NEW JERSEY— After being contacted late last week by concerned citizens, parents and teachers from Paterson who were outraged over Paterson’s cancellation of the Columbus Day Holiday observance, Italian American ONE VOICE Coalition President Andre’ DiMino mobilized the organization to correct this insult to the Italian American community. “Columbus Day is extremely important for all Italian Americans and, actually, to all Americans,” stated DiMino. “Paterson is being completely insensitive by disrespecting this holiday.” After unsuccessful attempts to reach officials in the Paterson School system, DiMino activated the Italian American ONE VOICE Coalition to begin emailing and calling Paterson and State officials. He also issued a letter to NJ Governor Christie and the NJ State Department of Education asking them to intervene and have the holiday reinstated. The campaign by DiMino and ONE VOICE attracted media attention early Monday morning with Fox 5 News, WCBS TV News, WPIX-TV News, News 12 NJ and WINS 1010 Radio conducting interviews and investigations.