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.