Genovese crime family. The induction ceremony took place above an East Harlem pizzeria. Bellomo's father was a powerful Sicilian heroin trafficker that was connected with the Genoveses of East Harlem.

Vincent Cafaro sponsored Bellomo into the Genovese family, and Bellomo became a made member of Saverio Santora's East Harlem 116th Street Crew. The crew was involved in gambling and labor racketeering, specifically in the NYC District Council of Carpenters.

In or around 1982, before he turned 30, Bellomo took over the Santora 116th Street Crew, and with fellow Harlem captain Vincent DiNapoli became the pre-eminent racketeer in the New York City District Council of Carpenters and extremely influential in the New York City construction industry. During the late 1980s, Bellomo moved the crew's center base to the Bronx, where it has always maintained important rackets up until Bellomo's most recent indictment.

Bellomo was the exact opposite of the flashy John Gotti of the Gambino crime family. He dressed in jeans and sweatshirts, and only met fellow wiseguys late at night in odd places, avoiding the Manhattan limelight, but steadily building his power and helping to maintain the Genovese family's dominance over New York's Cosa Nostra.

By the age of 30, Bellomo was a top capo in New York City's most powerful Mafia family, he was directly involved in the family's most powerful rackets (including the Waterfront, Javits Center, Carpenter's Union, as well as indirectly tied with powerful heroin traffickers). Despite his youth, during the late 1980s and early 1990s, Bellomo was one of the wealthiest organized crime figures in New York, as well as one of its most feared.

Carpenters union racketeer and the Jacob K. Javits Center

Bellomo demonstrated his power during disputes with rivals from other families, as well as those within the Genovese crime family.

In or about 1993, Bellomo won a jurisdictional dispute against Genovese Little Italy captain Anthony Cipollo, in which consigliere Louis Manna awarded Bellomo exclusive control over Bronx Carpenters Local 17, removing all of Cipollo's influence. While Cipollo was a young wiseguy with much influence, Bellomo was a rising power in the family, in his mid-30's and close to the family's leaders, including Vincent Gigante and Venero Mangano. Bellomo was the undisputed leader of the family's East Harlem/Bronx faction.

Furthermore, Bellomo became dominant in the rackets at the Jacob K. Javits Center on the West Side of Manhattan by installing crew members in important union positions at the center, including soldier Ralph Coppola and his Genovese associate brother-in-law and Carpenters Local 257 shop steward Anthony Fiorino. Bellomo was also close to Genovese associate Attilio Bitondo who was Local 257's Vice-President, and involved in kickbacks from NYC contractors and businesses operating at the Javits Center. around this time Genovese boss Vincent Gigante began mentoring Liborio Bellomo to take over as boss of the Genovese crime family.

A report by the New York State Organized Crime Task Force indicated that an alarmingly high number of the 100 carpenters that worked at the Javits Center had ties to organized crime, some of whom were made members of one of the Five Families. These carpenters made $100,000 salaries, and 60 of the 100 had criminal records. One of whom, Vincent Gigante, was the nephew of the Genovese family's Godfather. The Javits was controlled through affiliations with labor bosses Frederick Devine, Martin Forde, Attilio Bitondo, Eugene Hanley, Anthony Fiorino, Leonard Simon, Fabian Palomino, Carmine Fiore, and Ralph Coppola.

To maintain control, Anthony Fiorino, the Local 257 steward in charge of the Javits, once threatened a man's life at a Local 257 meeting in 1984, telling him his kids could be hurt if he "steps on people's toes". Fiorino was also responsible for funneling tribute payments the Genovese and the Irish Westies Mob received from contractors operating in the Javits to the labor bosses and Barney Bellomo.

Acting boss and indictment

In 1990, after Vincent Gigante's indictment in the Windows Scam, Bellomo was appointed acting boss of the Genovese family. In 1996, after serving effectively as Gigante's acting boss while Gigante was dodging indictments by faking mental illness, Bellomo was indicted on Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act charges, including the murder of Ralph DeSimone, cousin of Thomas DeSimone, extortion, and labor racketeering. He took and passed three lie detector tests about a murder he has steadfastly denied, had his head shaved by Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents looking to find evidence that Bellomo had used drugs to beat the polygraph machines, and was left sitting in prison even though no evidence of drugs was found in his system. In late 1997, Bellomo pleaded guilty to lesser charges and accepted a 10-year prison sentence.

