Around the Tiers: "The Mafia Summit in Apalachin"

By Chelsea Bishop

November 14, 2013 Updated Nov 14, 2013 at 8:43 AM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The Broome County Historical Society is hosting a program called "The Mafia Summit in Apalachin: Hoover, the Kennedy Brothers, and the Meeting That Unmasked the Mob".

The program is based on the book by Gil Reavill.

It will take place on Wednesday, November 20 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Decker Community Room of the Broome County Library located at 185 Court Street in Binghamton.

Reavill, an author, screenwriter, reporter, top true-crime journalist, and ghostwriter, will discuss his new book on the November 14, 1957 Mafia summit held in Apalachin.

His visual presentation includes history of the Mafia in America as well as graphics and visuals specific to the summit itself. The talk will cover the Mafia in decades before the summit, thumbnail sketches of prominent mob bosses, power plays within the Mafia hierarchy that led directly to the gathering, a blow-by-blow account of the day of the summit plus a description of the government turf war between the FBI's J. Edgar Hoover and the Justice Department's Robert F. Kennedy that occurred in Apalachin's aftermath. Figures from the Broome County community come in for special attention, including summit host Joe Barbara and NYS Police Sergeant Edgar Croswell.

The meeting is free and open to the public.

For more information, call the Broome County Historical Society at (607) 778-3572.

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