Reputed boss of Gambino crime family shot dead in NY
Mar 15 2019
At the time, it was said that Cali and others allegedly arranged, through force and threat of force, to receive cash payments from someone who had worked on the project.
"There are no arrests and the investigation is ongoing", a statement said.
The Gambino criminal organisation is one of the "Five Families" of organised crime in NY, alongside the Bonanno, Colombo, Genovese and Lucchese families. In 2002, Gotti died in prison after testimony from his underboss "Sammy the Bull" Gravano, who turned federal witness.
According to local media in New York, Cali took the helm of the family in 2015, replacing Domenico Cefalu.
The Gambino family is one of five mafia families that have always been seen as running Italian-American organized crime syndicates in NY.
"Cali is seen as a man of influence and power by organised crime members in Italy", US assistant attorney Joey Lipton told the court, the New York Daily News reported at the time.
Citing a source in NY law enforcement, the outlet reports that Cali was respected for his personal family ties to Italy, his traditional Mafia values and his low-profile style - a contrast to the flamboyant decades under John "The Teflon Don" Gotti, who irked New York's other crime families by attracting scrutiny, and column inches, with murders and a series of splashy trials marked by witness intimidation and other tactics.
Unlike the well-dressed Gotti, Cali kept a low profile. But at the age of 89 - roughly five years after he was convicted and sentenced to life in prison for his role in 11 murders, Bulger was found dead in 2018 a West Virginia prison. In 1985, Paul Castellano was killed as he arrived at Sparks Steakhouse in Manhattan.
Last October, Sylvester Zottola, 71, reportedly of the Bonanno crime family, was gunned down at a McDonald's drive-thru in the Bronx.
Another law enforcement official confirmed to the outlet that the victim was a high-ranking member of the Gambino organized crime family and was believed to be the acting boss.
His only mob-related criminal conviction came a decade ago, when Cali pleaded guilty in an extortion conspiracy involving a failed attempt to build a NASCAR track on Staten Island.
Last October, 71-year-old Sylvester Zottola of the Bonanno family was shot dead while waiting in his vehicle for an order from a Bronx McDonald's.