New Jersey LCN Family

Dons (Bosses)

Gaspare D'Amico
Gaspare D'Amico is the name that creeps up with New Jersey's early Blackhand influence. Very little is known with the exception of his retirement in 1937. He appears to have little recognition.

Stefano Badami
Stefano Badami is credited with being the genuine article for New Jersey. He operated in Newark and Trenton. His underboss was Sam Monaco, whose body washed up on Newark Bay in September 1931. In 1955 Badami was murdered, in what appears to be a power struggle and an attempt to consolidate the crime family.

Filippo "Phil" Amari

(1964-mid 1970s) - (1955-1957)
Phil Amari was a well known figure to local law enforcement in Newark and New York. Identified by the Bureau of Narcotics as being a dope peddler and racketeer. Evidence later released suggests that his short time at the top was due to rebllious factions operating underneath him.

Nicholas Delmore
Nicholas Delmore became boss of the New Jersey syndicate. A small criminal legion that was represented at the Apalachin mob summit of November 1957 by their respective underbosses. Old age and problems with law enforcement caused Delmore to step down. He left the rackets to his nephew Sam DeCavalcante.

Simone "Sam the Plumber" DeCavalcante
(1964-mid 1970s)
Sam DeCavalcante emerged to become a powerful criminal. He first set up a series of meetings to establish his crime family's territory in the Garden State. New Jersey had long been entrenched by the five crime families of New York and Philadelphia. He operated crews in Princeton, Newark and Trenton, all the while using his plumbing business as a front.

An old fashioned syndicate member, DeCavalcante's status in the underworld was often used to mediate desputes involving other crime families. Respected, DeCavalcante quietly amassed a fortune from labor racketeering, narcotics trafficking, loansharking and gambling. A well dressed mobster, he stated the virtues of marriages and family, despite having a few girlfriends on the side.

The FBI managed to bug his operations from 1961-1965 and amassed an incredible amount information regarding other crime families. He unkowlingly informed that Gambino LCN Family underboss Joe Biondo had been demoted to soldier and replaced by Neil Dellacroce, over a dispute involving a garbage dump. He also explained the hierarchy of several crime families.

Following the exposure of the tapes, DeCavalcante was convicted of extortion. Alongside him was an up and coming New Jersey mobster Gaetano "Corky" Vastola, who actually would experience a sentence reduction, causing him to be mislabeled as an informant the rest of his criminal career. DeCavalcante would spend the remaining 1970s in prison and allow John Riggi to operate the crime family's affairs.

As the 1980s ushered in, a released DeCavalcante sought refuge in Florida and was said to have made attempts to lobby the state legislation for legalizing gambling. Voters turned down the ballot. He died in Florida, quietly living on the east coast, in 1997. He was 84 years old.

Giovanni "The Eagle" Riggi
(mid 1970s-present)
Giovanni Riggi, known as John, filled in as acting boss upon DeCavalcante's extortion conviction in 1970s. The actual time isn't clear regarding his official recognition as boss. By 1980, with DeCavalcante in retirement, Riggi was seen as boss of the Garden State and recognized by all.

Riggi was the son of a New Jersey mobster. While the 1980s didn't prove nearly as fruitful for the New Jersey crew, they did experience a rebirth in the 1990s and were seen as a serious power. Riggi was often spotted at many meetings held with John Gotti at the Ravenite Social Club in Manhattan's Little Italy.While there, with the FBI listening, Riggi acted the role of a subservent dog. Gotti commanded Riggi to murder New Jersey capo Corky Vastola. For all intents and purposes, Riggi just gave the appearance of hatching the plot, Vastola had been a top earner in the New Jersey crime family and Gotti would later be convicted for the Vastola murder conspiracy.

Riggi had served as Business Manager of LIUNA Local 394 of Elizabeth, NJ from the mid 1960s to 1989. He would be indicted for labor racketeering and caused for his retirement. The following year he would be convicted and sentenced to 15 years, with a projected release date of June 2004. He would continue to influence the Local through his son in law and fellow union member, Sean Richard. This control continued until 2000 when Richard and Riggi's daughter seperated, causing Richard to go on the run and later becoming a government informant.

