On December 30, 1960 the FBI's Newark field office submitted to Director J. Edgar Hoover a four-page memorandum concerning the so-called "Nicholas Delmore Group" out of New Jersey which later became the DeCavalcante crime family. The memo provides as follows:
NICHOLAS DELMORE GROUP
I. Characterization and Origin
Nicholas Delmore, whose true name is Nicholas (Nicolo) Amoruso, maintains he was born in San Francisco, California, September 23, 1888. The United States Immigration and Naturalization Service endeavored to deport him, claiming that he was born in Sicily. On October 3, 1955, United States District Judge Foreman at Trenton, New Jersey, declared Nicholas Delmore, then residing at 364 Westward Avenue, Long Branch, New Jersey, to be a native born citizen of the United States.
On September 19, 1930, during a raid by Federal Prohibition Agents on the Sunrise Brewery in Elizabeth, New Jersey, John G. Finiello, a Prohibition Agent, was shot and killed. It was alleged that Nicholas Delmore shot Finiello and a warrant was issued in Union County, New Jersey, charging him with murder. On June 19, 1931, Federal Grand Jury at Trenton, New Jersey, returned indictment, charging Delmore with assault upon a Prohibition Agent, willfully assaulting a Prohibition Agent in the execution of process. Delmore became a fugitive immediately after the shooting and surrendered himself and was placed under arrest on October 19, 1933, by the Union County authorities. His surrender took place after one of the main witnesses in the case had been shot and killed.
On November 28, 1933, Delmore was acquitted in Union County, New Jersey, and on February 1, 1934, he was also acquitted in Federal Court in Camden, New Jersey, for violation of the National Prohibition Act. During 1941 and 1942, it was reported that Delmore was operating as a gambler in and out of locations in the Elizabeth, New Jersey, area, and during that period, he was associated with others in the operation of Dill's Monkey Farm and had an interest in other establishments known as the Speedster which were both gambling operations. In 1947, he resided in Florida and was reported to be involved in gambling activity in the Miami area. For several years he has lived in the Long Branch, New Jersey, area and has been considered to be "retired" until the summer of 1958 when he again became personally active in the Elizabeth, New Jersey, area. He is presently reported to be involved in gambling and is reported to exhibit control in the operation of Local 394, Hod Carriers and Common Laborers Union, Elizabeth. He continues to reside in Long Branch, New Jersey.
[Redacted] Union County, [redacted] furnished information pertaining to the investigation of the murder of John De Biasa in that County in 1948.
During the above investigation, [redacted] was questioned. He furnished a statement indicating that he had previously worked for Nicholas Delmore in the operation of a "crap" game in Miami, Florida. At the time of the above investigation, he advised the officers that he was operating a "crap" game at Marlboro, New York, with Frank Majuri, who had gotten a $2500.00 bankroll from Nicholas Delmore.
II. AREA INFLUENCED
On August 26, 1958, Newark T-1 advised that Nicholas Delmore had recently moved back into the Elizabeth, New Jersey, area and had "taken over" all types of gambling in the New Jersey area. Informant advised that Delmore had used strong-arm tactics to cut into many of the operating horse parlors and numbers books. He had threatened to bring in inside help to bring some of the dissenters into line.
On October 6, 1959, Newark T-2 advised that Delmore and Joseph Stassi were engaged in numbers and horse booking activities in the Elizabeth, New Jersey, area, and advised he understood that some persons had been threatened with bodily harm if they did not cooperate with this group.
On September 24, 1959, Newark T-3 advised that he had learned from confidential sources that the Union County "mob" under Nicholas Delmore was considering joining up with an Essex County "Italian mob." The informant advised that he did not know which Essex County "Italian mob" was involved. Informant advised that he did not know the extent of Delmore's operation in Union County but understood that he was the "boss."
On September 29, 1959, Newark T-4 advised that he had learned through reliable sources that Nicholas Delmore and Joe Stassi have gained complete control of the gambling operations in Elizabeth, New Jersey, during the past several weeks. Informant advised that it was "common knowledge" among the gambling element in Elizabeth that this group had been guaranteed some protection from the Union County Prosecutor's Office.
On September 23, 1960, Newark T-2 advised that he had heard that Delmore's group had obtained financing from Jerry Catena of Newark who was one of their old associates in Union County during prohibition days.
III. ACTIVITY OF OPERATION
Delmore's background is in the gambling area and on December 6, 1960, Newark T-4 advised that in addition to the gambling activity being carried on in the Elizabeth, New Jersey, area, Delmore had recently taken over part of a floating crap game by investing in the financial end of it in Bayonne, New Jersey.
During the past two years, Delmore had been observed on numerous occasions meeting with members and officers of Local 394, Hod Carriers and Common Laborers Union, including Emmanuel Riggi, who on November 28, 1958, commenced serving a two-year sentence for extortion from a contractor in connection with his job as Business Agent of the above local. [Name redacted] who replaced him as [redacted] in the above local. Newark T-5 had reported that Delmore meets with [name redacted] almost every Tuesday at De Martino's Lounge, Elizabeth Avenue, Elizabeth, New Jersey. They are also met there by [name redacted] Welfare Fund of the Union County Joint Labor Council of which Local 394 is a member.
On July 28, 1960, Newark T-6 advised that it had become apparent that [name redacted] is merely a figurehead as [redacted] of Local 394, Hod Carriers Union. He advised that common knowledge among the members of the local that [name redacted] meets regularly with Delmore and apparently takes orders from him. He advised that the following person, who are members of the union and are usually assigned as foremen, also appear to have influence over [name redacted]:
Frank Majuri and Louis Larasso, who attended the meeting at Apalachin, New York, on November 14, 1957.
Sal Caternicchio and Joseph Sferra, who are both known to be long-time associates of Delmore.
IV. Identity of the Leaders and Upper Echelon
Newark T-7 advised that he had known Delmore for many years and while he had only in the last two years become active in the Elizabeth, New Jersey, area, there was no doubt in his mind or among the Italian element in Elizabeth, New Jersey, that Delmore was still "boss." He advised that it was taken for granted by people in Elizabeth that Delmore was boss, that Filippo Amari was next in line (informant advised Amari is presently in Sicily), mEmanuel Riggi, and then other lieutenants would be Sal Caternicchio, Joseph Sferra and a few other members of Local 394, Hod Carriers Union. Informants have advised in the past that Delmore is closely associated with Gerardo Catena and Vito Genovese, both of whom attended the meeting at Apalachin, New York, on November 14, 1957. During the past two years, Bureau Agents have observed Delmore meeting with Louis Larasso, Frank Majuri and [name redacted].
V. Official Protection
Newark T-7 advised on June 29, 1960, that it appeared that Nicholas Delmore had dominated Local 394 of the Hod Carriers Union, and in the last few months it was rumored that Gerry Muscatello, who operates a used car lot in Elizabeth, New Jersey, is an important man in the Delmore group and is considered the "fix man."
On October 6, 1959, Newark T-2 advised that it was apparent that the Delmore group also obtained some type of protection operations in Elizabeth, New Jersey, and that it was known that [name redacte] Union County Prosecutor's Office, had always been a close associate of Delmore and has been referred to as Delmore's "eyes and ears" in the Prosecutor's Office.