D'Amico ran his own gang based in Newark, New Jersey. He rivaled other family's for power and control of illegal rackets in Newark. His ran family controlled bootlegging and gambling operations throughout the early 1920s. In 1935, Vincenzo Troia a former associate of Salvatore Maranzano conspired to take over the Newark family and was murdered. Two years later in 1937, D'Amico fled the United States after a failed assassination attempt on his life that was ordered by Joe Profaci. The Commission decided to divide up his territory among the Five Families and Badami's Elizabeth family.