There's no doubt by staff writers John Marzulli, Thomas Zambito and Greg B. Smith from the Daily News that New York City's five Mafia families "are still alive, still armed and still dangerous" in the 21st Century, and they caution against buying into the myth that the mob is dead:
In reality, the mob somehow survives, transforming, changing, adapting to the new economies and technologies — sometimes a jump quicker than law enforcement. "As the economy goes, these guys go," said Michael Gaeta, supervisor of the New York FBI's organized crime unit. "Despite our attacks, they've managed to adapt." Strategically, law enforcement sources say, the mob is closer to its roots, returning to the shadows, avoiding the public walk-talks that brought law enforcement to their door. They still reap ill-gotten gains from traditional sources. They still have some control over corrupt contractors and unions, and illegal gambling continues as a primary source of wealth. They've also diversified, crafting new scams befitting a new century.
The Daily News is running a three-day series examining the current state of affairs for each of the Big Apple's five Mafia families, and today Thomas Zambito takes a look at the Gambino crime family and Greg B. Smith sniffs around the Genovese crime family. And to bring folks up to speed the Daily News today also provides a timeline of significant mob events spanning from September 10, 1931 (Charles "Lucky" Luciano established the so-called Mafia Commission by which the five families govern themselves) to July 20, 2004 (the Bonanno's Joseph Massino is convicted and becomes the first sitting mob boss to sing).