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Since the 1990s it had been predicted by local law enforcement, the media, and crime writers who keep a close watch on the Western New York underworld that was the most likely successor to his father as the next Buffalo Mafia boss. He had been acting boss since roughly 1995, but as recently as late 2006 there was a rumor circulating that the Todaros, and Joseph Todaro Jr. officially retired from active participation in Buffalo Mafia activities and affairs and have officially elevated consigliere Leonard Falzone and capo Benjamin "Sonny" Nicolletti Jr. to the positions of boss and underboss, respectively.

The Buffalo Mafia's base of power has been the City of , for the last century, but the group has also had criminal interests and satellite groups, or "crews", in other areas, such as , and in upstate New York; eastern ; ; and the southern cities of , and .


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Capo was present and was arrested alongside his fellow Buffalo mafiosi, Todaro Sr. was so outraged over the arrest and the fact that Panaro's Lounge lost its liquor license and went out of business that it motivated him to launch a lawsuit against the local FBI alleging they were "discriminating against people of Italian descent". Joseph Todaro, Sr.'s actions were supported by the former Italian American Civil Rights League (IACRL) formed by former New York boss, , but the lawsuit was eventually dismissed. Another huge blow was dealt to the Buffalo Mafia by law enforcement in mid 1967 when acting boss and favored successor to the boss's crown, Freddie Randaccio, was arrested along with capo and right-hand man, Patsy Natarelli, on June 29, 1967 on charges of planning an armed robbery due to the collaboration of the first known Buffalo defector, soldier Pasquale "Paddy" Calabrese. Calabrese's testimony sent Randaccio and Natarelli to prison on December 11, 1967, when they were convicted and sentenced to a 20-year prison term. It is alleged by former FBI agent and author Joe Griffin in his book, "Mob Nemesis" that took over as acting underboss for approximately a year after Randaccio was arrested. Freddie Randaccio was one of the most powerful and influential Buffalo Mafia members in the 1950s and 60s and would most certainly have taken over the crime family when Magaddino retired, but instead he spent 12 years in prison and was paroled on June 28, 1979, and never again was a prominent member of the Western New York underworld, as he retired to live out his last years in the Buffalo area and then died sometime later.