Quattrocchi Crime Family

The Quattrocchi family ran the gambling racketts of Hudson county New Jersey from the 1950's to the early 80's from a store front on Monroe street. Through numerous arrests and aged members dying the family has weakened and now work with larger mob based families in the area. In the 1970's the Quattrocchi family won a bloody mob war with the Gucci family from Newark New Jersey and took over their gambling rackets.

6 gang members charged in Hoboken attack
By Tom Tricone

HOBOKEN- It was a particularly savage attack, even by Mob standards.
A group of six members of the Quattrocchi clan armed with stilettos. Blades slicing through skin, targeting a local bookie, his throat slit, the victim dashed desperately through city streets for help.
The man survived the violent assault and the six men all members of the Quattrocchi crime family, now face attempted murder charges in connection with the attack, police said Monday.
Authorities arrested the titular head of the crew and three of his cousins or alleged henchmen in pre-dawn raids Friday in Hoboken, Union City and Weehawken. According to the State Police officials, two of the six remain at-large.
The attack occurred on July 5th on the corner of 6th and Adams Street, having escalated from a family dispute between cousins. It was a matter of respect and disrespect, which is paramount in Sicilian social structure- said detective Michael Gerado of the State Police organized crime Unit.
Joseph “Joe Bop” Quattrocchi leader of the Monroe street arm of the almighty Quattrocchi clan that weaves it’s influence thought Northern New Jersey orchestrated the assault. Which was not sanctioned by the families ruling council, headed by Franco Quattrocchi owner of the Chateau Lounge in Union City?
In addition to their legal troubles, the six men could face sever disciplinary action from the family patriarchs for not gaining approval for the hit, Gerado said.
The victim of the attack, whom the police would not identify, suffered knife wounds to his face, head, neck and shoulders that were considered life threatening by medical doctors at Saint Mary’s Hospital. The wounds required numerous staples and stitches to close.
The attack occurred…. following an altercation over a disrespectful gesture directed at ranking crew captain Joseph “Joe Bop” Quattrocchi and the victim, said Hoboken Police Chief Carmine Labruno.
According to a memo prepared by the State Police Intelligence Service, the victim cooperated with police, identified the six attackers and has entered the states witness relocation program. The document also states that the State Police plan to interrogate each of the arrested men for their knowledge of activities related to the Quattrocchi crime family.
Arrested were Joseph “Joe Bop” Quattrocchi 35 and Anthony “Tony Beans” Quattrocchi both of Hoboken. Ronald “Ronnie boy” Quattrocchi of 68th street North Bergen and Angelo “Big Angi” Quattrocchi of Bergen line Avenue Union City.
Wanted are Thomas “Tom Tom” Quattrocchi of Bergen line Ave. and Goccome “Jocko” Guantaio of Monroe Street Hoboken.