Imprisoned and second indictment

In 2001, while Bellomo was due out of prison in 2004, he was indicted on money laundering charges related to the Genovese family's involvement in the waterfront rackets and control of the ILA. Bellomo was accused of hiding money stolen from the ILA's members pension fund account. Bellomo pleaded guilty to lesser charges pushing back his scheduled release date. While in prison, on February 23, 2006, Bellomo and over 30 other Genovese crime family members and associates, including nearly 90-year old Bronx captain John Ardito and Bellomo's attorney Peter Peluso who decided to cooperate with federal investigators, were indicted. Bellomo was charged with ordering the 1998 murder of Ralph Coppola, the acting captain that ran Bellomo's crew in his absence. According to the indictment:

LIBORIO S. BELLOMO, a/k/a "Barney Bellomo," the defendant, was, at various times relevant to this Indictment, a Soldier, Capo, and Acting Boss of the Genovese Organized Crime Family. Prior to becoming Acting Boss of the Genovese Organized Crime Family in or about 1992, BELLOMO was first a Soldier in the Genovese Family, and then a powerful Capo, who controlled a crew of Soldiers and associates based in the Bronx, New York. BELLOMO was responsible for, amongst other things, control over labor unions associated with the Jacob Javits Convention Center in Manhattan. BELLOMO became the Acting Boss of the Genovese Organized Crime Family in or about 1992, following the incarceration of Genovese Family Boss Vincent Gigante. In or about 1996, BELLOMO was himself incarcerated after being arrested on Federal criminal charges filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. Following his incarceration, and even after being replaced as Acting Boss, BELLOMO retained significant power and authority within the Genovese Organized Crime Family, and he continued to be consulted on, and make decisions with respect to, the Genovese Family's criminal activities. In or about 1997, following his conviction on Federal extortion charges, BELLOMO was sentenced to a term of 10 years' imprisonment. BELLOMO's criminal activities included the 1998 murder of Ralph Coppola, a Genovese Family Soldier and Acting Capo, as well as his participation in two schemes to obstruct justice, one by conspiring to tamper with a potential witness, and the other by giving false and misleading testimony in a grand jury proceeding.[1]

Peluso pleaded guilty to his role in the murder, specifically, he admitted to passing the murder decree from Bellomo the Genovese mobsters who actually carried out the hit. The charges were later dropped due to lack of evidence. He maintains a residence in Pelham Manor, New York.


Bellomo is the father of three teenage daughters, Sadie Martino, Katie Martino, and Janie Martino. Their current location remains unknown. Bellomo's martial status with their mother, Melissa Destefano is proclaimed as divorced. Bellmo is also the father of two infant sons and is currently together with their mother, Jennifer Hoffman, it has been established that their current location remains in the Bronx, New York down Fordham.

Released from prison

In July 2008, Bellomo was released from prison after serving 12 years. He may now be serving as street boss for the Genovese family. His exact role in the family is yet to be revealed.

References

  1. ^ United States of America vs. Liborio Bellomo, United States District Court Southern District of New York, 2006-2-23

Further reading

  • Butler, Gregory A. Disunited Brotherhoods: Race, Racketeering and the Fall of the New York Construction Unions. Lincoln: iUniverse, 2006. ISBN 0-595-39143-5
  • Jacobs, James B., Coleen Friel and Robert Radick. Gotham Unbound: How New York City Was Liberated from the Grip of Organized Crime. New York: NYU Press, 1999. ISBN 0-8147-4247-5
  • Milhorn, H. Thomas. Crime: Computer Viruses to Twin Towers. Boca Raton, Florida: Universal Publishers, 2005. ISBN 1-58112-489-9
  • Raab, Selwyn. Five Families: The Rise, Decline, and Resurgence of America's Most Powerful Mafia Empires. New York: St. Martin Press, 2005. ISBN 0-312-30094-8
  • Theoharis, Athan G. (ed.) The FBI: A Comprehensive Reference Guide. Phoenix: Oryx Press, 1999. ISBN 0-89774-991-X
  • United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on Governmental Affairs. Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations. Organized Crime: 25 Years After Valachi: Hearings Before the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, 1988.

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Business positions
Preceded by
Vincent "Chin" Gigante
as boss
Genovese crime family
Acting boss

1990 - 1992
Succeeded by
Himself
as street boss
Preceded by
Anthony "Fat Tony" Salerno
as front boss
Genovese crime family
Street boss

1992 - present
Incumbent
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