A Bonanno crime capo who carried a pillow to a mob sitdown didn’t get a soft landing at his sentencing Friday.
Nicholas (Nicky Cigars) Santora was slapped with 20 months behind bars for extortion, plus an additional four months for associating with mobsters while on release for a prior conviction.
Santora, 70, was clutching the pillow to his chest when he showed up at Tony’s Pizzeria in Corona, Queens, to represent mob associate Joseph Galante, Jr. in a sitdown over a $30,000 debt Galante owed to a mortgage broker. The associate was working for the government and secretly recording the sitdown.
Santora admitted his presence was intended to enforce — with the threat of violence — whatever decision came out of the mob meeting.
Read Rest by John Marzulli, New York Daily News