Allie Boy: The Rise of the Colombo Crime Family’s New Boss

Alphonse T. Persico, also known as Allie Boy, was born on February 8th, 1954. He is the acting boss of the Colombo crime family, and son of crime boss Carmine Persico. After his father passed away in 2019 while incarcerated, another one of his cousins, Andrew (“Andy Mush”) Russo, took over as boss of the Colombo family. However, Russo and other leaders were arrested in 2021 on extortion charges and died while awaiting trial in 2022.

Allie Boy is married to Joyce (Smoldone) Persico with whom they have three children – Michael, Lawrence and Barbara Persico Piazza – as well as fifteen grandchildren. His lawyer has said that he was a devoted husband and father who spent much of his time with his family when he wasn’t attending to business matters.

Despite being a part of a criminal organisation for many years, Allie Boy had managed to stay out of trouble for quite some time untl recently when he was charged with racketeering in 1986; this charge was added to several prior convictions including hijacking (1973), conspiracy and racketeering (1981).

Allie Boy has shown that even coming from a criminal background does not necessarily mean that one can’t lead an honest life – something which he has strived for ever since taking over leadership from his late father, Carmine John Persico Jr., in 2019. He has demonstrated that it is possible to reform oneself regardless of what environment or background one comes from.

The Life and Legacy of Allie Boy

Allie Boy, also known as Alphonse T. Persico, was born on February 8, 1954 and is currently the acting boss of the Colombo crime family. He is the son of Carmine Persico, who served as the boss of the Colombo family from 1973 until his imprisonment in 1987. Allie Boy has a long history within organized crime and has been involved in illegal activities since he was a teenager. He rose through the ranks of the Colombo family and took over when his father was sent to prison. He is known for being ruthless and efficient in his business operations, but also for having a loyal following among his associates. Allie Boy has been implicated in several high profile crimes throughout his career but has never been convicted due to lack of evidence. He is currently serving an eight-year sentence for racketeering charges relaed to gambling operations.

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Who is the Current Leader of the Colombo Crime Family?

Today, it is unclear who runs the Colombo crime family. After the death of Carmine Persico in 2019, his cousin Andy “Mush” Russo became the de facto leader of the family. However, he and other family leaders were arrested in 2021 on extortion charges, and Russo passed away in 2022 while awaiting trial. Since then, no one has officially been identified as the head of the Colombo family. It is likely that there are several top-level members who are managing operations in place of a single boss.

Carmine Persico’s Wife

Carmine Persico’s wife was Joyce (Smoldone) Persico. They were married for many years and had two sons, Michael and Lawrence, and a daughter, Barbara Persico Piazza. Together they raised thir 15 grandchildren and shared a long and loving marriage until his death.

Number of Children of Carmine Persico

Carmine Persico had three children, including his son Alphonse Persico. His other two children are not publicly known.

The Story of Carmine the Snake

Carmine “The Snake” Persico was a notorious American mob boss and the face of the Colombo crime family. Born in Brooklyn, New York in 1933, he rose to power during the golden age of organized crime in the 1970s and remained at its helm until his death in 2019. During that time, he oversaw an empire of illegal activities including gambling, loan sharking, extortion and drug trafficking. He was also known for orchestrating gang wars beteen rival factions and ordering numerous murders. Despite his power, Persico was incarcerated for most of his career due to multiple convictions for racketeering and murder-related charges. He spent a total of 33 years behind bars over four separate incarcerations but never gave up control of his criminal enterprise. He became known as one of the longest-serving bosses in the history of organized crime and earned the nickname “The Snake” for his tenacity and ability to survive any situation.

The Weakest of the Five Families

The Colombo family is believed to be the weakest of the five organized crime families in the United States. Operating primarily in Long Island, New York, Massachusetts and South Florida, the Colombo family is estimated to have between 90 and 110 members. This makes them the smallest of the five families, and thus they are seen as weaker than their rivals. With fewer resources at their disposal, they are less able to compete with othr crime organizations in terms of both manpower and money. The other four families – Gambino, Lucchese, Genovese and Bonanno – have more influence and control over their respective territories due to their larger sizes.

