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Joseph N.Gallo

Giuseppe Nicholas Gallo, Jr. (January 8, 1912 – September 1, 1995) was a New York mobster who allegedly became consigliere of the Gambino crime family. He was not related to Infamous Colombo crime family mobster Joey Gallo.

Biography Edit

Gallo was born on January 8, 1912 in Alabama, but grew up in the Little Italy section of Manhattan, New York. Gallo was married and was the father of Gambino associate Joseph C. Gallo. Gallo and his family lived in Long Island City, Queens. In the 1930's, Gallo was convicted in New York of illegal gambling. Over the years, Gallo built his power base in the New York garment industry. He owned a dress manufacturing company in Brooklyn and eventually controlled the Greater Blouse, Shirt, and Undergarment Association, a trade group. Gallo also had strong ties with the Trafficante crime family of Tampa, Florida and the New Orleans crime family under boss Carlos Marcello. Gallo frequently represented their leaders at Cosa Nostra meetings in New York.

Consigliere Edit

In the early 1970's, Gallo replaced Joseph Riccobono as consigliere to Carlo Gambino. Gallo was considered as a possible candidate to succeed the ailing Gambino. However, on February 21, 1974, Gallo suffered a severe heart attack. Gallo recovered from this illness, but decided that he did not have the will or stamina to be Gambino's successor. After Gambino's death in 1976, Gallo continued as consigliere for Paul Castellano. In 1986, after Castellano's assassination, new boss John Gotti also kept Gallo as consigliere.

On December 22, 1987, Gallo along with Joseph Armone was convicted of RICO charges that included two counts of bribery and one count of illegal interstate travel to commit bribery. In February 1988, Gallo was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison and ordered to pay fines totaling $380,000. He became the oldest inmate in federal custody. In 1987, after Gallo's conviction, John Gotti replaced him with capo Salvatore Gravano as consigliere.

In 1995, Gallo was released from prison. On September 1, 1995, he died of natural causes in Astoria, Queens. He is buried in St. Michaels Cemetery in East Elmhurst, Queens

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