Steven "Big Banks" Todaro, Jr. is an alleged Buffalo, New York organized crime figure involved in labor racketeering, loansharking, illegal gambling and narcotics


Joe Todaro, Jr. became a business agent for the Laborers' International Union of North America (LIUNA) Local 210. In 1984, Todaro, Jr. allegedly became the underboss of the Buffalo crime family after his father became the new head of the crime family, upon the retirement of his predecessor "Sam the Farmer" Salvatore Frangiamore. In 1990, Todaro, Jr. resigned as business agent of Local 210 following investigations on the local's alleged ties to organized crime.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, in 1995 Joe Todaro, Jr. assumed the day-to-day running of the Buffalo family from his father, Joseph Todaro, Sr., becoming acting boss of the crime family. However, Joseph, Sr., who moved to Florida during the mid-1990s, was still the official head of the crime family as of late 2001 according to law enforcement. Others believe that what is left of the Buffalo family is controlled by consigliere Leonard Falzone, who was rumored to have taken over as boss in 2006. Allegedly Joe Todaro, Jr. officially stepped down as underboss and caporegime Benjamin "Benny" Nicoletti, Jr. was promoted to the position, while Todaro, Jr. took his place as Falzone's new consigliere, leaving Todaro, Sr. as the crime family's influential elder statesman and councilor.

Joseph Jr. is part owner of the La Nova Pizzeria chain, one of the largest food franchises in the Buffalo area, and the #1 independent pizzeria in the United States with over $25,000,000 in pizza and chicken wing sales annually.

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