August 11, 2019 — The Philadelphia mafia’s acting boss Joseph (Uncle Joe) Ligambi is retiring, according to the newest episode of Mob Talk Sitdown on the YouTube. Ligambi has headed day-to-day affairs for the Bruno-Scarfo crime family for the most of the last two decades. Philly mobologists Dave Schratwieser and George Anastasia host the on-line series which evolved from their popular television news segment on the city’s Fox affiliate for years.
The crime family held a combined retirement party and 80th birthday party for Ligambi at Memories nightclub on the Jersey Shore last week per sources, a soirée attended by the entire rank and file and probably the prying eyes of the FBI. Sources tell Gangster Report Ligambi’s nephew and longtime Philly mob administrator George (Georgie Boy) Borgesi, 57, planned the bash and will succeed Ligambi as acting boss of the borgata
Georgie Boy Borgesi’s childhood best friend Joseph (Skinny Joey) Merlino, has been at the helm of the mafia in Philly in some form or another since the 1990s. Borgesi was Merlino’s consigliere from the late-1990s into the early 2000s when they both went to federal prison for racketeering.
Fresh off finishing his own 10-year prison term, Uncle Joe Ligambi became Merlino’s acting boss in the summer of 1999 and stabilized an organization being torn apart from within by infighting and violence. For the first half of the 1990s, Merlino fought a war for power in the crime family with Sicilian-born don John Stanfa where bodies were dropping on a regular basis across South Philly. Stanfa was jailed for racketeering and murder in 1994. Merlino, Borgesi and several of their loyalists beat murder charges at a heavily publicized 2001 trial.
A well-liked bartender and bookie, Ligambi was brought into the mob by Merlino’s father, Salvatore (Chuckie) Merlino, who was the underboss of the Bruno-Scarfo clan in the 1980s.
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