Salvatore Cina

Salvatore Cina 1910
Salvatore Cina 1910


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.