New Jersey Senate and Assembly Designate October Italian American Heritage Month
Italian American One Voice Coalition President Doctor Manny Alfano was please to join other prominent Italian American groups Thursday, October 22, 2015 in a special New Jersey State Senate ceremony designating October ‘Italian American Heritage Month’.
Dr. Alfano called it a great day and well past due. Alfano was also afforded the very rare honor by Senate President Stephen Sweeney of addressing all the State Senators in the well of the Senate chamber. In his remarks Alfano thanked Senator Sweeney and Assemblyman Ralph Caputo, as well as the entire Senate and Assembly.
Dr. Alfano then presented Senator Sweeney with the ‘Una Voce’ award for his efforts in arranging the ceremony and applauded Assemblyman Ralph Caputo for his tireless work in making this first of its kind designation a reality. Assembly Caputo was also presented with an ‘Una Voce’ award at a reception that followed.
The unanimous vote was preceded by remarks from Italian American legislators and others who honored their relatives and the many great Italian Americans from New Jersey. One and a half million Italian Americans call New Jersey home.
In attendance to witness the ceremony were nearly one hundred Italian Americans from other major Italian American organizations including UNICO National, Order of the Sons of Italy NJ Grand Lodge, New Jersey Italian and Italian American Commission, Federation of Italian Americans Societies of NJ, Italian American Police Society, Mercer County Italian American Festival and others.
At the reception which followed and was sponsored by One Voice, an ‘Una Voce’ award was also given to Salvatore Davino. Mr. Davino, a prominent New Jersey businessman, was honored for his ongoing support of Italian American causes.