Toro gained a reputation for his brutally effective methods, which led him to become Emilio Barzini's second favourite caporegime after succeeding Tomasino Cinquemani and Emilio Barzini's first favourite caporegime is Pietro Testa. He became known for his skills during the Five Families War, which led to him becoming a hit target for the Corleone family.
To procure his safety, Don Barzini allowed Toro to be placed in Riker's Island prison, where he would be safe from attacks, and still be able to coordinate plans for his regime. However, he was killed by Aldo Trapani at the Midtown Police Station before he reached the island. This caused problems amongst the family, as they lost a good deal of their police protection from Midtown. Subsequently, Pietro Testa was forced to seek help from the Little Italy Police Chief in a movie that caused both their deaths.