BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Ron Fino was a local mob-connected union leader who became a paid FBI informant. Now he's penned a book about his life and it reads like a Hollywood movie, complete with murders, undercover cameras, and people trying to kill him.
When Fino was head of Laborers Local 210, it was controlled by the Buffalo Mafia. In an exclusive interview with News 4, Fino says he lived his life on the edge - and he has the stories to prove it. His new book is called "The Triangle Exit" and in it, Fino says he attempts to set the record straight.
"First of all, I wanted to get my story out there. People don't know the true side of what's going on," he said.
Fino grew up knowing about the mob. His father, Joe, was the godfather for a short time and served time in Attica for being a bookie. His mother told him that his father was in the service.
"I didn't like my father being involved in the mob. He kept telling me, 'You don't know this life Ronnie,' those were his exact words. You don't know this life except from which you've seen, and of course what I seen was quite a lot," Fino said.
In the early 70s, he decided to take on the mafia and run for the leadership of Laborers Local 210, despite his father's objections.
"He thought I was going to get killed; he didn't want me to run for office in Local 210," Fino said.
He won by a landslide, but he says he was forced to take orders from the mafia.
Fino recalled, "No sooner was I in office when I was sat down, 'From now on, you're going to listen to us.'"
He saw the inner-workings of the mob and says he knows why Billy Scialino was gunned down in broad daylight when the Metro rail was being built in 1980. It was a mob hit.
"It was one of two reasons, one he got caught cooperating with the FBI or the Rochester situation," Fino said.
The Buffalo mafia never knew Fino was also an FBI informant. Did he fear for his life?
"Yes and no. I've done my damage, but the other ones you have to watch, the wannabes who want to ingratiate themselves with the mob by taking Ron Fino out," he said.
When Fino left Buffalo, he worked for the FBI and the CIA, trying to infiltrate the Russian mafia. His book is now available on Amazon.com and has been translated in 14 different languages.
Fino currently lives in Virginia.
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