Two gunmen from the Camorra or Neapolitan Mafia whacked an innocent 75-year-old man in a tragic case of mistaken identity as reported by Josephine McKenna for The Telegraph: "he is the 30th innocent victim to have been killed by mistake by Naples' notoriously violent Camorra in the past 25 years and his murder has provoked fresh debate about the power of the mafia and need for greater security on the streets."
Astornio was commenting upon a New York Times investigation which disclosed Cuomo's office had muscled an anti-corruption panel to prevent it from investigating the Governor's campaign contributors or special interests:
Astorino used the mafia comparison to mock Cuomo's argument that his administration only gave "advice" the Moreland Commission and did not interfere with its investigations or take away any of its independence. "To suggest that he was suggesting to the commission members where they should go with an investigation is like a mafia boss coming forward and saying that he wants to make a suggestion, an offer you can't refuse," Astorino said "That clearly is intimidation and that’s what he and his staff did."
If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, then it's probably a duck.
Earlier this year Cuomo abruptly shut down the Moreland Commission which had been impaneled to investigate political corruption in the Empire State, and apparently from the beginning had "deeply compromised the panel's work, objecting whenever the commission focused on groups with ties to Mr. Cuomo or on issues that might reflect poorly on him" as reported by The New York Times. Federal prosecutors now "are investigating the roles of Mr. Cuomo and his aides in the panel's shutdown and are pursuing its unfinished business."
A superseding indictment expands criminal charges against California state Senator Leland Yee "to include racketeering, alleging Yee attempted to extort campaign contributions from an NFL team owner and supporters of mixed martial arts" as reported by Patrick McGreevy for the Los Angeles Times: "Yee, a San Francisco lawmaker, was arrested in March and charged with accepting $62,000 in campaign contributions in return for favors, and offering to arrange the sale of machine guns and shoulder-fired missiles to an undercover FBI agent posing as a mob figure."
Notorious street gangs such as MS-13 are recruiting new members from the warehouse facilities where President Obama hoards his unaccompanied minors from Central America who illegally crossed into the United States over the unsecured border according to Homeland Security as reported by the Daily Mail: "ironically, many immigrants flooding across the southern border of the U.S. say they're fleeing violent gangs in Central America." Apprently, these illegal immigrants have jumped out of the frying pan into the fire. Welcome to America, kids.
The new book Boston Mob: The Rise and Fall of the New England Mob and Its Most Notorious Killer by Marc Songini tells the violent story about mob-hitman-turned-government-witness Joe "the Animal" Barboza who was gunned down in 1976 in San Franciso for his betrayal against New England boss Raymond Patriarca as reviewed by Sherryl Connelly for the Daily News. Barboza once admitted that killing had a "very tranquilizing effect" on him, and after his death Barboza's one-time lawyer F. Lee Bailey said "with all due respect for my former client, I don't think society has suffered a great loss."