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.