Joe "Socks" Lanza Genovese Family Caporegime
by Robert Grey Reynolds, Jr
Joe Lanza ascended the ranks at the Fulton Street Fish Market. First he was a laborer who unloaded fish from ships. Later he helped organize the Seafood Workers Union, Local 359. At one point Lanza went to prison for violating the Sherman Antitrust Act. He perfected a systematic method of extorting large sums of money from wholesale fish dealers, refusing to allow them to unload their own cargo.