Salvatore Cina

by Jon Black


Born: 1875

Nationality: Sicilian





Salvatore Cina, born in 1875, arrived in New York in 1895, after fleeing a murder in Sicily. After a short stay in the city he travelled to Tampa with Vincenzo Giglio and worked as a cigar maker. Cina married Giglio’s sister, and went on to have two children with her.

During 1904, Cina returned to New York and bought a farm in Milton Turnpike, Highland. The property was described as a “42 acre farm with two houses, three hay barns and a stable”. The farm was listed as having “500 vine plants, 1000 peach trees, 300 pear trees, 50 apple trees and 3000 plum trees”.

In 1909, he was involved with a counterfeiting ring run by the Morello gang.

Cina later sold his farm and moved his family to Poughkeepsie, where he was later arrested for his part in the counterfeiting. Sentenced to 15 years hard labour at Atlanta Penitentiary, he was eventually paroled in 1916.