Five Families

The Five Families

The Five Families is the group of organized crime families operating out of New York City.

This Italian-American Mafia organization includes the Genovese, Gambino, Bonanno, Colombo and Lucchese families. Button Guys has also included the DeCavalcante family of New Jersey usually isn't included in the Five Families grouping, but Button Guys has included them under this umbrella.

The bosses of these six crime families as well as other mob bosses throughout the country were part of what is known as The Commission. The Commission as we know it is a blended underworld of all Italian factions from mainland Italy as well as Sicily that came into existence in 1931.

Changing the rules to absorb other purebred Italians of Calabrian, Neapolitan, and other mainland Italians into their ranks, the Families were now one cohesive monolithic brotherhood, renamed — “Cosa Nostra” or “Our Thing”.

Here you'll find brief histories on each of the five families and the DeCavalcante Family of New Jersey as well as in-depth biographies about their well-known and little-known members and associates.

Genovese Family

Gambino Family

Carlo Gambino

Carlo Gambino was arguably the most powerful boss of the Five New York Crime Families. Quiet and unassuming, he was a force to be reckoned with.

Bonanno Family

Paul Sciacca

Paul Sciacca was a low-profile Bonanno mafioso who was catapulted to acting boss during the Family's volatile Banana War years.

Carmine Galante

Carmine Galante was one of the most powerful and feared of the Mafia bosses until he met his fate during a Bonanno power struggle.

Michael Adamo

Michael Adamo was once acting underboss of the Bonnano Family until he wasn't anymore because of an internal Family conflict.

Colombo Family

Joe Profaci

Joe Profaci was a Colombo Faimly boss who was one of the most business savvy and powerful Mafia members ever in the entire United States.

Lucchese Family

Tommy Lucchese

Tommy Lucchese was beloved by the rank and file of the Lucchese Family but had a reputation as a master corrupter and political “fixer.”

DeCavalcante Family

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After New Jersey boss Sam the Plumber DeCavalcante was convicted on federal gambling charges, he tapped John Riggi to act in his stead. Riggi helmed the DeCavalcante Family ship for nearly 35 years even while Gambino boss John Gotti sought to sink it.

Rusty Rastelli was the one-time mafia boss of the Bonanno Crime Family. Originally hailing from the gritty Greenpoint section of North Brooklyn, Rastelli would rise up from a common street hoodlum and gunman to eventually reach the very pinnacle of organized crime in New York City.

Ettore Zappi was a longtime capo and close friend and associate of Gambino Family boss Carlo Gambino. Zappi was involved in many mob rackets including labor unions, rib joints, drive-in movie theaters, and more.

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