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Old 07-10-2007, 12:01 AM
 
Location: Bay View, Milwaukee
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Are there any cities in the U.S. where the Italian or any other mafia is said to have significant influence on business or civic affairs?
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Old 07-10-2007, 12:04 AM
 
Location: St. Louis, MO
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Ummm...lol...not anymore, but I can name cities in which Mafia activity once was siginificantly big. A bunch of 'em in fact...first off..obviously Chicago and New York, Miami, Cleveland, Youngstown, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Boston, St. Louis, Detroit, Kansas City, Milwaukee, Memphis, Los Angeles, San Francisco, New Orleans...all of these cities I know had Mafia activity in them at some point. And I'm sure we are only touching the tip of the iceberg here. Not sure if the Twin Cities had Mafia activity in them or not but I would imagine they did.
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Old 07-10-2007, 01:11 AM
 
Location: Jacksonville,Florida
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Are there any cities in the U.S. where the Italian or any other mafia is said to have significant influence on business or civic affairs?
My roommate says that Providence,Rhode Island(where he's from) there is a lot of Italian and mafia influence. The smallest state with the biggest crooks.
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Old 07-10-2007, 01:56 AM
 
Location: Anywhere but here!
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Being that I only live 90 miles from there, I would have to say that Las Vegas (and most of Nevada most likely) has a pretty good mafia thing going on . May or may not be Italian or any other ethnicity, but I think the mafia is still prevalent in Nevada.
I have also heard that certain parts of Southern California has some Mexican mafia, but don't hold me to that, that is just hearsay.
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Old 07-10-2007, 02:47 AM
 
Location: In exile, plotting my coup
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For all intents and purposes, the Italian Mafia pretty much extinguished itself awhile back. There's still a low presence in some of their old stomping grounds in certain neighborhoods, but nothing like it used to be where they wield heavy power over the local businesses or are in bed with corrupt politicians (although I'm sure there's still a few with some "questionable" dealings). There are however rising numbers of "other" sorts of mob activity in many cities, notably the Russian mob, particularly in parts of Brooklyn. They don't seem to me however to really be entering into the civic/political mix like the Italian mafia of yore though. They sort of just do their own thing without getting heavily involved in actual community issues.
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Old 07-10-2007, 08:08 AM
 
Location: The great state of New Hampshire
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Without a doubt, it is Providence, RI as well as adjacent suburbs like Cranston and Warwick where if you aren't Italian, you aren't family... if you aren't union, you better dam well appreciate em...and where if you don't like corrupt government, then you better keep your yapper shut or else you may end up on a hit list. I believe the popular former mayor, old Buddy Cianci just finished his prison term for amongst other things, assaulting his former lover with a fire log.
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Old 07-10-2007, 08:18 AM
 
Location: Scarsdale, NY
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Ummm...lol...not anymore, but I can name cities in which Mafia activity once was siginificantly big. A bunch of 'em in fact...first off..obviously Chicago and New York, Miami, Cleveland, Youngstown, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Boston, St. Louis, Detroit, Kansas City, Milwaukee, Memphis, Los Angeles, San Francisco, New Orleans...all of these cities I know had Mafia activity in them at some point. And I'm sure we are only touching the tip of the iceberg here. Not sure if the Twin Cities had Mafia activity in them or not but I would imagine they did.
LA, but no Vegas? Almost every city has had the mafia in them, but places like LA and Memphis had maybe one family.

The 5 Big Ones:
NYC--they're still here
Chicago
Boston
Philly
Vegas
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Old 07-10-2007, 08:37 AM
 
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Definitely still alive and well in the NYC area. There is also presence in Connecticut, specifically Fairfield County (which is metro NYC). They still rule the garbage business round these parts. I also agree that Providence still has a decent mafia presence. It's just not as obvious as it used to be.
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Old 07-10-2007, 08:40 AM
 
Location: NJ
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where I grew up in urban NJ. not sure anymore, but i'd venture to say the "rackets" The Sopranos dabbled in (garbage, etc) still exist today. I used to live on the 2nd floor of a house owned by a mob guy (who lived on the 1st), my parents were good friends with him, he helped my parents buy their first house.
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Old 07-10-2007, 08:55 AM
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I knew the children of some suspected mob guys when I was a teenager up but we didn't talk about, the kids were pretty normal and didn't go that route (now I can't even remember the one guy's name and probably couldn't find them if I tried). Now it seems like the Russian and Ukrainian organized crime element is a bit more to be reckoned with.
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