Mr. Anonymous (no login) Posted Jan 17, 2009 5:16 AM
I think TJ isn't as much denying, but stating that the Westies as we know it, and the ones in his book, do not exist. That isn't to say there isn't organized crime in Hell's Kitchen following their convictions, the Mullan investigation is a great example. I think he just meant for them to say Bosko is the 'head' of the Westies is overblown as there was no organization to run. Also there was never two factions, both parties were operating individually and in completely different rackets, and without an organization.
Bosko was being used as Jimmy Coonan's connection to the Gambino's involving mutual construction dealings. He was introduced as the 'leader' of the Westies to Gravano and later DiLeonardo so he would seem important during their business, when in reality he was just one of the only close and loyal friends of Coonan who wasn't locked up. When Gravano and DiLeonardo flipped they identified him and that is why he was named as he was in the indictments.
Also, the Mullan articles are a great example of how business was after Coonan went away. A lot of individuals doing their own thing. McCann had been around for along time in his union role and tried to branch out and take control of neighborhood loansharking, but he was really one of many operators, and frankly loansharking in that neighborhood ain't what it used to be. The Javits was really his bread and butter, and they wasn't as much 'new westies' as there was his little circle which had been at the Javits since it opened. These guys weren't killers and gangsters like the real Westies though. The articles just got a little overblown. Everyone pled out over the charges and McCann Sr. was the only one who did time and it was for robbing benefits.