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April 30, 1980: Buffalo's mafia still among nation's most powerful

Thirty-five years ago this week, a Senate committee heard testimony that the boss of Buffalo’s mafia family had a seat with the eight other most powerful families making up a national commission setting overall policies for the underworld.

"Buffalo’s mafia is rated among 9 most powerful"

"The mafia organization in Buffalo ranks among the nine most powerful organized crime families in the United States, the FBI says."

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