"Sammy G": Home Town Gangster

Oct 14, 2009 - by Allan May - 0 Comments

Salvatore Gingello

Salvatore Gingello
Salvatore Gingello was the most colorful gangland figure in Rochester’s organized crime history. His quick rise to fame and sensational ending was characteristic of the Rochester mob itself.

by Allan May

Salvatore Gingello was the most colorful gangland figure in Rochester’s organized crime history. His quick rise to fame and sensational ending was characteristic of the Rochester mob itself.

Born in Rochester, N.Y., in 1939, Gingello spent his entire life there. Called Sonny as a child, Gingello disliked the nickname and let people know it by being the toughest kid in the Bay Street neighborhood where he grew up.

Gang warfare began in Rochester shortly after the Appalachian Summit in November 1957. It would take almost three decades to play out. Constenze "Stanley" Valenti was the recognized boss of the city. Stanley was sentenced to 16 months in prison in August 1958. In his absence, Jake Russo began to take control of the Rochester rackets. When Stanley’s brother Frank, an ambitious capo in the Pittsburgh Crime Family tried to intercede, he found himself convicted on an election fraud charge and was sentenced to three years probation, but told to stay out of the state.

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