Fateful 1976 mob NYC mob Commission vote to admit new members marked a Mafia turning point in retrospect

The Colombo family, on the rebound from a long internecine battle pitting its leadership against the insurgent “Crazy Joey” Gallo faction, quickly inducted 10 men on Feb. 5, 1976, the report indicated. Among the new recruits was Thomas (Shorty) Spero, killed four years later by a Genovese family associate who would eventually testify against his boss Vincent (Chin) Gigante.