Estimate member count: around 200.
First Boss: Vincent Mangano
Primary rackets: Narcotics trafficking, loan sharking, gambling, extortion, car theft, union corruption, construction, internet fraud, waste hauling industry
Boss: Domenico "Italian Dom" Cefalu
GanglandNews.com reported on August 20, 2015, that Francesco Cali
was elevated to the position of acting boss of the Gambinos.
During the early to mid 1990s John "Junior" Gotti was acting boss with Nicholas Corozzo, Peter Gotti and Jackie D'Amico as advisers. By late 1996, when John Gotti had lost most of his appeals, the Commission pressured Gotti to officially step down and be permanently replaced by someone other than Junior or Peter Gotti when his final appeal was resolved. FBI reports indicate that Corozzo was picked as the new leader. But before his official election, he was hit with racketeering charges, and went to prison. Junior Gotti continued to serve as acting boss until shortly after he was indicted on racketeering charges in 1998. He began a federal prison sentence for racketeering in October, 1999. Peter Gotti took over and when John Gotti sr died on the 10th of June 2002 he became official boss.
In 2006 Junior Gotti is retired from "the life," after his third racketeering trial ended in a mistrial, and he was free to do whatever he pleased. His defence during his three trials had been that he had quit the Mafia in 1999. The shadow of the Gottis still looms over the Gambino Family though, with John D'Amico as street boss.
On February 7, 2008 the Gambino Family took a big hit. Its entire administration plus dozens of lower ranking members were indicted on racketeering charges. D'Amico, Cefalu, and consigliere Joseph Corozzo were all hit with charges of leading the Gambino Family.
When the smoke of the big February bust settled, things were looking a lot better for the arrested mobsters. John D'Amico admitted that he was part of a plot to extort Joseph Vollaro. Underboss Domenico Cefalu and consigliere Joseph Corozzo also admitted to extortion charges. Of the 52 mobsters who cut a plea deal none face more than three years in prison, a far cry from their possible heavy sentences if found guilty of the charges at a trial.