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NIAF’s 2015 New York Gala

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The Kickoff celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) took place at Cipriani’s in New York. This year a new award was given out: the Mario Cuomo Award in Community Leadership and Public Service, received by Attorney General Janet Di Fiore. Present at the Gala were also various prominent Italian American peronalities, such as the current Governor Andrew Cuomo, NIAF president John Viola, actors Chazz Palminteri and Ralph Macchio, news anchor Ken Rosato, chairman of NIAF Joseph Del Raso, and many others. They spoke on many topics regarding Italian American culture, integration, and discourse. Mario Cuomo’s oldest son and current Governor of the State of New York, Andrew Cuomo gave a heartfelt speech, thanking NIAF for the recognition given to its father, who cared deeply about the organization and was immensely proud of his Italian heritage. “Wherever he was, he was an Italian American first!” Andrew Cuomo said. “My father” he continued “was dedicated to represent the best of the Italian American people. And he wanted to model the best of the Italian American culture. And he did”. The connection with Italy was emphasized, especially in view of Expo Milano 2015.