Federal agents arrest realtor and Bay Ridge Community Council treasurer Dominick Ali on charges of money laundering for alleged ‘Ndrangheta crime ring

Ridge leader nabbed in mob sting

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A prominent Bay Ridge civic leader was arrested earlier this month for his alleged role in an international gun-smuggling, drug-trafficking, and money-laundering ring.

Dominick Ali stepped down as treasurer of the Bay Ridge Community Council the morning of his arrest in a federal sweep on Feb. 11 that netted him and six other New Yorkers for their alleged connection to the “ ‘Ndrangheta,” a powerful organized crime outfit based in Calabria, Italy.

Ali is accused of agreeing to help launder $500,000 that an undercover agent told him was the spoils of running guns and selling illegal drugs, with the help of a bank employee and a man the Justice Department claims is connected with both the ‘Ndrangheta and the Gambino crime family.

Unlike Ali, the alleged ‘Ndrangheta associate faces further charges of actually participating in the illegal transportation and sale of cocaine, heroin, marijuana, and firearms between Europe and North and South America, as part of a larger attempt to get the Calabrian criminal organization a foothold in the United States. United States embassy documents leaked in 2011 described the ‘Ndrangheta as one of the wealthiest and most powerful criminal syndicates in the world, thanks to its domination of the cocaine trade, and said that it controls almost every aspect of Calabrian society.

The Feds described Ali — who works as a realtor — as a man of means and a flight risk.

“Dominick Ali has significant resources, which he drew upon in the course of the money laundering scheme,” said the Justice Department in its brief.

Ali is out on a $1 million bond signed by him and his wife, Renee Dorsa, who also put up $50,000 in cash.

Ali officially resigned his position as Bay Ridge Community Council treasurer the day of his arrest. Ali became treasurer for the Bay Ridge Community Council in 2013 and his wife was elected president of the 63-year-old confederation of civic groups in 2012.

Ali’s attorney, Arthur Aidala, did not respond to repeated requests for comment.

Reach reporter Will Bredderman at or by calling (718) 260-4507. Follow him at
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Mike from Williamsburg says:
Feb. 25, 2014, 8:25 am
bkmanhatman from nubrucklyn says:
Yep. Balkynize Bk. Glad I frolick in North Brooklyn! Yah!!!!
Feb. 25, 2014, 8:53 am
Notorious N.E.D. from Greenpoint says:
Next they need to take a look at the 'ol' Screecher'.
Feb. 25, 2014, 11:19 am
Frank from Furter says:
Isn't he a big supporter of Senator Martin Golden? Hmmmmmm.....
Feb. 25, 2014, 3:53 pm
common sense from bay ridge says:
I laugh at anyone that thinks the mob isn't making more profit in Williamsburg than anywhere else in Brooklyn.
Feb. 25, 2014, 5:19 pm
Michael from Bay Ridge says:
If he's a criminal, then lock him up!
Feb. 25, 2014, 6:54 pm
Bklynlover from Bay Ridge says:
His wife, him and all of Dorsa Realty are frauds! This just sealed the deal! They need to shut their doors down. A disgrace to Bay Ridge and the Wonderful 3rd Avenue merchants!
Feb. 25, 2014, 6:56 pm
BkLYNrealtor from Bay Ridge says:
Meanwhile, he still sits in his office , prancing around 3rd Avenue with his head held high! He needs to be locked up and away from our community!
Feb. 25, 2014, 6:58 pm
Jimmy "Da Chooch" Shins from Ol' Timey Old Time says:
Aidala's gonna bring DA JUICE.

No contest.

Dorsa WALKS.

