Gaetano Reina was boss of the New York Mafia Family that today is called the Luchese Family from the 1920s until he was shot to death on a Bronx Street on Feb. 26,1930. After his death Joe the Boss Masseria inserted Bonaventura (Joseph) Pinzolo as the head of the Family. On Sept. 5,1930 men loyal to Tommy Gagliano murdered Pinzolo in his Manhattan business office. After Pinzolo’s murder Gagliano took control of the Family. Reina was the first New York City Mafia boss murdered during the notorious Castellammarese War. Reina’s daughter was the wife of Mafia turncoat Joe Valachi.
- May, 21, 1889
- February, 26, 1930