Alleged Gambino Crime Boss Shot, Killed Outside Staten Island Home

Nellie Chapman
March 16, 2019

Media, including the New York Post, reported that Cali was shot at least six or seven times and also run over by a blue pickup truck driven by the shooter, citing unidentified police sources. He was rushed to Staten Island University Hospital North, where he was declared dead. Police are now investigating the matter and have yet to arrest anyone in connection.

Later that year, he pleaded guilty to extortion conspiracy related to the planned construction of a NASCAR speedway on Staten Island - a plan that eventually was scrapped.

The body of mafia crime boss Paul Castellano lies on a stretcher outside the Sparks Steak House in NY after he and his bodyguard were gunned down December 16, 1985. He died in prison in 2002.

Does a shocking murder mark the return of one of America's most powerful mafias?

Cali became the boss of the Gambino family in 2015 according to local media, taking over from Domenico Cefalù. He was sentenced to 16 months behind bars and was released in 2009.

He was assassinated outside Sparks Steakhouse in Manhattan in 1985.

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While it has been decades since a mafia boss was killed in NY, lower-level members have been attacked or killed in recent years.

But federal prosecutors held that Cali was involved in a number of other crime schemes, including operating illegal gambling machines in Brooklyn establishments and snatching profits from an annual Italian Feast festival in the borough.

Staten Island's affluent Todt Hill neighbourhood is renowned for its crime connections. During a bail hearing in February 2008, Assistant US Attorney Joey Lipton noted that "Cali is seen as a man of influence and power by organized crime members in Italy". "But I guess old habits die hard".

However, he says the recent murder "is turning all of those years on its head".

In October, Sylvester Zottola, 71, a reputed associate of the Bonanno crime family was shot and killed as he waited in his SUV to pick up an order at the drive-through window of a McDonald's in the Bronx. As prosecutors tried and failed to bring him down, he came to be called the Teflon Don.

He then allegedly returned to the scene of the crime hours later to grieve with the older man's family.

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