Cosa Nostra News Exclusive
Former Genovese underboss Michele “Mickey Dimino” Generoso died this week, on November 24, of natural causes, a source informed Cosa Nostra News. (His funeral took place at Brooklyn's Peter C. Labella funeral home. )
|Barney Bellomo, left, and Mickey "Dimino"|
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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