While in prison the New Jersey crime family acted through a series of acting bosses and panels. One panel member, Frank Lassaro, who had previously been the crime family's underbosss, dissapeared in 1991. The crime family experienced a rebirth and increased their rank and file. In 2000 Riggi and a host of other high ranking members were indicted for RICO Act violations. Charges ranged from murder, conspiracy, extortion, labor racketeering, loansharking and gambling. Riggi, who is currently at a Federal Prison Medical Facility in North Carolina, stands trial and if convicted, he will never leave prison alive. Today the New Jersey syndicate, which now boasts for being the protype for the HBO hit series "The Sopranos, rises above the ashes and is quickly slapped back down. A pattern which continues to this day.

Gaetano "Corky" Vastola
(Acting Boss)
Gaetano "Corky" Vastola is without a doubt one of the toughest Northeastern mobsters to ever emerge. An earner, who had ties to the record industry, labor unions, loansharking, illegal gambling and an impressive legal business portfolio.

Vastola would be convicted with Sam DeCavalcante in the early 1970s but won an appeal and an eventual dismissal. Later subsequent attempts brought very little in the way of prosecution. This caused him to be labeled a "rat" by some, most particularly by John Gotti of the Gambino crime family.

In 1985 he would deliver a punch heard throughout the underground, when he decked cutout record distributor John LaMonte of Philadelphia and attempted to extort his business. The punch, just one, broke the businessman's jaw and nearly killed him. In 1990 he was convicted of assault and extortion, receiving an nine year sentence and was released in 1998. While in trial Gotti and his underboss Sammy Gravano planned for his murder. Gotti would later be convicted of this conspiracy. Vastola was thought to have served as acting boss following Riggi's conviction and appears now to be semi-retired.

John "Johnny Boy" D'Amato
(Acting Boss)
Johnny D'Amato would step in to fill the role as acting boss following the sentencing of Vastola in 1991. The Elizabeth, New Jersey mobster derived power from such individuals as "Charlie Ears" Majuri and Vinny Palermo. D'Amato was murdered by a conspiracy led by capo Vinny Palermo, consigliere Stefano Vitabile, capo Anthony Rotondo and soldier Anthony Capo. Rumors have since circulated that D'Amato's girlfriend claimed he was gay and swinging. However D'Amato borrowed heavily from several of the New York crime families, ultimately crying poor mouth and appearing to live well. It was a matter of time. In late 1992 this former Ravenite Social Club regular and John Gotti pal was found murdered.

Giacomo "Jake" Amari
(Acting Boss) (1992-1994)
 Following the murder of acting boss Johnny D'Amato, the imprisoned John Riggi let it be known that Giacomo 'Jake' Amari should be the next to fill the spot. Amari had family ties that dated back to the 1930s with respect to New Jersey underworld. He was the owner of AMI Construction of Elizabeth, NJ. He was also a member of labor union LIUNA Local 394 along with Riggi's son Manny. 
A highlight of sorts occurred during Amari's time at the top. Amari along with longtime consigliere Stefano Vitabile were summoned to a Manhattan hotel by representatives of the five New York metro crime families. After nearly two decades a DeCavalcante soldier (Danny Annunziata) had chatted with a New York wiseguy and told him when they make or induct a new member such tokens as a burning saint card were never used. This breach in protocol went all the way back to Sam DeCavalcante when he decided such items were not necessary.

 The Manhattan top bosses also were infuriated when they learned of several Manhattan wiseguys that had been made into the crime family without being approved by the other crime families. Following being read the riot act, where it was said that Amari and Vitabile remained silent, the New Jersey crime family went through an embarrassing moment of having to 'remake' a gaggle of gangsters.
In an eery similarity Amari's eventual outcome would be displayed on the small screen. On the HBO hit series The Sopranos the boss of a fictional crime family, the character of Jackie Aprile, dies of stomach cancer. Jake Amari had been diagnosed with the same. In 1994 he stepped back from day to day affairs and installed a three member panel consisting of Vincent Palermo (street boss for the New York faction), Jimmy Palermo as the official underboss and Charles Majuri (street bos for the New Jersey faction). Vitabile would remain as consigliere. Amari would die of cancer in 1997.

