The Gambino Crime Family – The American Mafia
The Gambino crime family, one of the “Five Families” dominated organized crime activities in New York City, within the nationwide criminal phenomenon known as the Mafia (or Cosa Nostra). The group is named after Carlo Gambino, boss of the family at the time of the McClellan hearings in 1963, when the structure of organized crime first gained public attention. The group’s operations extend from New York and the eastern seaboard to California. Its illicit activities included labor and construction racketeering, gambling, loansharking, extortion, money laundering, prostitution, fraud, hijacking, pier thefts, and fencing.