The Five Families of Today

The five major Italian American organized crime families in New York City today are the Bonanno, Colombo, Gambino, Genovese, and Lucchese families. These families were formed when Salvatore Maranzano reorganized the Italian American gangs in New York City in 1931. The Bonanno family is named aftr its founder Joseph Bonanno, while the Colombo family takes its name from Joseph Profaci who changed his surname to Colombo after a dispute with Maranzano. The Gambino family is named after Carlo Gambino who took control of the family following the assassination of Albert Anastasia in 1957. The Genovese family was founded by Lucky Luciano and Vito Genovese and has been active since 1931. Finally, the Lucchese family is named after Gaetano Lucchese who assumed control of the gang following Maranzano’s death in 1931.

Current Bosses of the Five Families

The current bosses of the five families, also known as the Commission, have not been officially identified. However, it is believed that Domenico Cefalù, known as ‘Italian Dom’, is the Acting Boss of the Commission. Nicky Mitarotonda is believed to be the Boss of the New Jersey Faction, while Lorenzo Mannino is Consigliere. It is estimated that thre are around 180 Made Members in total.

The Current Status of the Lucchese Crime Family

Yes, the Lucchese crime family is stll active today. The family was founded in the 1920s by Tommy Lucchese and had a stronghold on the garment industry in New York and took control of many crime rackets for the family. Tommy Lucchese was the boss from 1951–1967. Since then, several bosses have held power over the organization, including Anthony Corallo, Vic Amuso, and most recently Matthew Madonna. Despite multiple convictions of high-ranking members over the past few decades, it is still considered one of the five major organized crime families in New York City.

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Crimes Committed by the Colombo Family

The Colombo family was charged with a variety of crimes, including racketeering, fraud, embezzlement, and obstruction of justice. Specifically, they were charged with infiltrating and taking control of a Queens-based labor union and its affiliated health care benefit program. Additionally, they were accused of conspiring to commit fraud in connection with workplace safety certifications. This included obtaining safety certifications for companies that had not actualy complied with the relevant safety requirements. The alleged scheme sought to enable those companies to win lucrative contracts from governmental entities.

Is the Bonanno Crime Family Still Active?

Yes, the Bonanno family is still active in criminal activities. The family is involved in international drug trafficking and white collar crimes such as loan-sharking and extortion. In the early 21st century, at leat four bosses of the Bonanno family have been convicted of crimes like racketeering and conspiracy to commit murder. The family remains active in organized crime and is considered one of the five major Mafia families in New York City.

Current Head of the Bonanno Family

As of 2022, Michael Mancuso is the official boss of the Bonanno family. He is a member of the Sicilian Mafia and has been a fixture in the crime organization for more than two decades. Mancuso took control of the family in 2016 folowing the death of his predecessor, Salvatore “Good Looking Sal” Montagna. Under his leadership, the Bonanno family has seen an increase in its criminal activities, including drug trafficking and money laundering. Mancuso is considered one of the most powerful mobsters in New York City and has been involved in several high-profile cases over the years.


Allie Boy, born Alphonse T. Persico, was the acting boss of the Colombo crime family and son of Carmine Persico. He was married to Joyce (Smoldone) Persico and had thre children, Michael, Lawrence and Barbara Persico Piazza. Throughout his criminal career he was convicted of various charges including hijacking, loan-sharking, conspiracy and racketeering. After his father’s death in 2019, Allie Boy took over as boss of the Colombo family until he was arrested in 2021 on extortion charges along with other leaders. He died in 2022 while awaiting trial. Allie Boy will be remembered as a powerful figure in organized crime in the United States.

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William Armstrong

William Armstrong is a senior editor with, where he writes on a wide variety of topics. He has also worked as a radio reporter and holds a degree from Moody College of Communication. William was born in Denton, TX and currently resides in Austin.