When Franzese was jailed for 50 years for federal bank robbery conspiracy in 1970, Brancato took control of the regime – a very large crew active in Brooklyn, Queens, and Long Island.
Joseph (Little Joey) Brancato – aka “Peg-Leg Joey” – was born on February 12, 1917, in the Greenpoint-Williamsburg section of North Brooklyn. By the early 1950s, he had relocated with his wife and kids to nearby 61-26 75th Place in Middle Village, Queens.
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