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Dominic D’Agostino

Niagara Falls Mafioso

Published by Robert Grey Reynolds Jr. at Smashwords

Copyright 2018 by Robert Grey Reynolds Jr.

Born in Italy Dominick (Dominic) D’Agostino (1894 or December 1889-August 18, 1970) became a U.S. citizen in 1927. He immigrated to the United States from Italy in 1909. In 1920 he worked as a varnisher in a Herkimer, New York desk factory.

A native of Reggio, Calabria, Italy, beginning in 1930 Dominick was arrested for income tax evasion and contempt. He was a top lieutenant of the Magaddino crime family of western New York. This syndicate was led by Stefano the Undertaker Magaddino (1891-1974) of Niagara Falls and western New York.

D’Agostino’s home addresses were Dewey Avenue, Herkimer (1920), 419 First Street, Niagara Falls (1931) and 2232 Grand Avenue, Niagara Falls (1938).

In 1961 D’Agostino was found innocent on two counts of income tax evasion. However, the jury couldn’t decide on two other charges of a four-count indictment. Two additional charges were later dismissed.

In 1963 Mafioso Joseph Michael Joe Cargo Valachi (1904-1971) identified Niagara Falls resident Dominick D’Agostino as a Stefano Magaddino associate. Speaking before a United States Senate Committee probing organized crime, Valachi tied D’Agostino to the notorious western New York La Cosa Nostra boss.

Joe Cargo also named D’Agostino as one of fifty-eight upper echelon hoodlums who attended the notorious upstate New York Apalachin meeting of November 14, 1957. Dominick was one of six western New York gangsters who were present at the conclave. Following his refusal to testify D’Agostino was charged with contempt by a Tioga County Grand Jury. A court had subpoenaed him to appear along with Magaddino capo Rosario Roy Carlisi (1909-1980), Sam Lagattuta of Buffalo and fifty-five others who had attended Apalachin. D’Agostino had been offered immunity in return for his testimony.


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