One of the Albanian Mafia members who was arrested in 2004 was Angelo DiPietro (Fat Angelo), Sagamore Road, Hopewell Junction, he lived until recently in Mount Vernon and was the former owner of Sue's Rendezvous, a strip club in Mount Vernon, NY. The Albanian Mafia rule in New York City is so well known and wide open that the recent "Grand Theft Auto IV" and Grand Theft Auto WIKI games are patterned on their violence....the Albanian mob has taken over the operations of the Lucchese (Italian Mafia) family in Astoria (Queens). A 1996 murder of a waiter, Jonathon Segal, and a bouncer, Michael Greco, in New York's Scores (strip joint) restaurant illustrates the indifference and haste with which Albanian assassins kill: two ethnic Albanians employed as Gambino family assassins opened fire on the waiter and bouncer after instigating an argument over quality of service they got in the restaurant.
Interpol stated that “Kosovo Albanian Mafia hold the largest share of the heroin market in Switzerland, in Austria, in Belgium, in Germany, in Hungary, in the Czech Republic, in Norway, and in Sweden.” The head of Sweden’s anti drug unit believes that the gangs supplied “hundreds, maybe thousands, of kilos of heroin” to the Scandinavian countries. The Albanian Muslim Mafia clans are dispersed in Kosovo and Macedonia as well as Albania proper.
NEW YORK - Nearly seven years after terrorists took down the World Trade Center's twin towers, police officials have embarked on an ambitious plan to secure the new development that is finally sprouting at ground zero. But a repeat of the horrors of Sept. 11, 2001 is only one of a long list of worries that have prompted the New York Police Department to spend the last several years reinventing itself as an intelligence and homeland security agency.
The nation's largest police department, with about 37,000 officers, has spent tens of millions of dollars - much it from federal grants - on an array of high-tech security measures designed to thwart threats potentially more daunting than another attack on a downtown skyscraper. It's also assigned 1,000 officers to counter terrorism duty, including 10 detectives posted around the globe who collect and share intelligence.
David Cohen - a former CIA official brought aboard after Sept. 11 to head the NYPD's intelligence division - said the department has identified more than a dozen serious plots against the city in the past seven years that were either interrupted or abandoned, including some that haven't become public.
Among those that have come to light: a planned cyanide attack on the subways by al-Qaida operatives that authorities say was called off in 2002; another aborted al-Qaida plot to destroy the Brooklyn Bridge in 2003; a local scheme to blow up the subway station at Herald Square in 2004, resulting in the arrest and conviction of a Pakistani immigrant; and a plot to bomb underwater train tunnels to flood lower Manhattan, which was broken up in 2006 by several arrests overseas.
Alerts also come from a separate team of investigators, most foreign-born and fluent in languages like Arabic and Farsi, who comb jihadist Web sites for signs of trouble.