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Once again he'd loyalties, and he'd done so without suffering a beating or wasting too much time in jail. Once again he'd shown his mettle, and once again the display had cost him almost nothing. As the 1960s were beginning, Paul Castellano was already nearing the top of his profession, and the ride that was taking him there had been very earned favors and cemented nearly a free one. \TER, as the 1980s were beginning, was still in progress, and at the Brookl) n-Queens Resident Agency of the FBI, on Queens Boule\ard in Rego Park, certain people were beginCastellano's free ride ning to feel it had gone on far too long.
In 1957, the Mob was in thorough disarray, rife with internal conflicts. Vying for supremacy were Frank Costello a suave man known for his uncanny way with politicians, and for being ahead of his time in using Mob money to gain a foothold in legitimate enterprises, where said money might be laundered and Vito Genovese much more the old-time mobster, better-connected in Italy, and master of the traditional numbers and shylocldng rackets. While Costello's methods would largely shape the modem Mafia in general and Paul Castellano's leadership style in particular, the personal victory would go to the more decisive and brutal Genovese.
Widi the noise, the twinkling lights, the clash of perfumes and cigarette smoke, Regine's was New York decadence personified. An FBI guy, Andy Kurins admitted to himself, felt a little ill at ease there. His suit did not have a designer label. He did not have a large number of acquaintances to wave at and blow kisses to. He didn't dance. So he went to the bar, nursed a drink, and waited for Tommy Agro. Agro had been a "made guy" in the Gambino family since 1975 or 1976, and while he would never be more than a street-level soldier, certain privileged relationships allowed for an unusual amount of communication between him and Paul Castellano.