Philadelphia mafia leadership has been in some what of a transition period over the last several months with former acting boss Jospeh Ligambi going into what is being called semi-retirement. Who is the boss of the Philly mafia has been an ongoing debate of late and it seems like a ruling panel may now be in place. According to long time mob reporter George Anastasia considered one of the most reliable sources of Philly mob information a new ruling panel of street bosses is currently running the family. The new street boss panel is believed to be made up of Steve Mazzone, Phil Narducci, and John Ciancaglini.
Ligambi is believed to have taken sort of a consigliere role in the family in part with his semi-retired status. Now the question of whether or not Joey Merlino is still boss of the Philly mob is still considered to be unanswered by many. Some believe this new ruling panel may be a sign that Merlino is indeed out of the picture while other think it may be simply keeping things in order until Merlino finishes his recent prison stretch and gets off any supervised parole restrictions.
There has been plenty of speculation of late as to the new Philly mob hierarchy with reports of various members being made boss from unknown and or fairly questionable sources. Perhaps this idea of a ruling panel being in place is more of a safe way of saying that its still very unclear as to who the real boss is and that a power vacuum has developed. Maybe its a new road being taken by the mafia in Philadelphia to try and keep the peace and get everyone back to business. It should continue to be a very interesting year of mafia news coming out of Philly.