Vincent "Vinny Ocean" Palermo
(Acting Boss) (1994-2000)
Vinny Palermo served as a leader for a three mobster panel consisting of himself, Girolamo Palermo, consigliere Stefano Vitabile and later capo Charlie Majuri. Palermo was an unbelievable earner, loansharking, sports betting, ghost job rackets, labor racketeering, a Queens based strip club, ties with Penthouse publisher Bob Guccione and garbage hauling, were all parts of his portfolio. Originally married to a niece of Sam DeCavalcante, which gave him intro into the inner circle of "The Plumber", he was allegedly "made" as a soldier in 1965. Following an indictment in 1999, he thought otherwise and ended his 35 year affiliation with the New Jersey underworld, becoming a government witness in late 2000.


Frank "Fat Frank" Majuri
(Underboss) (1955-1957)
 By the time Frank Majuri was promoted to underboss under syndicate leader Phil Amari he was already considered the street boss for Elizabeth. Apparently Majuri made a name for himself shaking down Italian immigrants then later had a influential hand in illegal gambling. In November 1957 Majuri and his eventual replacement Louie LaRasso were identified as attending the ill fated Apalachin mob summit. By 1957 Amari's reign had been plagued by inner fighting and he had sought refuge in Italy leaving Majuri and LaRasso to represent the New Jersey crime family. Upon the recognition of Nick Delmore as the new kingpin Majuri was demoted back to the rank of capo. Majuri then would go on to school his son Charlie for his future role in the syndicate.

Louis "Fat Louie" Larasso

  Louis LaRasso represented the crime family's Newark criminal interest. Following the promotion of Nick Delmore as boss underboss Frank Majuri was demoted and LaRasso was elevated to second in command. The demotion and promotion was thought not to have caused a rift between LaRasso and Majuri as the two were credited with expanding the New Jersey crime family's influence across the Hudson river into Manhattan and Brooklyn. By some estimates the New Jersey crew had doubled in size to relative made members.

  LaRasso was a prominent member of Building Laborer's Union Local 394 of Elizabeth. The relationship between the DeCavalcante criminal network and the union would be both historical and profitable. Nearly 40 years later prosecutors would prove that the New Jersey syndicate regularly used the local as means of extortion and kickback scams.

  LaRasso remained underboss when Sam DeCavalcante was pegged to be boss by his uncle Nick Delmore in 1964. DeCavalcante would also bring back Frank Majuri into the fold as consigliere. Just prior to being sent away to prison along with his crime boss Louie LaRasso was called upon to do a piece of work. In 1965 Brooklyn mob boss Carlo Gambino was fuming when Genovese family mobster Joseph 'Joey Surprise' Feola had managed to snag a profitable garbage route from Gambino. LaRasso was able to lure Feola to a garage where he reportedly strangled Feola to death and buried his body. Feola's corpse never materialized and no one was ever charged. Afterwards LaRasso reported to legendary Gambino capo and garbage rackets boss Jimmy Failla that the job had been done.

  After the hit LaRasso was in regular company with DeCavalcante but neither of them knew of the FBI hidden recorders that would tape their conversations for the next several years. DeCavalcante, LaRasso and a host of others were indicted for a litany of conspiracy charges. LaRasso himself was thought to have been overseeing a gambling racket that boasted $20 million in profits.

  Both DeCavalcante and LaRasso were indicted and found guilty of obstucting justice and conspiracy. LaRasso began serving his time in 1969 and by 1976 was released with DeCavalcante. Before the mob boss went to prison he was thought to have appointed longtime New Jersey mobster John Riggi to run the show. Allegedly Riggi and LaRasso were rivals. Following his release LaRasso was told to stand back and be happy as a capo in the crime family.

  When John Riggi was convicted for labor racketeering in 1990 LaRasso was thought to attempted to put out feelers for a regime change and more than likely saw himself at the top or at least as underboss. Unfortunately he underestimated the loyalty of consigliere Stefano Vitabile to Riggi. In the summer of 1991 LaRasso failed to show up for his 65th birthday party and hasn't been seen since.

