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Joseph "Big Joe" Todaro, Jr. is an alleged Buffalo, New York organized crime figure involved in labor racketeering, loansharking, illegal gambling, narcotics, and murder for hire. Joe Todaro Jr. became a business agent for the Laborers' International Union of North America (LIUNA) Local 210. In 1984, Joe Todaro Jr. allegedly became the underboss of the Buffalo crime family after his father became the new head of the crime family, upon the retirement of his predecessor Samuel "Sam the Farmer" Frangiamore. In 1990, Joe Todaro Jr. resigned as business agent following investigations on the local's alleged ties to organized crime.
According to the U.S. Department of Justice, in 1995 Joe Todaro Jr. assumed the day-to-day running of the Buffalo family from his father, Joseph Todaro, Sr., becoming acting boss of the crime family. However, Joseph Sr., who moved to Florida during the mid-1990s, was still the official head of the crime family as of late 2001 according to law enforcement. Others believe that what is left of the Buffalo is controlled by crime family consigliere Leonard Falzone, who was rumored to have taken over as boss in 2006. Allegedly Joe Todaro Jr. officially stepped down as underboss and caporegime Benjamin "Benny" Nicoletti Jr. was promoted to the position, while Todaro Jr. took his place as Falzone's new consigliere, leaving Todaro Sr. as the crime family's influential elder statesman and councilor. Joseph Nicoletti of Brooklyn was cousin to "Benny" of the Niagara Falls family. Nicoletti was in charge of all loan sharks and reported to the top people.
Joseph Jr. is part owner of the La Nova Pizzeria chain, one of the largest food franchises in the Buffalo area, and the #1 independent pizzeria in the United States with over $25,000,000 in pizza and chicken wing sales annually.
Further reading[edit | edit source]
- Capeci, Jerry. The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Mafia. Indianapolis: Alpha Books, 2002. ISBN 0-02-864225-2
- Penn, Stanley. Have I Got a Tip for You, and Other Tales of Dirty Secrets, Political Payoffs, and Corporate Scams: A Guide to Investigative Reporting. New York: Dow Jones & Company, 1994. ISBN 1-881944-01-8
- United States. Congress. House. Committee on the Judiciary. Subcommittee on Crime. Administration's Efforts Against the Influence of Organized Crime in the Laborer's International Union of North America: Hearings before the Subcommittee on Crime of the Committee on the Judiciary. 1997. ISBN 0-16-054211-1
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- The Buffalo News: Informant Causes Stir with Tales of Mob Activity by Dan Herbeck
- AmericanMafia.com - 26 Mafia Cities: Buffalo, New York by Mario Machi, Allan May and Charlie Molino
- Laborers International: UNITED STATES OF AMERICA vs. LABORERS' INTERNATIONAL UNION OF NORTH AMERICA, AFL-CIO