Frank Paresi was a life long gangster who was awarded a political appointment for services rendered to Tammany Hall. His record dated back to 1904 when he was sent to the House of Corrections for petty larceny. He was arrested again in 1909 for assault and robbery but released. In 1912 he was sent to Sing Sing for ten years for robbery but his record shows he didn’t serve the full sentence because he was arrested for grand larceny in Brooklyn in 1920. By 1922 however he had been appointed a Market Supervisor by Market Commissioner O’Malley, a Tammany man.
Why all this talk about Paresi? Well, ninety-two years ago today, he was making his
rounds amongst the pushcart vendors in his district, who at the time
were complaining that they were the victims of municipal graft, when a
gunman walked up behind him and shot him down. The killer slipped away
with the crowds as they ran for shelter.
The first one at the
dead man’s side was his brother Thomas who yelled, “It’s my brother
Frank!” Thomas and some others carried Frank into a store then
transferred him to a nearby hospital where he died.