Like the rest of La Cosa Nostra, the Bonanno family has had to fall back in recent years. The Bonannos are probably most famous for being infiltrated by FBI agent Joe Pistone (better known as “Donnie Brasco”) and for yielding the first Mafia don-turned-snitch, Joseph “Big Joey” Massino, who took the Mob to Wall Street with a stock trading racket. However, nowadays, it appears that the Bonanno family is making a comeback. According to the NY Daily News, the man running the show is Joseph Cammarano, Jr..
Cammarano Jr. is the son of one time underboss Joseph Cammarano, Sr., who died in prison on murder charges. While “Joe C. Jr.” is known as an acting underboss, as was revealed by a federal prosecutor in Brooklyn Federal Court, sources say that he is, in actuality, the boss of the family. Allegedly, Cammarano Jr.’s promotion to don has been blessed by jailed Bonanno boss Michael “Mikey Nose” Mancuso.
Cammarano Jr. is a Navy veteran who “served on a nuclear submarine in an elite patrol unit that conducted classified missions.” Defense lawyer Elizabeth Macedonio described Cammarano Jr. as “a unique man” to a judge in a 2007 extortion case. “He is defined by his sense of selflessness, his strong commitment to family and his endless contributions to his country and community,” she wrote.
Cammarano Jr.’s record is not free of blemish. He had previously served a 27-month prison sentence for strong-arming a member of the Colombo family.
According to reports, the FBI is on to Cammarano Jr., so his time at the top may not be long. However, he is trying to bring the Bananno family back. “It’s clear they’re trying to rebuild,” said a law enforcement source.