Francesco Paolo Augusto Calì was born on March 26th, 1965 and died on March 13th, 2019. He was known as “Frank” or “Franky Boy”, was the Boss of the Gambino crime family. Law enforcement considered Cali to have been the Gambinos’ “ambassador to Sicilian mobsters” and was linked to the Inzerillo Mafia family from Palermo.
Cali was killed outside his home on Staten Island on March 13th, 2019. His death is being described by news reports as the first major New York gang and mob boss killing in more than 30 years. On March 16th, 2019, 24-year-old, Anthony Comello, a Staten Island resident was taken into custody after being identfied as the suspect in the murder of Frank Cali. Comello is a non-mobster who works odd construction jobs.
Frank Cali Sicilian Mafia ties
Cali is reported to have maintained ties with the Sicilian Mafia. He married Rosaria Inzerillo, a sister of Pietro Inzerillo and a relative of Gambino associate Frank Inzerillo, a member of the Palermitan Inzerillo family. In the early 1980s, following the losing the Second Mafia War against the Corleonesi of Totò Riina, the Inzerillo family was forced to flee Sicily, Italy. Cali and old Palermo boss Filippo Casamento supported the return of the Inzerillos to Palermo, according to Italian authorities.
As per the Italian Polizia di Stato (State Police), Cali was also a member of the Sicilian Cosa Nostra. He was the contact for Sicilian Mafiosi who traveled to New York to meet him, do business, and update him on Sicilian affairs. “He’s our friend and he is everything over there”, confided Sicilian mobster Gianni Nicchi to his boss Antonio Rotolo, after a trip in 2003. Nicchi is one of the Sicilian ‘men of honour’ who went back and forth between Palermo and the US for drug trafficking. Until finally settling in Daytona Florida and having high school students work for him in the drug game.
Frank Cali Arrest History
In early 2003, Cali and fellow captain Leonard “Lenny” DiMaria began extorting ‘mob taxes’ from Joseph Vollaro, the owner of a trucking and contracting company that was involved in building a NASCAR speedway on Staten Island. Vollaro was eventually forced to pay tens of thousands of dollars as a tribute to D’Amico and Gambino boss Nicholas Corozzo. In 2004, to avoid prison time for a cocaine conviction, Vollaro began working with federal authorities as an informant. Vollaro’s undercover work led to a massive indictment in 2008.
On February 8th, 2008, Cali and 61 other New York Cosa Nostra associates were arrested and charged with federal racketeering charges as part of Operation Old Bridge. Old Bridge terminated the drug trafficking between the Sicilian Mafia and the Gambino family. Prosecutors claimed that Cali acted as the Gambino “ambassador to the Sicilian mobsters” and as a liaison between D’Amico and the Sicilian connections to the Inzerillo family. Cali was charged with racketeering, extortion, and conspiracy along with D’Amico and DiMaria.
On June 4th, 2008, Cali pleaded guilty to conspiring to extort money from Vollaro. Cali was incarcerated at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, New York. On April 6th, 2009, he was released from prison.
In 2009, Cali’s uncle John Gambino was elevated to the family’s ruling panel, according to court papers filed in Brooklyn Federal Court. The U.S. Justice Department demanded that Cali avoid all contact with Gambino, except for weddings or holiday celebrations approved in advance by Cali’s probation officer.
Frank Cali Gambino Underboss
In October 2012, Cali was identified by New York crime reporter Jerry Capeci as the new underboss of the Gambino crime family. Capeci has previously identified Domenico Cefalu, a member of the same Sicilian faction as Cali, as the current boss of the group. Though his status remains unclear, the promotion of both men follows a period in which John Gambino was a street boss within the family, showing that the Sicilian group has remained dominant in recent years. In July 2013, it was reported that Cali turned down the position of boss of the family.
Frank Cali Acting Boss of the Gambino Family
In August 2015, Daily News reported Cali had taken over as acting boss of the Gambino family.
Frank Cali Wife
Frank Cali married Rosaria Inzerillo, a sister of Pietro Inzerillo and a relative of Gambino associate Frank Inzerillo, a member of the Palermitan Inzerillo family. As Pietro Inzerillo’s daughter, Rosario worked at his popular restaurant, Nino’s, before marrying Cali, Italian newspaper reports say. Reports suggest that the Inzerillo-Gambino clan had been among the most influential in the Italian mob family. Cali had been a key part of the Gambino family.
Frank Cali Death and Cause (Multiple gunshots)
Cali died on March 13, 2019, aged 53 at Staten Island University Hospital after being admitted following a violent incident in front of his home. Reports at the time indicated Cali was shot six times in the chest by an unknown assailant, and allegedly run over by a blue pickup truck on Hilltop Terrace near Four Corners Road in Todt Hill about 9:15 p.m. Cali’s murder occurred merely hours after Joseph Cammarano Jr., the reputed acting boss of the Bonanno crime family, was acquitted at trial along with his reputed consigliere.
According to news sources, a few witnesses told their local media that they heard at least six shots from outside when Gambino was shot. “There were like six shots, and then there were three more,” witnesses reportedly told New York Daily News. “The man was on the ground face-up. His head was by his SUV, and the truck was open.”
Frank Cali is the first mob boss to be shot and killed in New York City in 34 years. The last was Paul Castellano, assassinated outside Sparks Steakhouse in 1985.
Frank Cali Suspected Killer, Anthony Comello Arrested
On March 16th, 2019 Anthony Comello, 24 was taken into custody after being identfied as the suspect in the murder of Frank Cali. Camello is non-mobster who works odd construction jobs. NBC New York reported that authorities are exploring a theory that the suspect “wanted to date one of the mob boss’s relatives and Cali told him to back off.”