The Commission (American Mafia)

The Commission is the governing body of the Italian-American Mafia, formed in 1931 by Charles "Lucky" Luciano following the Castellammarese War.[1] The Commission replaced the title of capo di tutti i capi ("boss of all bosses"), held by Salvatore Maranzano before his murder, with a ruling committee that consists of the bosses of the Five Families of New York City, as well as the bosses of the Chicago Outfit and, at various times, the leaders of smaller families, such as Buffalo, Philadelphia, Detroit, and others. The purpose of the Commission was to oversee all Mafia activities in the United States and serve to mediate conflicts among families.

The Commission
Charles "Lucky" Luciano, the founder of the Commission
Founded byCharles Luciano
Founding locationNew York City, New York, United States
Years active1931–present
TerritoryNew York City, Chicago, and other Mafia-stronghold areas in the United States
EthnicitySicilians, Sicilian Americans, Italians, Italian Americans hold seats

Throughout the history of the Commission, the body has been involved in several incidents including the Apalachin meeting in 1957, a plot to kill several members of the Commission in 1963, and the Mafia Commission Trial in 1985.


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