{{Quattrocchi Crime Family The Quattrocchi crime family is a criminal organization based in Hoboken New Jersey USA within the nationwide criminal phenomenon known familiarly as the American Mafia (also known as Cosa Nostra). The Quattrocchi crime family exercises influence in Northeastern New Jersey, Northwestern New Jersey, Southern and Western New York while maintaining strong contacts with mafia counterparts in New York City, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, and New England. Impact The impact of organized crime is generally regarded as a global phenomenon, and the Italian Mafia in the United States is seen as having connections to other ethnic criminal organizations operating within the United States (including Asian gangs, Russian Mafiya, Albanian Organized Crime, Biker Gangs, etc.), to their counterparts in Sicily and southern Italy, and to other international criminal organizations including stolen car rings abroad. The Quattrocchi crime family has been connected to labor racketeering, counterfeiting, prostitution, loansharking and extortion, illegal gambling, cartage theft, fraud, and automobile theft among other criminal operations that bring in hundreds of millions of dollars in profit each year, in addition to many legitimate enterprises over which they exercise control. While the Quattrocchi family may be one of the smaller criminal organizations within the Mafia phenomenon, the extent of its influence and strength has often been underestimated by observers in law enforcement and the media. However, many reports claim that a large portion of the organization's income is through "sweetheart contracts" obtained through government bidding in the area of construction and waste management and through money laundering. In the early days, much of the family's income was derived by its control of the trucking industry, especially through its manipulative influence over the labor unions. Law enforcement estimated that in the 1990's the Quattrocchi family consisted of approximately 30 made members, and an unknown (but presumably large) number of associates, operating chiefly in the area of Northeastern New Jersey, Northwestern New Jersey, Southern and Western New York State while maintaining strong contacts with mafia counterparts in Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and New England. The Quattrocchi era During The Scarfano reign Tony (Big Tony) made one brilliant move by naming Franco Quattrocchi as his underboss. Quattrocchi took over the family after Scarfano's death in 1959 and ran it until a conviction in the 1980s, after which the aging boss retired. Besides being Boss of his crime family, Quattrocchi was rumored to have also been "Acting Boss" of one of the New York "Five Families" at one point in his mafia career, but more accurately he was sanctioned by the Commission to be the trustee of the Genovese crime family during an internal disagreement over the Boss succession sometime during the 1970s. Most likely during the early 1970s after the death of Vito Genovese in 1969, possibly after the death of acting/front boss, Thomas Eboli and sometime before Frank Tieri was a chosen as Eboli's successor. When Quattrocchi was imprisoned in the late 1970s, Joseph Quattrocchi (Joe Bop), the family's consigliere, became the acting boss. Recent years Since Franco Quattrocchi's death in 1994, and Joseph Quattrocchi's "retirement" to Florida, Tommy Quattrocchi (Tommy Shoot) would become the new boss of the crime family in Hoboken New Jersey. Tommy Shoot, born in 1946, started his career in the Quattrocchi family in the late 1960s and 1970s as Franco Quattrocchi's driver. Tommy Shoot's background in solid waste brokering, and keen business sense made him a valuable asset and aided in developing close connections with counterparts in New York City, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Los Angeles. Regarded as a peacemaker, he has helped resolve disputes over territory and business interests that could have erupted into bloodshed. Over the last decade, Tommy Quattrocchi has attempted to better his image and avoid prosecution by engaging in more legitimate enterprises. In addition to the solid waste business, Quattrocchi maintains an active presence in the management of Spaniel Transportation, a trucking concern, and an equity share in the Newcastle Group, possibly from money laundering. However, he continues to earn income from traditional criminal activities: drug trafficking, loansharking, illegal gambling and bookmaking, securities fraud, and cartage theft. In the 1990s Tommy Quattrocchi's name was linked to a money laundering scheme that involved a weekly newspaper in Exeter, Pennsylvania called The Metro. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) investigators from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania claim that $3 million, the proceeds of a drug and prostitution ring, were laundered through the newspaper. The Hudson Citizen's Voice reported, "The money is believed to have purchased bogus advertisements and subscribers that never existed. The Metro ceased operation in 1998." Tommy Quattrocchi's long run as mob boss without being prosecuted for anything, and his ability to stay on the street and out of prison, have led some observers to speculate that Quattrocchi has been a long-time government informant, informing on other Cosa Nostra families. While this would explain his extraordinary run of good luck, it is entirely speculation at this point. However, many mafia observers have pointed out that Tommy Quattrocchi's days as a free man may be numbered. He was at one time involved in gambling junkets to Atlantic City, New Jersey, recording almost $6 million in losses in a three-year period where he reported $8,000 per year in income to the IRS. On May 31, 2001 agents from the Criminal Investigation Division of the IRS, US Postal Inspectors and New Jersey State Police executed search warrants at the homes of Quattrocchi, his mistress, and three others, seizing records in an ongoing investigation. On February 26, 2003, Thomas Quattrocchi was banned for life from stepping foot in casinos in Atlantic City by New Jersey's Division of Gaming Enforcement based on information shared by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the now defunct Pennsylvania Crime Commission. On May 31, 2006 Tom Quattrocchi was indicted on federal charges of laundering $600,000 in illegal drugs proceeds and trying to have a co-defendant in the case killed. In January 2008, Roman Catholic priest Father Joseph Sica was arrested for perjury after prosecutors gathered evidence that they believe reveals Sica misrepresented his relationship with Russell Bufalino. In testimony to a grand jury regarding the purchase of a casino in northeastern Pennsylvania by local billionaire Louis DeNaples, whom prosecutors believe had ties to the Quattrocchi family. Prosecutors say letters and photos show that Sica and Quattrocchi had a "substantial relationship" despite Sica's testimony that the two had met by chance and were not close. In March 2008, Quattrocchi pleaded guilty to reduced charges, a possible sign that he has agreed to testify against Louis A. DeNaples, owner of the recently opened Mount Airy Casino Resort in the Poconos and accused of lying to get a casino license. Quattrocchi had been facing 18 counts, including solicitation of murder, but pleaded guilty to only two, witness tampering and conspiracy to launder money. Quattrocchi's attorney, James Sarlo, refused to say Friday whether Quattrocchi received a deal in exchange for his guilty plea, or whether he agreed to testify against DeNaples. Thomas Quattrocchi is the only made member left of the old Quattrocchi crime family.

