The Gambino Crime Family

The Gambino crime family is one of the “Five Families” that controlled some organized crime based in New York City, New York, USA within the nationwide criminal phenomenon known familiarly as the Mafia (also known as La Cosa Nostra).

Impact of the Gambino crime family

The impact of organized crime is generally regarded as a global phenomenon, and the Italian Mafia in the United States is seen as having connections to other ethnic criminal organizations operating within the United States (including the Asian Triad, Russian Mafia, Albanian Organized Crime, Biker Gangs, etc.), to their counterparts in Sicily and southern Italy, as well as to other international criminal organizations including stolen car rings and drug cartels abroad.

The Gambino Crime Family has been connected to narcotics trafficking, labor racketteering, counterfeiting, loansharking and extortion, gambling, and automobile theft among other criminal operations that bring in hundreds of millions of dollars in profit each year, in addition to many legitimate enterprises over which they exercise control.

Law enforcement estimates that the Gambino family consists of approximately 200 members, and perhaps 800 associates, and operates in all five boroughs of New York City, and throughout the country especially in Hartford, Connecticut, Atlantic City and Newark, in New Jersey, Miami, Florida, Atlanta, Georgia, San Francisco, California, Los Angeles, California, Las Vegas, Nevada, Baltimore, Maryland.

History of the Gambino Crime Family

The Gambino family can be traced back to the Prohibition period under Alfred Mineo and Steve Ferrigno during the days of Joe “The Boss” Masseria. Allies of Masseria, Mineo and Ferrigno were killed in an ambush during the Castellammarese War in 1930 by gunmen Joe Profaci, Nick Capuzzi, Joe Valachi, and the hitman known only as Buster from Chicago.

On April 15, 1931, gangster Charles “Lucky” Luciano invited his boss Giuseppe “Joe the Boss” Masseria to lunch at Nuova Villa Tammaro in Coney Island, Brooklyn. Masseria ate well that day, ordering veal, linguini, and red wine, and after the meal he and his trusted lieutenant whiled away the afternoon playing cards. It was a welcome break for Masseria from the tensions of what would become known as the Castellammarese War.