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Reputed mob leader killed in shooting at Dongan Hills home

14 March 2019, 12:31 | Devin Moran

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No arrests have been made.

Frank Cali, 53, was gunned down by a shooter in front of his house on Hilltop Terrace in the Todt Hill section at about 9:20 p.m., the sources said.

Cali was rushed to Staten Island University Hospital North and declared dead, the sources said.

Detectives stand over the body of reputed mob boss Paul Castellano, after his execution outside of Sparks Steakhouse on 46th St.in December 1985.

Gotti then ran the Gambino family until he was convicted in 1992 of racketeering and five counts of murder.

Francesco "Franky Boy" Cali is said to have taken over the running of the organisation from Domenico Cefalu in 2015.

After his release, the feds tried to bar him from meeting with members of the Sicilian Mafia, and demanded that he avoid contact with his uncle, Giovanni Gambino - the nephew of late boss Carlo Gambino, for whom the family was named - except at weddings or holiday celebrations approved in advance.

In 2012, Cali was identified as the new underboss of the Gambino crime family.




He served a 16-month sentence.

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 US that targeted the Gambino crime family.

It was a marked change from the Gotti era, which brought with its unnecessary attention and exposure.

During his reign, Cali was the backbone of the heroin and Oxycontin trade, according to The New York Post.

He also had close ties through marriage to the Inzerillo family in Palermo, Sicily, having married Rosaria Inzerillo, a sister of Pietro Inzerillo and a relative of Gambino associate Frank Inzerillo.

Unlike other mobsters, Cali had few run-ins with the law.

"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.

On June 4, 2008, Cali pleaded guilty to conspiring to extort money.



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