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May 21, 1959: Three WNYers among mafia leaders tied to Apalachin meeting

The Buffalo Evening News headline blares that two noted Western New York businessmen, each with long-suspected ties to organized crime in Buffalo, Niagara Falls and around the country, were indicted after police accidentally broke up a suspected secret meeting of the nation’s top mafia bosses. A third man with ties to the area was among those facing trouble.

John Montana was a Buffalo politician and owner of the Van Dyke taxicab service. Steve Magaddino was a funeral home director in Niagara Falls. A third Western New York man, James V. LaDuca of Lewiston, was also charged. Magaddino and LaDuca could not be found and were termed fugitives.

The discovery of the meeting at Apalachin, N.Y., was a huge blow to the mob nationally and in cities such as Buffalo, Detroit and Milwaukee.

The news was so big that it left dwarfed the coverage of presumed presidential candidate John F. Kennedy’s visit to Buffalo.

"Montana, Magaddino, LaDuca indicted as U.S. rounds up Apalachin figures"

"When he came out of the woods at Apalachin, Montana insisted that his presence at the big gathering of gangland figures was all an embarrassing coincidence."

21 may 1959 front page


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