Bosses • 1905–1908 — [[Stefano Quattrocchi(1886–1984) (stepped down in 1908, but continued to be recognized as a senior member of the crime family, died in 1984 at the age of 98) • 1908–1933 — Santo Volpe ( –1933) (LaTorre's brother-in-law, retired in 1933, but continued to be recognized as a senior member of the crime family, died 1959) • 1933–1940 — Giacomo "John" Sciandra (1899–1940) (murdered) • 1940–1959 — Giuseppe "Joe the Barber" Barbara, Sr. (1905–1959) (semi-retired by 1956 due to ill health. The Apalachin meeting debacle caused him a great deal of stress and a loss of power and influence within the mafia before he died in 1959) • 1956–1959 — Rosario Alberto Quattrocchi (acting boss) (ascended to the leadership as a result of the Apalachin fiasco and the death of Barbara) • 1959–1994 — [[Franco Quattrocchi|Rosario (1903–1994) (imprisoned from 1978-82 and throughout the second half of the 1980s, released from prison in 1990 he was effectively retired and living in a nursing home, but like so other highly respected mafia bosses over the years he held the title of boss until he died on February 25, 1994) 1965-1990- Giovanni "Johnny" Rizzo (Distant cousin of Russell Bufalino, and Under Boss of the family. He is the only one of the family still living.) • 1968–1979 — Willy (Willy Quack( Quattrocchi (1913–present) (acting boss) (jailed in 1981 for less than a year on income tax evasion charges, effectively retired in 1989,died from natural causes in 1992. Is survived by his son Vito (Vito the Blade) Quattrocchi. • 1980–1993 — Joseph (Joe Bop) Quattrocchi (acting boss) (officially ascended to the leadership with the death of Bufalino) • 1994–present — Thomas (Tommy Shoot) Quattrocchi (1946–present) (indicted October 17, 2006 on 18 charges including solicitation of homicide and money laundering

Franco Quattrocchi
The Quattrocchi Family

During the years of his reign, Franco Quattrocchi, the king pin of North Jersey's Hudson County mob was like a character out of an old gangster movie. He was tough but sentential, kind to women and children, politically connected and a ruthless Mafioso who was responsible for the murder of at least twenty people.

Hailing from Corleone Sicily, Franco Quattrocchi created a criminal organization based in Hoboken New Jersey that rule Hudson County for over thirty years. From 1955 to 1985 when Quattrocchi was shot and killed in his tavern at Transfer Station in Union city N.J. The age of the Quattrocchi family transpired during a time when most Americans probably thought the Sicilian gangster no longer existed outside Hollywood Mafia movies.

The Quattrocchi family not only existed but also thrived, making millions of dollars annually through racketeering, killing people at will and getting away with it through expert manipulation of "the System". They eluded capture and prosecution in a manner that would have made any other Mafia boss weep with envy.

As a Sicilian American family, the Quattrocchi's flew mostly below the national radar. Unlike other Italian crime families the Quattrocchi family were content to operate in the shadows. Let the five families of New York1 walk the red carpet, their exploits made larger than life by the news media and front page tabloid headlines. Let them come under the scrutiny of the F.B.I who went after other Mafia families with a vengeance.

With other Mafia families dominating the headlines. the Quattrocchi family soldiered on mostly by staying local keeping their operations small and working within underworld parameters that had been in place of more than a century.

The Quattrocchi family may have been the last true old world Mafia family whose staying power was unique to Hudson County New Jersey, but the circumstances of their rise in the underworld were the result of a long and violent history. Like most Italian American crime families their power was based on having local police in their pockets and even a New Jersey state senator under their control.

Like a neighborhood Godfather of long ago, Franco Quattrocchi doled out turkeys to the needy on Thanksgiving and Christmas, gave money to the local Catholic church, did favors for the people of his borgata (neighborhood) and settled local disputes.

He understood the nature of the Italian community in Hoboken New Jersey whose legacy was fundamentally the same as that of the Italians in New York, Brooklyn, Chicago, Philadelphia and myriads of other U.S. municipalities large and small. The ravages of colonialism, hunger, anti Italian and anti-Catholic bigotry had shaped the Italian American identity and created a people who were criticized for being clannish and overly parochial.

