THE NEWARK FAMILY.
We know a Cosa Nostra Family existed in Newark, because several sources tell us so. Bonanno , Gentile and Valachi all mention this, but very little else is known about the founding, membership or geographical layout of the Cosca. What we do know is that it was active during the 1920-30’s, and appeared to cover most of Northern New Jersey. There is some support for the belief that the Elizabeth faction was a separate Family at this time. But most researchers believe it was one organization, with its HQ in Newark. The first known Head of the Family was Stefano Badami, although as he only arrived in 1927, he was probably not the original founder. During the late 1920’s the Family were in conflict with a Neapolitan gang operating in Newark’s first ward, and headed by Ruggiero Boiardo. As they had the support of Joseph Masseria, NYC Mafia boss, Badami sought the help of Salvatore Maranzano, Masseria’s rival. Badami was forced to step down in 1931-2, for supporting the losing side in the “Castellammarese War”.
Gaspare D’Amico from Villabate, succeeded him and ruled until 1937. At that point he seems to have come into conflict with his fellow townsman Joseph Profaci, the Head of one of the 5 NYC Families. D’Amico survived an assassination attempt that killed his father, and fled the country. At this point the Commission decided to disband the Family, with the Elizabeth faction becoming an independent Family. The surviving members were allowed to join other Families, mostly in NYC. The Commission then proclaimed Newark, and most of Northern New Jersey, open territory, with the southern part allocated to the Philadelphia Family.
One of the problems with both Badami and D’Amico, was that they recruited only Sicilians into the Cosca. But they faced strong competion from non-Sicilian groups, even within Newark. As well as the Boiardo gang, there was a strong organization in the 5th ward headed by Abner "Longy" Zwillman. While elsewhere in the state, Guarino [Willie] Moretti led a affiliate group of the NYC Masseria Family, operating from Patterson. Within a few years several important New Jersey based non-Sicilians, like Boiardo, Catena,DeCarlo, ect., were inducted.
The following list is an attempt to identify the original members of the Newark Family, and show how they realigned to the new circumstances.
Accardo-Settimo [ Big Sam Accardi] -1902 Vita, Trapani - USA 1910's - Relatives - Joseph[Bro], F.Decavalcante[Unc] - Lived - Bloomfield - Capo - Record - from 1926 - Lucchese Family.
Accardo-Giuseppe [Joseph Accardi] - 1900 Vita, Trapani - USA 1921 -Relatives - Settimo [Bro], F.DeCavalcante[Unc] - Lived - Livingstone - Sol - Record - 1933 - Lucchese.
Amari-Filippo [Big Phil] - 1899 Ribera, Agrigento - USA 1921 - Lived - Raritan Township - Capo - No Record - Elizabeth Family.
Amoruso-Nicholas [Nick Delmore] - 1888 Nicosia, Sicily - USA 1898 - Lived- Long Branch - Sol - S.DeCavalcante [Nephew] - Elizabeth Family.
Badami-Stefano [Don Steve] - 1888 Corleone, Palermo, Sicily - USA 1927 - Lived - Orange - Head - No Record - Retired.
Battaglia-Camillo [Little Carmine] - 1896 Giuliana, Palermo - USA 1902 - Lived - Newark - Sol -No Record - Genovese Family.
Cammarata-Emanuele [Nello] - 1903 Villabate, Palermo - USA 1910 - Lived - W.Orange - Sol - Record - 1927 - Colombo Family.
Campisi-Pietro - 1876 Giuliana, Palermo - USA 1899 - Lived - Newark - Sol - Record - unkown - Retired.
Coletti-Giacomo [Jake] - 1900 Ribera, Agrigento - USA 1905 - Relatives - Joseph [Son] - Lived - ? - Sol - Elizabeth Family.
Corsentino-Carmelo - 1895 Ribera, Agrigento - USA 1913 - Lived - Elizabeth - Sol - Elizabeth Family.
D'Amico-Gaspare - 1886 Villabate, Palermo - USA 1913 - Lived - Newark - Head - Record - unknown - Fled / Retired.
DeCavalcante-Francesco - 1890 Monreale, Palermo - USA ? - Relatives - Simone [Son] - Lived - Trenton - Sol - Record- -unknown - Elizabeth Family.
Galletta-Pietro - 1896 Ribera, Agrigento - USA 1907 - Lived - NYC - Sol - Elizabeth Family.
Giallombardo-Pietro [Peter Lombardi] - 1886 ? - USA 1913 - Lived - Trenton - Sol - Record - 1932 - ?
Lombardino-Salvatore [Blubber] 1891 Ghibellina, Trapani - USA 1907 - Relatives - Andrew [Nephew] - Lived - Newark - Sol - Record 1909 - Colombo Family.
Monaco-Salvatore [Sam Monia] 1893 ? - USA 1905 - Lived ? - U/Boss - Killed 1931.
Paterno-Antonio [Bade Noste] 1893 Catania, Sicily - USA 1911 - Relations - Joseph [Son] - Lived - Newark - Sol - Gambino Family.
