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  • March 22 marks a special evening for Italians, Italian Americans, and anyone who loves Italian culture. The National Italian American Foundation will be holding its annual New York Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street. Dinner, entertainment, and awards are sure to create a memorable night.
  • Let’s talk about generations. About generations who talk to one another. Our first conversation – aired on TV and partly available online – is between Matilda Cuomo and Amanda Cole. Their extraordinary talk touches upon everything from immigration to religion, from language to cooking and traveling in Italy, and culminates in an emotional and for us unscripted moment when grandmother and granddaughter decide to read a letter written in 1999 by Governor Mario Cuomo (Amanda’s grandfather and father of the current governor, Andrew), a kind of spiritual last will and testament for his thirteen grandchildren.
  • 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 figures, 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 Raso, and many others. All had great input on many topics regarding Italian American culture, integration, discourse, as well as the connection with Italy, especially in view of Expo Milano.
  • The Mario M. Cuomo Award in Public Service will be presented for the first time by the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) at the legendary Cipriani 42nd Street during the Foundation’s New York Spring Gala on April 8, 2015.New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo is planning to attend the ceremony to honor his late father.
  • With the sad announcement of the death of Mario Cuomo on the same day of the inauguration of his son Andrew for the second time as Governor of New York State, people, like myself are rushing to comment on his legacy. I have heard and read many ranging from the insulting to the fawning. Like all great people, he and his many lives were complex and require much more time to appreciate. Therefore I offer here a piece of what I wrote in 1992 decorated with some current and sincere reflections.
  • Mario Cuomo's 1984 Convention Speech
    "He was, surely, an inclusive liberal, believing in the freedom of the individual as well as the government’s guarantees of individual rights and liberties: a form of government, namely, that was free of prejudice and bigotry, and that allowed freedom of action with specific regard to issues of personal expression and beliefs."

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