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Age 97, Generoso was inducted when Charlie "Lucky" Luciano was a New York mob boss, yet he seems not to appear on a single piece of paper until 1997, when he was indicted in a major murder and racketeering case. He'd been active on the street until about two years ago, despite reports to the contrary, said our source. Generoso was waked in Brooklyn today privately and will be publicly waked tomorrow. The funeral is scheduled for Saturday. (He was buried on Staten Island's Resurrection Cemetery.)
The source, a Queens-based former mobster, also provided an update on the New York Mafia, stating that the Commission, erroneously declared defunct by newspaper reports beginning in the late 1990s, was effectively abolished in recent years. Still, the crime families "have their way of doing things." Three of the New York families (the Genovese, Gambino and Lucheses) are up and running; the Bonannos and Colombos are in disrepair.
"Mickey Dimino" played a key role in building the Genovese family into the powerhouse it's been for decades, or perhaps since the beginning. At one point the Jewish racketeers were formally made part of the Genovese family; many were placed under Generoso (as will be detailed in a follow-up story). Generoso was associated with many of the family's key members, including Anthony "Tough Tony" Federici, a powerful captain known today for owning the Corona, New York-based Parkside Restaurant.
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