Or should I say "mosey" on by.
Feb. 25, 2014, 7:12 pm
The Chooch from The Bohemian Magic Show says:
BWAAA HA HA HA HA HA !!! We got a tough guy Congressman down there who threatened to throw a reporter "off a balcony." We got some other goombah paying himself "rent" from his own "campaign funds". And now this pillar of his community is going up to Sing-Sing. Hey, the Chooch ain't arguing with ya here! This is definitely "real Brooklyn."
Feb. 25, 2014, 7:16 pm
zachery from upper left mid lower Greenpoint gardens says:
Does this mean my art gallery coke dealer will not be around for a while? Or is he not part of this? Yay he gets a pass!!
Feb. 25, 2014, 8:58 pm
The Chooch from those swaggering Bohemian goombahs says:
Okay Zachy. See ... like. It's all about style. If you're a nice college kid with a gallery and a coke dealership, there's a good chance you'll stay under the radar. How many hot-bodied hipstresses with Mayflower pedigree ARE there on the NYPD who could go undercover into an operation like that. On the other hand, there are plenty of native New Yorkers on the force who can and do infiltrate the culture of bodega crack shops and goodfella social clubs. It's not that the cops are being unfair about who they bust. They're just probably not as culturally prepared as they might be for what crime might look like in a highly hipsterized Brooklyn. The Chooch does not say that crime ONLY exists in certain groups and not in others.
Feb. 25, 2014, 9:58 pm
Ghost of Gotti from Laugh In says:
Take a look at some of the arrested:

Dominic Ali, Alexander Chan and Christos Fasarakis

What ever happened to "la cosa nostra"?

The Mob's getting soft. Can't count on their own blood anymore, so they outsource to Arabs, Chinese and Greeks?

Are these clowns "made men"?

The Mob's a joke these days. Bunch of pansies.
Feb. 25, 2014, 10:34 pm
I Luv 3rd Avenue from Bay Ridge says:
To see Dominic Ali sitting with his wife in the Dorsa Real Estate office every day is really the height of arrogance. One can only assume that she is OK with all he has done. If she were upset, surprised or angry she'd distance herself from him. I think it's disrespectful to the community and uncomfortable for anyone who is working with her office to have him sitting at the desk.
Feb. 26, 2014, 4:13 pm
Birds of a Feather from A Different World says:
Does Dom Ali REALLY want to be associated with a gang as vicious as 'Ndrangheta?

Here's a description of 'Ndrangheta from the NY Post:

"the syndicate's brutality just two weeks ago .... behind a brutal execution-style hit that left three dead - including a 3-year-old boy"

C'mon, Dom. Killing 3 year old kids?

Does anyone want to be associated with someone associated with "Ndrangheta
Feb. 26, 2014, 7:53 pm
nick from Bay Ride Realator says:
Dominick Ali it could not happen to a better guy how about this Reene he is an angel what goes around comes around
March 7, 2014, 10:37 am
nick from Bay Ride Realator says:
Dominick Ali It could not happen to a better guy and for Renee Dom was an angel that is why he is this problem what goes around comes around
March 7, 2014, 10:43 am
Unethical Realtors from Bay Ridge says:
Dominic Ali and, his wife, Renee Dorsa owners of Dorsa Realty Group are criminals who have associated with the mafia for the past 20 years. I hope Dominic goes to prison and Renee will be joining him soon. She is also involved with racketeering. Don't fall for her smile she'll back stab you. Rid Bay Ridge of Renee Dorsa and it'll be a better neighbor.
June 8, 2014, 10:22 am
John from 4th Ave says:
You are correct. I know Renee and Dominic pretty well. They're always into shady dealings. Their friends are bad people. It's all about the money !!! Dirty Money.....
June 8, 2014, 10:29 am
Ida from Brooklyn says:
Renee Dorsa & Dominic Ali = Dirty dirty realtors.
#NY Daily News:
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- In a case that had more twists and turns than a John Grisham novel, a justice has awarded $450,000 to a Great Kills resident swindled in a hefty mortgage deal by a man with alleged ties to organized crime.

Dominic Ali, a key player in the scheme, was among several defendants ordered to pay Joseph Paino punitive and other damages.

Ali currently faces federal money laundering and money-laundering conspiracy charges in an unrelated criminal case allegedly involving American mobsters and members of the ‘Ndrangheta, one of Italy’s most powerful organized crime syndicates.
June 8, 2014, 11:58 pm
Jennifer from Bay Ridge says:
Is there any update on this? What happened to him? Was he sent to prision?
April 22, 2017, 9:33 pm
Brooklynite from Bay Ridge says:
He wasn't sent to prison, yet. I just saw him prancing around 3rd Ave.
Sept. 27, 2018, 9:57 am

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