October 25, 2008



Gaetano Badalamenti, the Sicilian crime boss who was convicted in an epic Mafia trial in the 1980’s of being the ringleader of a sophisticated operation that smuggled heroin and cocaine into the United States, has died, a Justice Department spokesman said. He was 80, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons Web site.

Mr. Badalamenti, who came from Cinisi, Sicily, was sentenced to 45 years in prison in 1987 as one of the masterminds of a drug ring known as the Pizza Connection. The ring imported $1.65 billion in heroin from Southwest Asia to the United States and distributed it through pizza parlors in New York and across the country.

Federal investigators often referred to Mr. Badalamenti as the former ”boss of bosses” of the Sicilian Mafia. He fled Sicily in the 1970’s after losing a local mob war. He later lived in Brazil.

He was arrested in Madrid in 1984 and extradited to the United States.

Mr. Badalamenti was at the center of the ring that investigators said brought $1.65 billion in heroin to the United States over five years, ending in 1984. Using money laundered in New York and Switzerland, Mr. Badalamenti bought the drugs and exported them to the United States through associates in the Midwest. They were distributed by members of the Bonanno crime family……..READ FULL STORY http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9E0CE5D9133DF930A35756C0A9629C8B63

NEW YORK (CBS) ― In a city that seems to have everything, it’s amazing what we’ll still be surprised to find. Take for example what CBS 2 HD recently uncovered going on in the back of a pizzeria.

Let’s just say it’s hotter than the pizza served up front.

On the outside, Cordatos looks like your ordinary pizzeria, but inside customers are offered something way too hot and spicy to be found on the menu.A walk through the restaurant past the pizza ovens, leads to a heavy soundproof door, where inside the back room $10 buys you a few moments of lap dancing by barely dressed exotic dancers, a dance too graphic for most newscasts.

“When you are in the Big Apple anything and everything goes,” one patron said.

The anything and everything on this menu includes extremely close body-to-body contact during the lap dance. Judging from the crowds CBS 2 HD saw during our hidden camera investigation, it’s a popular pit stop just blocks from ground zero, where construction workers and Wall Street traders find a slice of pleasure in the least likely of places.

“The guys go at lunch time,” one man said. “It’s not a bad thing either, relieves a little pressure.”

So is this New York City’s best-kept secret? Apparently not, especially to members of the NYPD’s vice unit. Three years ago, several of the dancers were arrested and charged with prostitution.

While Cordatos is licensed to serve alcohol, dancing falls under the city’s Cabaret Law, which requires a separate license, which the pizzeria does not have.

Lap dances. Yes, you read that correctly……………READ FULL STORY http://wcbstv.com/local/lap.dance.cordatos.2.245525.html