  Nearly a decade later the crime family's acting boss and quite possibly their biggest earner Vincent 'Vinny Oceans' Parlermo would turn and become a federal witness. He stated that he was given the contract to terminate LaRasso's attempts and all the participants are now in prison.

Vincent "Jimmy" Rotondo
(Underboss) (1982-1988)
 In January 1988 the bullet riddled corpse of Vincent 'Jimmy' Rotondo was found behind the wheel of a brand new Lincoln Continental and covered with rotting fish. The car was parked in front of his Brooklyn residence. The gangster once known as 'Jimmy The Gent' had met a brutal end. Upon the official recognition of John Riggi becoming the boss of the New Jersey DeCavalcante crime family, Vincent Rotondo was tapped to be his second in command and for good reason. For several decades made soldiers and top level associates on record with the crime family had been operating and living in the Manhattan metro area. Rotondo was one of these criminal operators and would command the 'other side' of the crime family. A close confidant of longtime New Jersey mobster Corky Vastola, the duo had been paired together for well over two decades, Rotondo was considered a no non sense type of mobster. Additionally he held influence over the Brooklyn waterfont and was identified as an 'organizer' of Local 1814 of the Longshoreman's Union (ILA).

 There is little doubt that Riggi approved of Rotondo's murder. Law enforcement speculated that Rotondo had introduced a criminal associate to several other DeCavalcante crime family members who later turned out to be a government informant. The allegiance between the New Jersey crime family and the Gambino criminal organization dated back to the at least the 1950s. Then Gambino crime boss John Gotti also had a long running hatred for Vastola. At Rotondo's wake Gotti intervened and stated that no war was to erupt. Rotondo's son Anthony would, after graduating from college, following in father's footsteps. Jimmy Rotondo pled and advised his son to go to law school instead but finally caved in and introduced him to the criminal life. Anthony Rotondo, whether it was for the ill gotten gains or revenge for his father worked his way up to the rank of caporegime, a spot he earned by pulling violent home invasion robberies and pure brute force, with designs of becoming a boss. Anthony Rotondo would not meet the same fate as his father and bowed out of the criminal life

Girolamo "Jimmy Dumps" Palermo

  It was thought that following the murder of Jimmy Rotondo in 1988 that Jimmy Palermo became the official underboss or at least shared the role with Jake Amari. With the conviction of Riggi in 1991 Gaetano Vastola and later Amari would become the acting head of the crime family.

  Oddly enough John Riggi had no qualms about elevating Palermo to run the remnants of his crime family. Back in September 1960 Palermo shot mobster Alphonso 'Zeeny' Colicchio to death. Coliccho was the owner of an Elizabeth tavern. Apparently mob boss Nick Delmore called for his life. The twist? Colicchio was John Riggi's brother in law. In the late 1970s Riggi reportedly welcomed Palermo in the crime family with open arms when he became an inducted member.

  In 1989 Palermo went on trial with Riggi for looting Local 394 Union International Association of Laborers and Hod Carriers. While Riggi was slammed with a guilty verdict and a subsequent 15 year sentence, Palermo was acquitted.

  With Riggi away, Jake Amari's death and later the murder of acting boss John D'Amato, Palermo along with Vinny Palermo (no relation), consigliere Stefano Vitabile and Newark street boss Charlie Majuri ran the crime family's operations panel styled. While the crime family was thought to have eventually risen to their previous glory days they would also be slammed down with federal indictments.

  Vinny Palermo was the first to jump ship and cooperate with authorities in 2000. Charlie Majuri was an early 'casualty' as he was found guilty of labor racketeering and loansharking and won't be out on the streets until April 2009. Prior to his conviction Majuri had run afoul and was originally slated for murder.

  Vitabile and Palermo regroup with capo Giuseppe 'Pino' Schifilliti to attempt to manage the criminal operations. Both Vitabile and Schifilliti would be found guilty of murder and racketeering and handed life sentences. Palermo still awaits trial and at the close of 2007 was under house arrest.


