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Friday, July 29, 2011

Sicilian Wiseguy Domenico Cefalu becomes Boss of the Gambino crime family once ruled by Gottis


The new boss of the mob clan once ruled by the late John Gotti is Sicilian-born gangster Domenico Cefalu, an ex-con who lives with his mother.
Sources say Cefalu, 64, has taken the reins of the Gambino crime family - a move that marks a stunning break with the late John Gotti's infamous era.
"I think they picked a Sicilian because they're tired of the old, fat, lazy American Italians who turn into rats," said a law enforcement source.
Cefalu's ascension, first reported by the Gang Land News website, comes at a sensitive time for the crime family - but even more so for the convicted felon. Two fellow gangsters on the family's ruling panel - Bartolomeo "Baboots" Vernace and Daniel Marino - are in jail, leaving Cefalu as the lone made man standing.
Cefalu is also still on supervised release for a 2008 extortion conviction and was warned at his sentencing by Federal Judge Jack Weinstein not to associate with any mobsters.
Cefalu is a low-key wiseguy who couldn't be more different than the flamboyant Gotti.
He lives with his mother in Bensonhurst and says he's a salesman for a baking supply company. He's also served time for a heroin conviction and for refusing to answer questions before a grand jury about his then-captain Pasquale Conte.
Lewis Kasman, the late Gotti's so-called "adopted son," disputed the opinions of law enforcement experts who say Gotti hated Sicilian mobsters.
"I think John was not a fan of [Cefalu] because of his involvement with narcotics," Kasman told the Daily News.
"John always said the Sicilians did the best work."


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