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Netflix’s ‘The Irishman’ has ties to Endicott mobsters

ENDICOTT (WBNG) — The Irishman, now in select theatres and streaming on Netflix, brings to life a book based largely on mobsters with ties to the Southern Tier.

The Martin Scorcese movie is based upon the book ‘I Heard You Paint Houses.’

The film tells the story of famous real-life members of the mafia, like Russell Buffalino, whose portrayed by Joe Peschi.

Endicott resident and genealogist Joe Titti is able to trace Buffalino’s ‘business’ back to when he lived in Endicott in the early 1940s.

“While he was here he was listed a repairman for the beverage company which Joe Barbara owned,” said Titti.

Local business owner Rob Salamida landed a role as an extra in the movie after applying online.

“To have that movie that’s based on a book that has a lot to do with our area I think that’s a tribute to it,” said Salamida.

Chloe Vincente

Chloe Vincente is an Evening News Anchor at 12 News.

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