The record bust last Thursday against 127 suspected mobsters left the Genovese family largely untouched -- hitting only thirteen alleged soldiers and associates -- which now makes it the top dog in town as reported by the New York Post:
"They remain a very powerful group," agreed Jack Garcia, a legendary FBI undercover agent who posed as moneyman Jack Falcone to infiltrate the Gambino family for three years beginning in 2002. The Gambinos have dropped to No. 2, he said. "In the Genovese family, you really don't have that many defectors. They're still very entrenched in the unions and construction industry," Garcia said.
Reputed Genovese soldier Stephen Deprio was charged last Thursday for allegedly running the family's rackets on the New Jersey waterfront "with leaders of the longshoremen's union in what authorities say was a decades-long plot to shake down dockworkers for thousands of dollars in annual tribute to the mob" as reported by Peter J. Sampson for The Record.
The Genovese family, known as the "ivy league" of the Mafia, was instrumental in developing New York City's gay nightlife scene, and in 1985 reputed capo Matthew "Matty the Horse" Ianniello was convicted with several associates for skimming profits out of several bars including the tranny bar Gilded Grape and the hustler bar Hay Market.