Alleged New York mafia boss shot, killed outside Staten Island home

Cheryl Sanders
March 14, 2019

The reputed head of New York's Gambino crime family, Frank Cali, has been killed outside his home, the city's police have told USA media.

Paramedics transported Cali to Staten Island University North hospital after responding to the home at 9:17 p.m.

No arrests have been made at this time.

Cali, who was known throughout his life as "Franky Boy", is the nephew-in-law of Sicilian mobster John Gambino and had close ties to the Sicilian Mafia family led by Salvatore Inzerillo.

Gotti then ran the Gambino family until he was convicted in 1992 of racketeering and five counts of murder. There were no arrests and the investigation is ongoing, the NYPD said.


The last mob boss to be shot to death in New York City was Paul Castellano, who was killed outside of Sparks Steakhouse in Manhattan in 1985.

John Gotti, who organised the hit, then took power at the helm of the Gambino family.

In 2008, Cali was arrested and charged with federal racketeering as part of Operation Old Bridge - a code name for the February 7 arrests in Italy and the USA that targeted the Gambino crime family.

Cali reportedly took over the Gambino crime family in 2015, according to a profile in Gang Land News.

Cali himself was jailed for 16 months for his connection to an extortion scheme surrounding an attempt to build a NASCAR track on Staten Island.


NY media say it is the first targeted killing of a mob boss in the city since 1985. The house is listed under the name of Rosaria Inzerillo.

He rose quickly through the ranks of organized crime, becoming a powerful capo before the age of 40, less than a decade after he became an inducted member, according to court papers.

The New York Times notes that Cali's murder came the same day Joseph Cammarano, thought to be the acting boss of the Bonanno crime family, was acquitted at trial.

In June 2008, Cali pleaded guilty to conspiring to extort money and was jailed in Brooklyn, before being released the following year.


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