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Five Families of New York City

Current Leadership Charts of the Five Families

The Commission is the governing body of the Mafia in the US. It has changed a lot since it was created in 1931 but the bosses of the New York Five Mafia Families still are the core membership of The Commission.

The Commission was created in ’31 by Lucky (Luciano, of course) in Atlantic City. It’s purpose was to replace the old Sicilian mafia regime and establish some ground rules among the new mafia families. Historically, a system like this has always been in place. In Sicily, the heads of each cosche would meet regularly  to discuss “business”, and in the US, they wouldn’t forget their traditions.

In the beginning of 1931, after winning a bloody War among the New York gangs,  the New York Boss Salvatore Maranzano divided all the gangs in the US into several mafia families and then he assumed as capo di tutti capi (“boss of all bosses”). Because there had never been a “boss of all bosses” in the Mafia History, the mafia’s ranks reacted negatively to this. Luciano, who was by then a Maranzano ally, soon abraded under the harsh control by Maranzano and in September of that year he machined Maranzano’s assassination. Luciano then became the top mobster in the country.

Since then, gang wars didn’t “stopped” but they did reduced it’s scale and frequency.

The current Known Bosses of the Mafia Commission are:

  • Bonanno Crime Family – Unofficial Boss: Vincent “Vinny Gorgeous” Basciano (Life Imprisonment x 2)
  • Colombo Crime Family – Carmine “Junior/The Snake/Immortal” Persico (Life Imprisonment)
  • Gambino Crime Family – Domenico “Italian Dom/Greaseball/Dom from 18th Avenue” Cefalu
  • Genovese Crime Family –  Vacant
  • Lucchese Crime Family –  Vittorio “Little Vic/Vic the Terminator” Amuso (Life Imprisonment)

Gambino Crime Family

  • Boss: Domenico “Italian Dom/Greaseball/Dom from 18th Avenue” Cefalu
  • Underboss: Arnold “Zeke” Squitieri (Jailed)
  • Consigliere: Bartolomeo “Bobby/Bobby Glasses” Vernace (Jailed, Under Indictment)
  • New Jersey Faction Boss: Alphonse “Funzi” Sisca
  • Estimated Membership: About 260 Made Members.
  • Operates out of:

    • Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, Long Island
    • Crews within the family:
      • Ozone Park Boys
        • Mainly in Queens and Long Island
      • DeMeo Crew
        • Mainly in Queens, Brooklyn and Manhattan
        • Activities:
          • Narcotics trafficking, loan-sharking, gambling, extortion, car theft, union corruption, construction, internet fraud

Genovese Crime Family

  • Boss: Vacant
  • Three-Man Ruling Panel: Tino “The Greek” Fiumara (Dead), Others Unknown
  • Acting Boss: Daniel “Danny the Lion” Leo (Jailed)
    Genovese Boss Danny Leo
  • Street Boss: Liborio “Barney” Bellomo
  • Underboss: Venero “Benny Eggs” Mangano
  • Consigliere: Dominick “Quiet Dom” Cirillo
  • New Jersey Faction Boss: Vacant since death of Tino “The Greek” Fiumara in 2010
  • Estimated Membership: About 270 Made Members
  • Operates out of:

    • Manhattan, The Bronx, Brooklyn, New Jersey
    • Crews within the family:
      • 116th Street Crew
        • Mainly in North Manhattan and Bronx
      • Greenwich Crew
        • Mainly in Greenwich Village and South Manhattan
      • New Jersey Crew
        • New Jersey
  • Activities
    • Narcotics, loan-sharking, gambling, extortion rackets, pornography, labor union racketeering, restaurants, seafood distribution

Bonanno Crime Family

  • Unofficial Boss: Vincent “Vinny Gorgeous” Basciano (Life Imprisonment x 2)
    Bonanno Boss Vinny Gorgeous
  • Acting Boss: Vincent “Vinny T.V.” Badalamenti or Vincent “Vinny” Asaro
  • Underboss: Nicholas “Nicky Mouth” Santora
  • Consigliere: Anthony “T.G.” Graziano (Jailed)
  • Acting Consigliere: Anthony “Fat Tony” Rabito
  • New Jersey Faction Boss: Joseph Sammartino Sr.
  • Estimated membership: About 115 Made Members.
  • Operates out of:

    • Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, Long Island
    • Crews within family
      • Motion Lounge Crew
      • Brooklyn and Long Island
  • Activities:
    • Narcotics trafficking, pornography, loan-sharking, gambling, telemarketing schemes, pizza parlors and espresso cafes

Lucchese Crime Family

  • Boss: Vittorio “Little Vic/Vic the Terminator” Amuso (Life Imprisonment)
  • Ruling Committee/Panel: Aniello “Neil” Migliore, Matthew Madonna (Under Indictment), Joseph “Joey Dee” DiNapoli (Under Indictment)
  • Underboss: Steven “Stevie Wonder/Wonderboy/Herbie” Crea
  • Consigliere: Joseph “Joe C.” Caridi
  • New Jersey Faction Boss: Ralph Vito Perna (Under Indictment)
  • Estimated Membership: About 100 Made Members
  • Operates out of:

    • Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, New Jersey
    • Crews within the family:
      • Cutaia Crew
        • Brooklyn, Queens , Long Island
      • Jersey Crew
        • New Jersey
      • Tanglewood Boys
        • Westchester County, Bronx, Manhattan
  • Activities:
    • Narcotics, gambling, loan sharking, waste management, construction and extortion

Colombo Crime Family

  • Boss: Carmine “Junior/The Snake/Immortal” Persico (Life Imprisonment)
  • Acting Boss: Alphonse “Little Allie Boy/Allie Boy/The Kid” Persico (Life Imprisonment)
  • Street Boss: Andrew “Andy Mush” Russo (Jailed, Under Indictment)
  • Underboss: John “Sonny” Franzese (Jailed)
  • Acting Underboss: Benjamin “The Claw” Castellazzo (Jailed, Under Indictment)
  • Consigliere: Richard “Ritchie Nerves” Fusco (Jailed, Under Indictment)
  • Estimated Membership: About 100 Made Members

Operates out of :

  • Brooklyn, Queens, Long Island
    • Crew within family:
      • Garfield Boys
        • South Brooklyn
    • Activities:
      • Narcotics, gambling, loan-sharking, cigarette smuggling, pornography, counterfeiting, hijacking, fraud, stock fraud

**Note: The Five Families refers to the five major Italian-American Mafia families that have dominated  New York City’s underworld since 1930. The Five Mafia Families of New York remain as the main powerhouse of the Sicilian Mafia in the United States.

~Stephano Vincenzo

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