NYC Mayor de Blasio surprised by suspected mafioso’s murder

NYC Mayor de Blasio surprised by suspected mafioso’s murder

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New York Police Chief James O’Neill and Mayor Bill de Blasio present February crime statistics. March 1, 2017. Photo: NYPD
New York Police Chief James O’Neill and Mayor Bill de Blasio present February crime statistics. March 1, 2017. Photo: NYPD

WASHINGTON — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio told reporters Thursday that he was surprised by Wednesday’s slaying of suspected mob boss Francesco “Fanky Boy” Cali, the first to take place in the city since the mid-’80s.

“We thought those days were over,” de Blasio said. “I guess old habits die hard.”

An alleged leader in the Gambino crime family, Cali was shot and killed Thursday night outside his home in Staten Island.

A mugshot of Francesco “Franky Boy” Cali from 2008.

“Upon arrival, officers found a 53-year-old male with multiple gunshot wounds to the torso,” New York police said in a statement to multiple media outlets.

Cali was pronounced dead upon arrival at a hospital.

No arrests have been made as of Thursday afternoon in relation to the shooting and de Blasio gave no updates.

Cali served 16 months in prison from 2008-2009 for extortion conspiracy. He reportedly became the crime family’s boss in 2015, a position once held by the notorious gangster John Gotti. In 1992 “The Teflon Don” was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Gotti died of throat cancer 10 years later in a medical prison facility in Springfield, Mo. He was 61.

Earlier Thursday in federal court in Manhattan, a jury acquitted the reputed head of the Bonanno crime family, Joseph Cammarano Jr., 59, as well as his alleged deputy, John Zancocchio, 61. They had been charged with racketeering and conspiracy to commit extortion.

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