The New England mafia also known as the Patriarca crime family has been the target of a disruptive onslaught from the feds over several years which largely decimated the Cosa Nostra family’s hierarchy.
The New England mob has seen its power base shift from Providence over to Boston and the family now seems poised to reorganize as some key members return to the streets. Recently released Carmen “The Cheeseman” DiNunzio is believed to now be calling the shots as acting boss while his predecessor Anthony “Spucky” Spagnolo heads off to prison. Spagnolo took over as acting boss back in 2012 after the conviction of Carmen’s younger brother Anthony DiNunzio.
It’s still unclear if Carmen will handle the day to day operations for the Patriarca family while he is still “on paper” and may be looking to keep a lower profile. According to sources, ranking member Anthony “Pony Tail Tony” Parillo may be called upon to handle the mob families day to day operations in the meantime. But the cheese man is still putting his new role in the family to use promoting his former protege Gregory “Fat Greg” Costa to captain according to sources. He served as Carmen’s bodyguard and collector and went to prison along with DiNunzio in same racketeering case a few years and is one of the cheesemans most trusted allies.
The Patriarca family seems to be in position to rebound at least to some extent heading into the new year if they can successfully avoid the feds. That may be easier said then done as their recent track record indicates but with some of its current hierarchy back in place and more to come the opportunity is there. The mafia family like many others will never again rise to the heights of its heyday, but as we have seen in the past Cosa Nostra families seem to have a knack for adapting and staying alive.