However, the commission did say
that "It is generally known that the
crime syndicate in Western New York
with which Valenti has long been identified
by law enforcement authorities
its head, Stefano Magaddino
of Niagara Falls."
"Magaddino is also known as Don
Stefano or The Old Man by members of
his group, which includes such individuals
as Peter Magaddino, Antonino
Magaddino, Joseph Bongiorno, John
Cammilleri, Fred Randaccio, Pasquale
Natarelli, Steven Cannarozzo and Samuel
Rangatore Called Courier
The commission specifically mentioned
that 57-year-old Samuel G. Rangatore
of 31st St., Niagara Falls, "has been identified
as a courier and consultant in the
Antonino Magaddino, 67, of 1528 Whitney
Ave., a brother of Stefano; Peter A.
Magaddino, 48, of 1103 22nd St., a son
of Stefano, and. Joseph S. Bongiorno, 48,
of 6831 Pine Ave., a nephew of Stefano,
were questioned by the commission about
the events of May 27, 1965.
All refused to testify on the ground
that their answers would tend to incriminate
Questioned for 45 Minutes
John Cammilleri and Rangatore, who
both testified before the commission
after being granted immunity from
prosecution, both admitted that it was
"likely" that they visited with the
Magaddinos some time on that day.
However, both denied having seen Valenti
in Niagara Falls, according to the
Rangatore was questioned for approximately
45 minutes July 7 in the offices
of his lawyers in the United Office
The commission lists the events leading
up to that interview as follows:
"For months Rangatore evaded examination
by the commission by submitting
a variety of medical excuses.
Finally, after court action by the commission
to compel his appearance, Rangatore
was examined under a grant of
"He admitted being present in
Rochester over the weekend of May 23,
1965 (the weekend Valenti met with the
detectives). However, he stated that he
did not know Valenti and did not see
him during that time. This particular
phase of the matter is still under investigation
by the commission."
The report, which was signed by commission
members Jacob Grumet./Myles
J. Lane, John W. Ryan Jr. and Goodman
A. Sarachan, centered on a scandal
that broke more than a year ago in
"It appears that gambling remained
a going and profitable business" in that
city, the bi-partisan commission said.
Commenting on Valenti's background,
the commission said that when he returned
to Rochester in the fall of 1964,
it was his intention to re-establish himself
as the leader of syndicate operations
in the Rochester area.
"As a first step," the report said, "he
sought and obtained the approval of the
syndicate leader 'Don' Stefano Magaddino
of Niagara Falls."
The commission added that the principal
phase of its operation was to be
an organization of bookmakers who
were to pay a percentage of their profits
to the syndicate in return for "protection"
which Valenti offered to provide.
Worked Under Magaddino
"Evidence obtained during the commission's
that Valenti had a fertile and productive
field in which to operate . . ."
In another reference to Stefano
Magaddino, in the report, the commission
said there is "no reason to doubt
the general accuracy" of a report that
Valenti was directly under Magaddino
in the organizational structure of the
Western New York criminal syndicate.
Valenti was placed in that position
by Lucian Digiovanni, formerly detective
supervisor of the Rochester Vice
It was Digiovanni and Det. John
Lipari who met with Valenti in Rochester.
The report called the meeting "misconduct
of the most serious nature," on
the part of the police officers, and said
it warranted strict disciplinary action.
But "that was not done," the report
Digiovanni and Lipari were dropped
from duty and submitted their resignations
during the furor when the case
first became public. However, they were
later put back on the police force.