Gambino Family Picks New Godfather
DNA Info: 'Franky Boy' Cali is taking over as crime boss
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 25, 2013 2:47 PM CDT
'Franky Boy' Cali is second from left in these mugshot from Italian police. At far right is outgoing Gambino boss Domenico Cefalu.   (AP Photo/Italian Police, HO)

(Newser) – When news breaks that "Franky Boy" is taking over from "Greaseball," it can only mean one thing—the Gambino crime family is getting a new godfather. DNA Info reports that 48-year-old Francesco "Franky Boy" Cali will replace 76-year-old Domenico "Greaseball" Cefalu as boss of the nation's biggest mob family. In doing so, the New York native whose parents came over from Italy joins the ranks of former leaders such as John Gotti and Carlo Gambino.

Cali has an "old-school" style, writes Murray Weiss at DNA Info. He keeps a low profile and expects his subordinates—an estimated 750 of them—to do the same. But behind the scenes, "the family believes Cali is more dynamic and that Cefalu has become too laid back," says one police source. "And that's not what a money-making organization wants." While the mafia's influence in general has waned in the last decade or so, gambling, loansharking, and prostitution remain big money-makers.

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Jun 26, 2013 5:48 AM CDT
The most powerful crime families in NY or any place in the US have not been Italian for many years. What a racist.
Jun 25, 2013 11:54 PM CDT
Now he'll have to change his name to 'Frankie the Bullseye'
Jun 25, 2013 9:24 PM CDT
What? It's in the news. How Hollywood is that? I thought the Mafia was a secret organization and now they are on Newser, WTF?