In 1936, Asaro was arrested for operating a 750 gallon still in W. Islip and again in 1952 for operating a still in North Babylon with seven other men including his brother Michael Asaro and a young Vincent (Jimmy Red) Caserta of the Genovese crew.
Giralamo (Jerry) Asaro was born in 1915 in Brooklyn. A longtime veteran Bonanno Family soldier, he resided for years on Sutter Ave. in East New York. Asaro was a multigenerational mafioso. His father, grandfather, and uncle before him had been members in the Castellammare del Golfo cosca where the family hailed from.