Button Guys second installment about the Simone DeCavalcante Family’s New York operations focuses on their so-called “Queens Regime.”
Although they were, admittedly, a small “borgata” with their primary territory being centered around Elizabeth, New Jersey, for many decades the DeCavalcante Family also operated several satellite regimes in the States of New York and Connecticut. And by the late 1960s into the early 1970s, they had also expanded their underworld reach down to South Florida.
And as previously mentioned in our first installment, aside from a well-established Brooklyn regime, for many years, the DeCavalcantes also maintained a separate faction operating from Queens County.
The DeCavalcante Family’s Queens-based regime was centered around the Astoria and Long Island City neighborhoods in the northwest corner of the borough, located just underneath the 59th Street Bridge on the other side of the East River, across from Manhattan. This crew was originally headed by a very respected old-time mafioso, caporegime Giuseppe Lolordo.