'They don't bother nobody': the quiet presence of New York's mafia

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Shooting of alleged boss ‘Franky Boy’ Cali shines light on Staten Island neighborhood with history of mob ties

It had all the makings of an old school mob hit: Francesco “Franky Boy” Cali, the reputed head of the Gambino crime family, was shot to death outside his Staten Island home.

The murder struck many as a throwback to another era, when mafia families warred for control of lucrative rackets. It’s been more than three decades since the last targeted killing of a mob boss in New York. These days, the bosses are more likely to die of old age, as one did behind bars last week.

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