Pizzolato-Biagio [Penooks] - 1896 Vita, Trapani - USA 1912 - Lived - Newark - Relations - Vito [Bro] - Sol - Lucchese Family.
Riggi-Emmanuele - 1903 Ribera, Agrigento - USA 1907 - Relatives - John [Son] - Lived - Elizabeth - Sol - Elizabeth Family.
Russo-Luigi - 1892 ? - USA ? - Lived - Newark - Consig. - Killed 1931.
Bacino-Filippo [Tony Bello] - 1902 Ribera, Agrigento - USA 1923 - Elizabeth - Chicago Family.
Calandriello-Thomas - 1907 ? - Lived - Red Bank, Monmouth - ? - Source 1950 FBN Report.
Caternicchio-Salvatore - 1904 Ribera, Agrigento - USA ? - Elizabeth Family.
Cavalieri-Amedeo - 1886 Ragusa, Sicily - USA 1908 - Lived - Paterson - ? - Source 1950 FBN Report.
Chiri-Salvatore [Charles Cluco] - 1888 Villa Scalia, Palermo - USA 1908 - NYC [1910-20's] + NJ [1930-40's] - Genovese Family. May be "Tata Cherico" of the Gambino Family.
Colletta-Joseph [Colletti ?] - Lived - Newark - Salvatore ? -Source 1950 FBN Report.
Colletta-Salvatore [Colletti ?] - Lived -Newark - Joseph ? - Source 1950 FBN Report.
Forgione-Joseph - 1900 - Born + Lived in Newark - Sol - Genovese Family ? - Source 1950 FBN Report.
Genovese-Ralph - Lived - Newark -No other record - Source - 1950 FBN Report.
LaPadura-Angelo - 1891 San Cataldo, Sicily - USA 1905 - Lived - Garfield - Genovese Family - Source 1950 FBN Report.
LaRasso-Alfonso - 1890 Ribera, Agrigento - USA 1914 - Elizabeth Family.
Lombardino-Andrew - 1905 Born + Lived in Newark - Colombo / Genovese Family ? - Source 1950 FBN Report.
Leonardi-Giuseppe - ? - Lived Patterson - Possibly to Italy - Source 1950 FBN Report.
Licari-Joseph - ? - Lived - Trenton - ? - Source 1950 FBN Report.
Mangiaracina-Baldassare [Benjamin] - 1884 ? - USA ? - Colombo Family.
Palermo-Rocco - ? - Lived - Newark - ? - Source 1950 FBN Report.
Pamicci-Joseph - 1891 Lucca Sicula, Sicily - USA 1910 - Lived - Newark - ? - Source 1950 FBN Report.
Paterno-Thomas - ? - Lived - Newark - ? - Source 1950 FBN Report.
Russo-Michael [Valentino] - 1893 Cerda, Sicily - USA 1906 - Lived - Iselin, NJ - Lucchese Family ? - Source 1950 FBN Report.
A man called Vincenzo Troia, also named Lorenzo Salvatore + Elia Costanza, could have been a member of the Newark Family. Born in 1875 in S.G.Iato, Palermo, his various names show-up in Newark during the 1910-20's. However, he was most active in Rockford, Springfield and Madison in the 1920's. During the" Castellammarese War" he supported Maranzano, and relocated to Newark about early 1931. As Badami was also a Maranzano supporter, he could have been invited to join the Family. After Badami stepped down as Family Boss,Troia ignored the new leader D'Amico and tried to take-over the local lottery racket. In 1935 he, his son and bodyguard were all killed in his lottery office in Newark. One of his followers, Antonio Riela later joined the Bonanno Family.
The 1950 FBN Report.
The report was produced for the Kefauver Committee, by the Federal Bureau of Narcotics in 1950. The FBN, unlike the FBI, had been investigating the Mafia for a long time and had good information. The New Jersey list contained 42 names, all living and operating in NJ. Apart from those already listed above, the rest are discounted as Newark Family members for the reasons stated below.
Affiliated to the Philadelphia Family.
Nick Amato - Camden.
Phillip Attardi - Camden.
Felix Boccichio - Camden.
Bruno Dellia - Belina [listed as Bellia].
John DeTullio - Camden.
Frank Failla - Passaiac.
Passquale Massi - Camden.
James Profita - Passaic.
Marco Reginelli - Camden.
Non-Sicilian's + Masseria Associates.
Ruggerio Boiardo - Masseria ally.
Joseph Bongiorno - Moretti associate.
Angelo DeCarlo - Boiardo assoc.
George Gillette - Zwillman assoc.
Ernest Lazzara - Boiardo assoc.
Paul Lombardino - too young.
Guarino Moretti - Masseria member.
Antonio Sabio - Moretti assoc.
Carmine Sangiacomo - Zwillman assoc.
Charles Tourine - Boiardo assoc.
Paul Palmieri - a Buffalo member living in NJ.
Jalen[John] DeRobertis - Lived N.Bergen.
Charles Monchino - Lived Patterson.
Jolie Samaritana - no address.
No records to connect these to any Family.
Not on FBN Report.
Several possible associates of the Newark Family were later "made" into NYC Families after the Newark Family was disbanded. Listed below are some possibles : -