The New York-based Genovese crime family has controlled the underworld in Springfield, MA since the days of Prohibition as reported by Stephanie Barry from The Republican:
When booze became illegal in 1919, Springfield's Carlo Sinischalchi was labeled "King of the Bootleggers" and moved from a cold-water flat in the city's South End to a bigger house and a lifestyle in which he was shuttled to work and outings in a chauffeur-driven limousine, historians say. However, his kingdom was less than a year old when he was shot and killed in that very Lincoln limousine, while waiting for his driver to bring him a cigar. His widow, Pasquelina Sinischalchi, inherited the business and married Antonio Miranda, a close ally of New York crime bosses Frank Costello and Vito Genovese. By all accounts, this marked the region's enduring allegiance and links with the Genovese clan, reputed to be the largest, most feared and tight-lipped of New York's five prevailing crime families.
Among those who lorded over the Springfield territory for the Genovese clan during the last several decades were Francesco "Skyball" Scibelli, Salvatore "Big Nose Sam" Cufari and Adolfo "Big Al" Bruno who engaged in the traditional rackets including sports betting, video poker, casino junkets, strip club and restaurant shakedowns, union corruption and labor racketeering. Of course, the underworld history in Springfield is replete with grisly murders for which the degenerate mobsters are famous.
Indeed, just last April onetime Genovese acting boss Arthur Nigro and Greek brothers Freddy and Ty Geas were convicted on racketeering charges for their roles in the 2003 rubout of Big Al in Springfield, and Stephanie Barry will take a look at the prosecution in tomorrow's edition of The Republican.
It's taken an entire century for the feds to sweep out the Genovese family from a little town like Springfield. At this rate it's going to take a millennium before the feds make a dent in the crime family's NYC operations.