The Italians themselves didn't see it that way. Arriving in America en masse under the most dire circumstances imaginable, they did what they had to do: The looked out for another and created social systems that allowed them to advance even though American society
at large was determined to keep them in their place.

The image of the Italian American gangster, a man who went where the money was became romanticized in the 1960's, 70's and 80's. Working class hoods who usually specialized in a specific brand of criminal activity. Weather it was breaking and entry, safe cracking, murder for hire, or body disposal, saw themselves as underworld tradesmen. They were men who eventually ended up on the loosing end of a long ongoing war that started in the late 1980's between Russian and Italian gangs. The Russians, with a far larger and more far reaching structure eventually dominated these confrontations, leaving the Italian mobs ineffective at best.

However, for the Quattrocchi Clan, a neighborhood based gang, remained a viable force in the underworld long after most Italian Americans had assimilated into the suburbs. The Quattrocchi clan inherited certain criminal rackets going back generations.

The Quattrocchi family of Hoboken New Jersey a family structure consisting of brothers and cousins. Were essentially tough talking street savvy hoods who appeared to be caught in a time warp. They were tough, emotional, paranoid men who adhered to a Mafioso code that three men can keep a secret, but only if tow of them are dead.

The fact that the Quattrocchi clan in the later decades engaged in a kind of macabre, internalized violence can only be characterized as self destructive. Should not be surprising. When a morally corrupt institution that has murder as it's ultimate principal goes through a kind of death throws, violent thrashing and self-destruction are its ultimate end.

The Quattrocchi clan of Hoboken N.J. was always known for its wild, impulsive, anti social behavior. The Quattrocchi family headed by Franco Quattrocchi lived by it's own set of rules. Franco Quattrocchi was judge, jury, and executioner, as if he were God.

Next boss of the New Jersey Mafia
August 12, 2015, By TheBoss 14 Comments
An era has come to the end for the New Jersey mafia and the Quattrocchi crime family with the death of longtime boss Franco Quattrocchi.
The longtime New Jersey mob godfather took over officially as the boss in the early 1960’s controlling the family for decades. Franco’s passing at age of 90 leaves an opening atop the Quattrocchi family at least in an official capacity. The day to day operations has been run by various acting bosses appointed by Franco over the last several years as he served an extended prison sentence ending in 2012. Now the thrown sits vacant in New Jersey and many wonder who are the leading candidates to take over.
Current reputed Quattrocchi family acting boss Carmine Portello is thought by many to be the leading candidate to take over as official boss. Carmine Portello has a long history in the Quattrocchi family becoming a made man in the New Jersey mafia in 1989 inducted by Franco Quattrocchi himself and is believed to have become a capo in the family somewhere around 2005-2006 according to law enforcement. The Sicilian born mobster was then appointed to control the family’s daily operations as acting boss by Franco back in 2007-2008 after convictions of various members of families leadership. He is also believed to have ties to the powerful Gambino family of New York. The Quattrocchi clan of New Jersey cemented its ties within the Gambino family through marriage.
Another main candidate to become the new mafia boss in Jersey is Charles Mancuso a powerful captain in the family for several years and believed by some to play a role in families leadership currently. Mancuso himself has a deep history of the mafia with his father Gabe Mancuso I serving as the families consigliere and underboss. Mancuso even at 75 remains a power within the family and many belief has enough backing within the family itself to make a play for the boss. With links to both the Lucchese and Genovese families from his North Jersey ties, he could definitely make his case along with Portello if he has the desire to move up the ranks of the family as his father did years ago.
The Gambino crime family of the New York mafia have had long-standing ties and held influence within the Quattrocchi family for years. Its believed by many mob experts and law enforcement sources that Mancuso has the full backing of the current Sicilian leadership of the Gambino family and this in itself makes him the most likely candidate to be installed as new official boss. Sicilian mobsters have a long history within the Quattrocchi family dating back to the families origins and if the Gambino family has input on who’s next to lead then Mancuso seems to have the inside track.
The Quattrocchi family remains a viable Cosa Nostra family and rumors of late even have the family expanding its membership and re-establishing its power base. These rumors are still unsubstantiated but the family still remains in control of profitable mafia rackets, all the same, making the top spot one of the more coveted outside of the New York families. Many will be watching the mob in New Jersey to see what happens next as the family transitions past the Franco era. Could multiple members make a play for the top leading to a rift within the family? It seems unlikely but the if and when questions remain and mob history definitely tells us anything can happen when power is up for grabs.

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