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Wednesday, March 16, 2022

Murderous Boss of the Bonanno family posts $500k bail after violating his supervised release for meeting with Colombo family

 Michael Mancuso, the reputed boss of the Bonanno crime family.

The killer boss of the Bonanno crime family hid his face and refused to answer Daily News questions after he was released on a $500,000 bond Tuesday.

Federal prosecutors in Brooklyn accused Michael “The Nose” Mancuso, 67, of associating with members of organized crime, violating the terms of his supervised release, which came after served 15 years in prison for his role in the 2004 death of mob associate Randolph Pizzolo.

“Don’t you have something better to do?” asked a woman standing with Mancuso in a park across from the courthouse when a reporter with The News tried Tuesday to question the Bonanno head honcho.

“Go cure cancer,” she added.

Mancuso did not respond to questions and hid his face behind his black leather coat.

He was not much more loquacious in court, responding only “deny” when asked by Judge James Cho whether the allegations that he had associated with other members of La Cosa Nostra were true.

Mancuso got caught up twice in federal wiretaps related to a separate investigation of the Colombo crime family, which resulted in 14 arrests, a law enforcement source told The News.

The 67-year-old Bonanno skipper has been out of prison for nearly three years after serving his 15-year stretch for helping carry out former Bonanno boss Vincent Basciano’s order to kill Pizzolo, who had botched a construction project for Basciano.

The hit man who carried out the killing, Anthony "Ace" Aiello, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to a 30-year minimum term.

The feds say he twice violated the terms of his supervised release — in Aug. 2020 and again in June 2021 — by associating with organized crime figures.

Law enforcement officials filed a petition charging him with the violations on March 9, two days before his supervised release term was to expire.

Michael Mancuso, the reputed boss of the Bonanno crime family.
Michael Mancuso, the reputed boss of the Bonanno crime family.

Associating with organized crime — though it violates the terms of his supervised release — is nothing new for Mancuso. He was already running the Bonanno family while locked up with five years left on his federal sentence, sources told The News in 2013.

Mancuso also served a ten-year state sentence for fatally shooting his wife in The Bronx in 1984.

He sat in court during the hearing Tuesday with his arm around the woman who snapped at the reporter.

His wife and two daughters signed onto his bond.

Mancuso’s attorney, Stacey Richman, declined to comment.


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