“The Nassau County Police Department continues to take a zero-tolerance approach to any member of the department involved in criminal activity,” said Commissioner Ryder.
The power of the city’s five legendary mafia clans began to wane in the 1980s and 1990s, as aggressive persecutions disrupted their leadership and authorities turned their grip on unions. The Bonanno family, in particular, saw a series of damaging convictions and apostasy in the 2000s. Even the family’s longtime boss began cooperating with authorities after being convicted in 2004 of a string of murders.
The families still exist, but with much less widespread control.
In recent years, they have been charged with similar forms of organized crime – extortion, illegal gambling, fraud – in minor cases involving a few defendants and large-scale conspiracy cases. For example, in 2016, 46 members of a crime network that included four of the city’s mafia families — including the Genoveses and Bonannos — were charged with an extortion scheme stretching from Massachusetts to South Florida and involving racketeering, health care fraud and arson.
In the Brooklyn case, the Genovese and Bonanno crime families began running Long Island’s coffee shop — the Gran Caffe in the Lynbrook area — around May 2012, according to the charges.
Members of the two clans agreed on a profit sharing for the gambling facility, and each helped keep the operation going: senior members of both families “relied on their subordinates” to collect the winnings and hand over money in “clandestine gatherings,” prosecutors said. said.
The pattern was similar at the other companies, including Sal’s Shoe Repair in Merrick, NY, and La Nazionale Soccer Club in the Glendale section of Queens. Prosecutors said the evidence in the case includes recordings of wiretapped telephone conversations, accounts of various witnesses and a host of other evidence.