Robert "Bobby" Panaro, Jr., born March 13, 1962, was the boss of the Buffalo crime family with his base of operations in Buffalo, New York.
Panaro was born in Buffalo, New York, and divides his time between Buffalo and on the East Coast, where he represents the Buffalo crime family's interests. Panaro is related to late Buffalo family boss Joseph Todaro, Sr. through marriage.
Like Leonard Falzone and other members of the Buffalo mob, Panaro was ousted from Laborers Local 210 in Buffalo, New York for allegedly associating with organized crime figures.
Panaro, who had no previous criminal record. was first arrested and tried in 1995 along with Stephen "The Whale" Cino, for planning the murder of Chicago Outfit associate and Las Vegas loanshark, Herbert "Fat Herbie" Blitzstein in 1993.
According to media reports the two were allegedly part of a joint effort by the Buffalo-Todaro and the Los Angeles-Milano crime families led by Peter Milano to set up gambling and loansharking operations in Las Vegas. Blitzstein ran a large and lucrative loansharking operation that Panaro and Cino allegedly wished to take over.
Panaro was acquitted of charges relating to the murder and denied being a member of the mafia. In 1998 he was, however, sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison for conspiring to extort Blitzstein.
Precise information is scarce, but after Joseph Todaro, Sr. retired as the Buffalo family's boss in 2006, he left the leadership to Leonard Falzone. In 2012 Falzone supposedly stepped down and Bobby Panaro took over, who in 2016 was succeeded by Anthony Lupiania Todaro.