Joseph Riccobono

Joseph S. Riccobono (April 23, 1894- died 1975) also known as "Staten Island Joe" and "Joe Bono", was the Consigliere of the Gambino crime family and a longtime associate of legendary mafioso Carlo Gambino.


Riccobono was born in Palermo, Sicily. He was made consigliere of the newly renamed Gambino crime family in 1957 after Joseph Biondo was elevated to Underboss. He served in the position of Consigliere until 1967 under Carlo Gambino who rose to the position of boss after the murder of Albert Anastasia. Riccobono had an arrest record dating back to 1936, which included; arrests for concealed weapon, conspiracy and extortion. Riccobono generated his wealth from the garment industry and dealing in jewellery and furs. He owned Christine Dresses and Toni-Bell Dresses. Riccobono was a former member of the NYC Louis Buchalter mob, under whom he most probbly got involved in labor racketeering in the garment district industry. He allegedly attended the ill-fated Apalachin Conference of mob bosses from across America with Gambino, Biondo and Paul Castellano. In 1967, Riccobono reportedly retired or was either replaced as Consigliere of the Gambino family by Joseph N. Gallo.

Riccobono, the reputed mafia chieftain, died at St. Vincent's Medical Center on Staten Island at age 81.

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