Frank "Fat Frank" Majuri

  Born in 1909, Frank Majuri along with Lou LaRasso attended the 1957 mob summit of sorts in Apalachin, NY. Majuri was originally the underboss to New Jersey mob boss Phil Amari, after being demoted by Nick Delmore to the rank of capo, Sam DeCavalcante realized he could make a potential ally when he elevated Majuri to consigliere. Majuri controlled the crime family's Newark rackets.

  Majuri was said to be loyal but not too attached to the Elizabeth faction of the crime family where DeCavalcante operated from. During the 1970s his main focus was preparing his son Charlie to take over the helm as well as making sure the Newark interest operated smoothly.

  Following the imprisonment of DeCavalcante during the early-mid 1970s Majuri continued to operate in the same capacity for acting boss John Riggi. By the late 1970s with DeCavalcante retired, Riggi had placed Stefano Vitabile as acting consigliere and by 1979 Majuri had stepped down from his role. Ill health would plague him his last few years as he oversaw his son become promoted to capo over his Newark interests. Frank Majuri died in 1983.

Fran D'Amato

(Acting Consigliere)

  We here can't fathom why Frank D'Amato would accept an elevation to acting consigliere after the same mob family you have been a part of since the 1980s murdered your brother. However in the case of Frank D'Amato, younger brother to slain acting boss Johnny Boy, he did just that and is now sitting behind bars.

  D'Amato worked as a soldier in the family and primarily engaged in assaulting and loansharking. In 2002 crime family consigliere Stefano Vitabile, the final say that determined Johnny Boy D'Amato's mortality, was indicted in what would ultimately result in a life sentence. Frank D'Amato received a promotion of sorts when he was bumped up to the acting consigliere.

  Frank D'Amato is best known for being one of the few made men of cosa nostra to attend the 2002 funeral of legendary Gambino crime boss John Gotti. Because Gotti had ordered the murder of then crime boss Paul Castellano in 1985 without formal approval and because he loved the limelight, which brought the New York City mob more heat than a stolen pistol; wiseguys of any rank from the five crime families were ordered not to attend. This allowed law enforcement, who expected a big turnout, to count the number of made cosa nostra members and high ranking connected associates with just a few fingers.

  Slammed by testimony from the mobsters that agreed his brother must die that later became witnesses for federal prosecutors, D'Amato was handed an 8-10 year sentence. He wont be back on the streets of Elizabeth or Newark until May 2012.

Stefano "Steve the truck driver" Vitabile

  Stefano Vitabile, born in 1935, came up through the ranks of the New Jersey crime family through his capo John Riggi. When the latter became acting boss he eventually installed Vitabile as consigliere in around 1979. The Elizabeth gangster was a quiet operator and became involved in the construction business.

  As Riggi was sent away for racketeering in 1991 and a series of acting bosses came and went; Vitabile's role became increasingly important. However by all accounts he shunned New York and the attention it may have brought him and preferred to stay on his side of the Hudson River.

  When boss John Riggi was sent away for 15 years in 1991 Vitabile's profile was raised. He would sit alongside several acting bosses. In 1991 he gave the thumbs up to make former underboss Lou LaRasso vanish. When acting boss Johnny D'Amato's girlfriend revealed to mob soldier Anthony Capo that she had witnessed him engaged in a homeosexual act; Stefano Vitabile gave the order to have D'Amato killed. When the ruling panel decided to eliminate Charlie Marjuri, Vitabile gave his approval. The Marjuri hit never materialized.

  Vitabile has been described as 'an old style Sicilian mafioso'. He proved that to be true when he watched fellow gangland leader Vinny Palermo testify against him. Vitabile, capos Pino Schifilliti and Phil Abramo received life sentences in 2006. As of June 2008 Vitabile is serving life at the federal prison in Allenwood, PA.

