Anthony Ciccone

Anthony "Sonny" Ciccone (pronounced "chee-KOH-neh") (born July 19, 1934) is a New York mobster and a captain of the Gambino crime family. For over twenty years, Ciccone controlled the Staten Island and Brooklyn waterfronts.


Ciccone was born on July 19th 1934 to Sebastian Ciccone and Gelsamina Piccolla from Pacentro, Italy. One sister, Rosaria. Before his incarceration, Ciccone briefly lived in Springfield, New York.

After Castellano's assassination in 1985, new family boss John Gotti replaced Anthony Scotto, who previously held control over the family's waterfront labor rackets, with Ciccone.

On December 19, 1991, in a consent decree to a civil suit brought by the federal government, Ciccone agreed to resign his posts with Local 1814 of the International Longshoremen's Association (ILA). This decree also barred Ciccone from participating in any ILA or waterfront activities.

In 1996 he took over control of some of James "Jimmy Brown" Failla's rackets in Brooklyn after he was sent to prison on racketeering charges. From 2000 until 2001, Ciccone helped direct a Gambino bookmaking racket in Costa Rica.

On June 4, 2002, Ciccone was indicted on charges of exerting illegal control over ILA locals 1 and 1814, in violation of the 1991 consent decree. Ciccone was also accused of attempting to extort money from actor Steven Seagal with boss Peter Gotti. On March 17, 2003, Ciccone was convicted on extortion charges. In February 2008 at a resentencing hearing a judge shaved almost three years off his fifteen year sentence, noting his commitment to his immediate family and the fact that he and Ciccone were both 74 years old at the time.

As of October 2011, Ciccone was serving his sentence at the Fort Dix Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) in Fort Dix, New Jersey. He was released on April 24, 2013.

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