Local author Michael F. Rizzo will speak about his new book, "Gangsters and Organized Crime in Buffalo," at the next Historical Association of Lewiston meeting, on Monday, Oct. 29, at First Presbyterian Church, 505 Cayuga St. The free event begins at 6:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served.
Hear how Western New York has housed its fair share of crime lords and mobsters. While many were nothing more than common criminals or bank robbers, a powerful crime family headed by local boss Stefano Magaddino emerged in the 1920s. Proximity to Canada, Niagara Falls and Buffalo were perfect avenues through which to transport booze, and Magaddino and his Mafiosi maintained a stranglehold on this area until his death in 1974.
Books will be available to purchase and Rizzo will be on hand to sign them.