During Stefano Monastero regime as boss in the late 1920s, he rivaled other Pittsburgh gangs and a Chicago gang, he and his brother were eventually murdered on August 4, 1929. Giuseppe "Yeast Baron" Siragusa regime as boss was cut-short do to his allegiance to the Castellammarese Clan in New York City, he was murdered on September 13, 1931 days after Salvatore Maranzano was murdered.
Bazzano vs. the Volpe brothers
After the murder of Siragusa, the family came under the control of Sicilian John Bazzano, who was selling sugar and yeast to home breweries allowing them to manufacture illegal alcohol. Bazzano formed an alliance with the eight Volpe brothers which he allowed to operate out of a coffee shop in Middle Hill. The Volpe brothers already had control over the Neapolitian faction and illegal rackets throughout the Turtle Creek Valley and Wilmerding. The alliance ended when the Volpe brothers began expanding into East Liberty and the North Side, Bazzano sent a hit-team on July 29, 1932 murdering three of the Volpe brothers. The surviving Volpe brothers went to the Commission in New York and it was decided Bazzano would be held responsible for his unsanctioned hit. Bazzano's body was found on August 8, 1932 in Red Hook, Brooklyn he had been stabbed and strangled to death.
The LaRocca era
Boss John Sebastian LaRocca
Vincenzo Capizzi, became the new boss after Bazzano's murder, but he eventually resigned in 1937, and was replaced by Frank Amato. As boss Amato, began expanding his influence over the gambling rackets in and around Allegheny County, but in 1956 he became ill and resigned becoming underboss.
Since the bootlegging and ammunition trading industries were finished, Genovese turned to gambling and drugs. By this time, around the 1980s, the mob was slowly losing its influence on the government so the FBI quickly saw the path the Mafia was about to take and so the FBI pursued them. The FBI quickly traced Genovese's cocaine trail to his top men, Charles "Chucky" Porter and Louis Raucci Sr. Another challenge the mob had was finding new people for the Family at this time. The two chosen were Joseph Naples and Lenine "Lenny" Strollo who were inducted in 1987. However the major fall the Mafia took over the years and decline of political and governmental power led to the murder of Naples by an unknown mobster believed to be Strollo in 1991 and the arrest of Thomas Ciancutti in 2000 for "running a gambling ring in Fayette County". Strollo has denied having been the culprit behind the murder of Joey Naples.
After the conviction of the top members in the late 1990s and the death of many important members in the last decade the family has few members left.
1988–1991 – Joey Naples – protege of Prato, he was murdered in 1991
1991–1999 – Lenine "Lenny" Strollo – nephew of Prato, imprisoned and defected to the government in 1999.
Boss – Thomas "Sonny" Ciancutti – took over Kelly Mannarino's New Kensington gambling rackets. In 2002, Ciancutti was given probation for controlling gambling operations in Allegheny and Fayette counties.
Underboss – Robert "Bobby I" Iannelli – controls a sports bookmaking operation; he also took over Tony Grosso's old numbers and illegal gambling operation.
Frank Amato – a former boss Amato controlled rackets in New Kensington and West Virginia he expanded the crime family's territory throughout Allegheny County. He stepped down as boss becoming Underboss to LaRocca. He died in 1973.
Sebastian "John" LaRocca – a former boss. Under LaRocca's leadership the crime family became a powerful force in Pittsburgh's labor unions. He established rackets in Ohio, while sharing some of the illegal income with the Cleveland crime family. LaRocca also formed an agreement with Tampa crime family boss Santo Trafficante operating casinos in Havana, Cuba. In 1957, LaRocca attended the Appalachian conference with Michael James Genovese and Gabriel "Kelly" Mannarino. He later died on December 3, 1984.
Michael James Genovese – a former boss. Genovese leadership the crime family became involved drug distribution in the Midwest and Northeast. His crime family also took control over rackets in Ohio after the Cleveland crime family members were imprisoned. Genovese also had members attempt to infiltrate an Indian casino near San Diego. His crime family also tried to take control of the McKees Rocks gambling rackets. After the 1990s defection of his underboss Charles Porter and capo Lenny Strollo, Genovese's family lost power. He stayed boss until his death in 2006 at the age of 87.
John Bazzano Jr. – a former boss. Bazzano's father John Sr. was boss of the Pittsburgh family before beining murdered in 1932. During the 1950s, he joined his father-in-law Antonio Ripepi crew operating gambling rackets in the Monongahela Valley. Bazzano was released from prison in 1981 and was promoted to capo controlling Kelly Mannarino's old crew. He later became underboss to Genovese and became boss in 2006. On July 28, 2008 Bazzano Jr. died.
Joseph "Jo Jo" Pecora – a former underboss who controlled gambling rackets in West Virginia, he was imprisoned from 1979-1983 on illegal gambling charges and died in 1987
Gabriel "Kelly" Mannarino – a former capo who controlled the New Kensington rackets. He died on July 18, 1980 from cancer.
Antonio Ripepi – a former capo who controlled Monongahela Valley gambling, with his son-in-law John Bazzano Jr.; he died in 2000.
Pasquale "Pat" Ferruccio – a former capo who operated in Ohio, Kentucky and Pennsylvania. He worked with the Cleveland family and died in 2006.
Geno "Eugene" Chiarelli – a former soldier. He was released from prison in 2008. Chiarelli died on June 14, 2012.
Antony "Tony" Grosso – controlled gambling operations in the Pittsburgh area, the FBI never categorized Grosso as an organized crime member. Grosso was linked to Chuckie Porter, and he had ties to the Pittsburgh political system allowing him to run his organization unscathed for many years and unconnected to organized crime. He was eventually arrested by law enforcement and he served significant jail time, ultimately dying while incarcerated. His organization has no members left operating in the Pittsburgh area today. Grosso's antics were so legendary Hollywood loosely based the movie "Lucky Numbers" starring John Travolta on them.