Steven Crea becomes the new official boss of the Lucchese crime family after previous boss Vittorio Amuso who is imprisoned for life stepped down after 26 years as boss.
January 2012, Bonanno crime family Acting Boss Vincent Badalamenti was indicted along with consigliere Anthony Graziano, acting Underboss Nicholas Santora, and soldiers Anthony Calabrese and Vito Balsamo. they were charged with extorting restaurants and bars in Brooklyn and Manhattan and extending a $50,000 loanshark loan in 1999. These charges were primarily based on information from government informant Hector Pagan (Graziano's ex son-in-law).
January 23 - Anthony Capo Informant and former DeCavalcante crime family soldier dies of a heart attack in witness protection aged 52.
April 21 - Peter Milano boss of the Los Angeles crime family died at his home in Westlake, California of natural causes aged 86.
June 12 - Henry Hill informant and former associate of the lucchese crime family died of cancer at his home in Los Angeles, California the day after his 69th birthday. his life in the Lucchese crime family was told in the 1990 multi academy award winning film Goodfellas and Hill was potrayed by Ray Liotta.
June 15 - John D'Amico a Gambino crime family Capo is released from prison after serving 4 years in prison for racketeering as a result of FBI investigation operation old bridge.
August 15 - Matthew Ianniello a caporegime in the Genovese crime family died at his Westbury, Long Island home of natural causes aged 82.
August 31 - Leonard DiMaria a Gambino crime family Capo and Nicholas Corozzo's right hand man is released from prison after serving 4 years for extortion as a result of FBI investigation operation old bridge.
October Francesco Cali becomes the new underboss of the Gambino crime family replacing Arnold Squitieri. Cali is the 2nd Sicilian member of the Gambino crime family to gain an administrative position in the family after Sicilian Domenico Cefalu became boss the previous year.
October 22 - Salvatore Merlino a former Philadelphia crime family Underboss died in prison of natural causes aged 73.
December 25 - Frank Calabrese, Sr. a caporegime in the Chicago Outfit died in prison of natural causes aged 75.
January 23 Anthony Capo former DeCavalcante crime family Soldier
April 21 Peter Milano Boss of the Los Angeles crime family
June 12 Henry Hill former Lucchese crime family associate and "Goodfella".
August 15 Matthew Ianniello Genovese crime family Capo
October 22 Salvatore Merlino former Philadelphia crime family Underboss
December 25 Frank Calabrese, Sr. Chicago Outfit Capo