They needed a name, a person who, by and large, was “clean” and a pillar of his community who could rightfully claim to have been wrongly vilified by their news article. Joseph Cerrito was THAT person! Cerrito had never before been publicly identified as a mafia member or racketeer. He had no prior police record per se.
The first boss or “Representante” of the San Jose Family of Cosa Nostra was said to have been Onofrio Sciortino. He formulated this small borgata many years after the original formation of the national Commission in 1931 by New York City boss Salvatore (Charlie Lucky Luciano) Lucania and the other original mafia leaders from across the nation.
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