I hate to moan but I didn't get my multiple of five bonus for my last one any way here is number six.
Pavano Crime Family
Leisure Center crew
6:All Stand For The Sit Down
The day of the sit down and Little Italy has become a paramilitary zone, we had guys on Denver, Columbus, Feldspar and Emerald Street. We had guys on rooftops with binoculars, we had taken over a multi-storey car park in Purgatory for our guests cars. We had even hired, at great expense, a counter espionage expert to jam any bugs transmitting from inside the center. The center was closed to the public for the day so all our guests had been instructed to enter through the side door, Frankie and Paulie stood on either side of the door both were strapped.
First to arrive was Vittorio ‘Vito’ Vallo a senior Pavano capo who operated all over Liberty City but whose crew was based in Colony Island, Vito was responsible for managing the Pavanos relationships with other gangs and as a result had become a major power broker within cosa nostra. I personally suspected Vito had influenced the commission in moving against Valvona although he had never said as much but if he had of done I would have had offered my full support.
Soon after Rosario ‘Roy’ Zito the Gambetti underboss arrived, Zito had sat on the commission sitting last night and would chair the sit down, not because of his rank or standing but because he was privy to the commissions position.
Most of the other capos all arrived over the next ten or fifteen minutes; Pasquale Castelli, the capo in charge of the Pavanos Bohan operations. Castelli is closely allied with Joe Corrola his crew is heavily involved in the heroin trade they use a chain of Laundromats to supply Bohan dealers with heroin smuggled in by Corrola. .
Joe Corrola the capo in charge of the Pavano heroin distribution network with close ties to the Humboldt River Dock Workers Local Union making him valuable not just to the Pavanos but to all of the five families, it is because of his value that Corrola was at the sit down at all , none of Valvona’s other current or ex-lovers were invited, Corrola represented the biggest threat to the commissions plans but it was the commission that pushed for his inclusion at the meet.
Joseph ‘Johnny Boy’ Rizzuto, who ran a crew out of East Holland and worked closely with Joe Corrola again heavily involved in the heroin trade but not exclusively so, his crew is renowned for its love of violence, even small disputes with its members usually end in murder.
Alfonso ‘Fat Al’ DeMeo the boss of the Alderney faction currently waging war against the Pegorinos.
Sonny Masselli a Pavano capo from Broker, his crew is similar to mine in its main activities are loan sharking, gambling and hijacking. Sonny along with Jimmy are my closest friends, we all grew up in East Holland in the seventies.
Joseph Graziano, a Pavano capo from Dukes his crew mainly steals from Francis International. And of cause myself representing Little Italy.
After everyone had arrived Zito stood to address the room, “You may or may not know that the commission met last night to discuss the Pavano family problem, namely your boss. Two of the most sacred rules of cosa nostra have been broken, you don’t whack a boss with out a commission ok and only men may be inducted into this thing of ours. The commission has decided that she has to go and that it should be done by Pavano soldiers, that much is not up for debate, if anyone has a problem with that they can join Valvona in the ground.”
As Zito sat down, Joe Corrola in the sit next to him stood to take the floor, “everyone in this room knows that I was Valvona’s lover, some of you have probably called me a fast tracker behind my back, but I would hope that by now you respected me for my ability. I’m not going to stand in the way of progress, the commission is a higher authority than god so there is no question about my loyalty.”
Zito again stood before speaking, “the commission feels that all the capos should be put to the membership on a ballet, we feel it’s the best way to avoid any unnecessary hostilities. However this can not happen right away for obvious reasons, for the time being we feel a ruling council of three capos each with a vote will act as a temporary leadership through the transitional period, their command will be immediate from tonight so any orders by the old leadership are now shelved.”
I knew who I wanted for boss so I nominated Vito. “Thank you Mr Salvato, can I see a show of hands for Mr Vallo?” It was unanimously carried as were the two following nominations, Joe Corrola and Alfonso DeMeo.
The talk then turned to who was going to join Valvona on the list of who goes, “the commission feels that there should be a clean sweep of the leadership, both Zepulla and Squillante should go.”
Arthur Zepulla, the Pavano consigliere, and Calogero Squillante our underboss both had been lovers of Maria Valvona. Squillante had a tough crew behind him and his faction probably posed the biggest threat to the coup. Zepulla on the other hand had no crew and served more as a legal advisor than anything else, and would probably be a soft target.
“What about Mario Venturella her little rent boy cu*t he has to go too.”
“The Squillante crew is going to be key if anyone’s going to hit back it will be them.” Sonny was right about Squillante’s crew they were tough and would be a lot harder to get than the legion of former prostitutes and pretty boys that Valvona had made. Squillante and his crew were real stone cold gangsters and could easily put together accomplished hit squads in a few hours to hit back at us. By the end of the night there was a list of nearly forty guys to be rubbed out.
“I am not sure how we can do this, as soon as bodies start hitting the ground, you have got to presume that they’re not just going to wait around for someone to push their button.”
“I agree we will have to come up with a list of priority targets, first we hit the guys most likely to hit back.”
“Squillante should be first then and his crew.”
“Or we make their most experienced muscle disappear first, it makes them easier to get to.”
“But it would also warn them and then we may not be able to get at them, no we do Squillante and Valvona first.”
“Squillante is paranoid he is hardly ever exposed.”
“I could get him to a meet, this thing with the Pegorinos is the perfect ruse, they are going to want to sit down with me at some point.”
It was agreed that the most likely chance of getting Squillante would be at a sit down with DeMeo, the other hits were divided up amongst the eight capos, to be planned by their crews although no action would be taken until we had received word from the ruling council.
We called our plan the purge, we planned to knock off nearly a third of the family, although this would initially weaken us the borgata has been granted special dispensation from the commission to rebuild to the borgata’s original 1931 size. This meant that the Pavanos could again become one of the largest Liberty City borgatas.
The number of made men in each borgata was set in stone at the birth of the commission in 1931, however two of the borgatas the Lupisellas and the Pavanos had been involved in a long and bloody struggle known as the Castellammarese war, which meant the two borgatas numbers had swelled making them the biggest families, which they continued to be for the next thirty years.
Today the Gambetti family is the largest borgata mainly because of Sonny Cangelosi who became in effect but not in name the boss of bosses, The Pavanos at this time were being punished for their founding don’s, Joe Pavano, unauthorised expansion in San Andreas, Canada and even Tucson in Arizona, he was sticking his flag everywhere without getting permission first, and when the commission called him in, he failed to show up and went on lamb. Without Joe Pavano on the commission Sonny Cangelosi solidified his borgata’s position as the number one criminal organization in the country.
“When we put this borgata back together its gonna be strong, tight, they won’t be able to break us not in a hundred years.” Vito’s words brought him a standing ovation even from Zito, although I still wondered if the Gambettis really were happy to see the Pavanos return to its historical large size, I only pondered because of a glimpse I caught of Zito during Vito’s rousing speech, for a second he looked uncomfortable but then I thought as they had engineered this coup just as much as any of the Pavano capos I was probably reading too much into it.
One thing is for sure though they will be pulling bodies out of the Humboldt for a long time to come.
Edited by vinnygorgeous, 16 May 2009 - 05:55 PM.