The City of Schenectady
In nearby Schenectady, which has a population of approximately 65,000, there was rampant illegal gambling dating back to the 1920s era and many professional gamblers and gambling rings soon sprung up to quench the public’s thirst for betting the ponies and sports games, or to throw dice behind closed doors.
Among the most prominent of these ‘professional’ gamblers was a top bookmaker named Paul (Legs) Di Cocco and his brother Duilio (Jake) Di Cocco. In fact, if there was an ‘unofficial’ gambling boss or single leading ‘light’ in Schenectady’s underworld, Legs Di Cocco would arguably have been that man.
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