Over the next several weeks, Button Guys will be presenting a series of hierarchy charts that recreates The Capitol District’s many underworld entities over the years, starting from the 1920s and 1930s period.
The most dominant “traditional” Italian Cosa Nostra Families that operated within its territory and seemed to exert a “spilt control” of sorts among themselves were the Magaddino, Barbara, and Genovese clans. But over the years, other Mafia networks such as the Bonanno and Colombo Families also nipped at the region’s coattails.
Some of these Mafia clans were represented by a single “soldier” or “associate” who happened to live and operate in that area. Other times, entire small groups or “crews” of hoodlums and gamblers flew the flag of whatever Mafia Family they happened to be affiliated with.
But there were many other hoodlums and gamblers that seemed to operate independently of any central authority or mob affiliations. As mentioned above , the area’s organized underworld was a patchwork of varied racketeers devoid of any one central command.
The second underworld gang we examine is that of Antonio (Tony) Bernardi who was the undisputed rackets boss in the City of Schenectady, New York for over three decades. Button Guys has created a hierarchy chart naming seventy of Bernardi’s most prominent crew members and closest criminal associates.