January 19, 2017
This Week in Gang Land
Bonanno Wiseguy Breaks Vow Of Omerta After Traffic Stop
Bonanno crime family wiseguy Peter (Pug) Lovaglio forgot all about his solemn oath of omerta after he was stopped by cops in Staten Island for driving without a license and found to be in possession of a switchblade knife last August 20 at about 3:45 in the morning.
"I'm in the Mafia," Lovaglio allegedly blurted out, according to court papers obtained by Gang Land. "I did 15 years in prison for racketeering. My license is suspended. I'm out on $50,000 bail for a felony assault bar fight, and I have a knife on me for protection in case I get into another bar fight."
Lovaglio gave this bizarre speech to police officer Joseph Perfetto in the Mariner's Harbor section, a commercial area with several ties to the Bonannos. Pug puffed up how much time he spent behind bars, but everything else rings true. The strange exchange between the cop and the hard drinking, always ready-to-rumble 55-year-old gangster has also fed growing concerns – which Gang Land was not able to confirm – that Lovaglio has wandered even further from the true path of a Mafioso.
Feuds between New York City cops and FBI agents are the stuff of legend in tales of law enforcement in the Big Apple. But there was no sign of those mostly petty beefs last week as retired FBI supervisor Philip Scala and five current and former members of the FBI's Gambino family squad were honored by the NYPD Honor Legion for helping cops solve 36 murders during a long partnership with the police department's Cold Case Squad that began in 1998.
His hard-nosed federal jailers changed their minds and decided to give John (Sonny) Franzese a late Christmas present, and let him out of prison on December 27, Gang Land has learned. But the legendary Colombo family wiseguy developed pneumonia and was deemed too sick to be placed into a halfway house. As a result, he is likely to still be stuck behind bars when his 100th birthday rolls around on February 6.
Unless you get really lucky, and find a copy squirreled away in the wrong section of your local bookstore, you won't be able to get a first printing of Mob Boss: The Life Of Little Al D'Arco, The Man Who Brought Down The Mafia. But there are still some second print versions of the hardcover available as gifts or for your own reading pleasure.
Because of the heavy demand, Thomas Dunne Books went to the well again for a second printing of Mob Boss, the book that The New York Times called a "gripping, novelistic biography – a bulls-eye."
The mass market, paperback version was published in 2015, however, and it is available online and at your favorite bookstores for about eight bucks. You still should be able to pick up a copy of the hard cover at your favorite bookstore, or, as Claude Raines might say to Humphrey Bogart, from any number of the usual online suspects: Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and BooksAMillion, as well as an independent book seller near you.
See why Mob Boss has been praised by Pete Hamill, Jimmy Breslin, Nicholas Pileggi, Mister District Attorney Robert Morgenthau – as well as readers everywhere.
Mob Boss is also available in a special BIG PRINT edition. And for those who would rather hear every word of the 406 page book read to them, Mob Boss is also available on an MP3 CD from Tantor Audio.