Capiregime (Captains)

Charles "Fat Charlie", "Charlie Ears" Majuri
Charlie Majuri, son of one time underboss Frank Majuri, has become a powerful figure in the garden state underworld. Representing the "New Jersey wing" of the crime family, Majuri has been spent time in prison for assault and gambling. A long time dabbler in labor racketeering and known to be particularly tough, he was originally slotted to be murdered in the mid 1990s following the rise of Vinny Palermo as acting boss, he was given a pass. In 2000 officials crossed the Hudson River picking up Majuri and nearly the whole New Jersey crime family with a scorching indictment, which included charges for extortion, loansharking and murder. Majuri is out and is expected to go to trial in 2003.

Giuseppe "Pino" Schifilliti
Giuseppe "Pino" Schifilliti is a New Jersey capo who has been described as holding the rank of caporegime since "the 1980s". Prior to 1997 he worked for LIUNA Local 1030, at which time he was kicked out along with Charles DiMaria.

More recently, 2000, he was indicted with almost the entire DelCavalcante family for labor racketeering, extortion, murder, gambling and loansharking. DiMaria would later serve as a supervisor for Maztec Environmental, Inc of East Hanover. The same firm was awarded demolitions contracts in Atlantic City. More recently the Department of Gaming Enforcement for New Jersey has recommended this relationship to end based on the firm's ties with Schifilliti. It won't matter with former acting boss Vinnie Palermo, capo Anthony Rotundo and soldier Anthony Capo all agreeing to testify against the New Jersey heirarchy.

In 2003 he was convicted along with consigliere Stefano Vitabile of multiple racketeering charges ranging from murder to fraud. In 2006 he along with Vitabile were sentenced to life in prison.

Anthony Rotondo
(Late 1980s-2001)
"My father wanted to be a lawyer" former DeCavalcante caporegime Anthony Rotondo would tell a jury in November 2004 while testifying in the trial of Gambino heavyweight Peter Gotti. Rotondo would represent one of the most interesting gangland notables in quite some time and in the end was like so many of his era, he would testify against the syndicate in exchange for his freedom.

Anthony Rotondo was born into the mob. His father, Jimmy, was a DeCavalcante caporegime operating in his home turf of Brooklyn. In 1988 father Jimmy was gunned down in front of his home. It was payback for an insult he spatted out at Lucchese underboss Anthony Casso. Then Gambino boss John Gotti intervened at Rotondo's wake, informing DeCavalcante boss John Riggi that there would be no war and that the Jersey crime family would answer to the Gambino crime family. Later on Rotondo would testify that the DeCavalcante family had to reconduct their ceremony for 'making' official members. This was due to the fact that the New Jersey family had failed to follow proper protocol. Rotondo was one of a few who had to have their trigger finger pricked and again swore allegiance to Cosa Nostra.

While most 'made' guys never graduate high school, Rotondo was unique, he not only graduated from Nazareth HS and would later earn a bachelor's degree in business administration from St. Francis College in Brooklyn. He wouldn't need a college degree for the life he had chosen. Rotondo found himself promoted or 'upped' to the rank of caporegime. He oversaw a crew that engaged in a litany of criminal activities-arson, home invasion robberies, drug trafficking, illegal gambling, loansharking and labor racketeering. He was also linked to several murders and murder conspiracies. In 1999 Rotondo and others were recorded by the FBI stating the similiarities between their crew and the HBO hit series The Sopranos.

Following the defections of acting boss Vincent Palermo and soldier Anthony Capo, Rotondo joined his pals and became a cooperating witness in December 2001. He is currently testifying against alleged Gambino boss Peter Gotti.

Philip "Phil" Abramo
Phil Abramo represents the "New York" wing of the DeCavalcante LCN Family. A fast rising star, having served time for securities fraud, which is his speciality. Abramo operated from mid town Manhattan, where he controlled several brokerages, initial public offerings (IPO) and brought millions from white collar pump and dump schemes. In 2000 this legendary criminal figure, who has also been arrested as far south as Tampa, Florida, was reeled in with a long winded indictment. He was housed at the New York Metro Correctional Center, awaiting a federal trial for charges ranging for securites fraud, extortion and murder conspiracy.

In 2003 he was convicted along with consigliere Stefano Vitabile of multiple racketeering charges ranging from murder to fraud. In 2006 he along with Vitabile were sentenced to life in prison.

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