Order of Sons and Daughthers of Italy in America renews its board, Attorney Robert A. Bianchi is the new President

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Morris County (NJ) criminal defense attorney Robert A. Bianchi was sworn in on August 14 as the 38th national president of the Order Sons and Daughters of Italy in America (OSDIA), the oldest and most established organization supporting American citizens of Italian descent. The installation ceremony was livestreamed on OSDIA's YouTube channel.

In his capacity as Morris County (NJ) prosecutor, attorney Robert A. Bianchi was the county's chief law enforcement officer from 2007 to 2013 and today leads a team of New Jersey criminal defense attorneys at Bianchi Law Group. Bianchi is also an anchor for the legal television channel Law & Crime Network and is frequently interviewed as a legal analyst by national television channels such as CNN, ABC, FOX, NBC, CBS and MSNBC. He has also appeared on legal talk shows and documentaries including The Geraldo Rivera Show, Due Process, and New Jersey Capitol Report.

At OSDIA, Bianchi has held prominent roles, often interfacing with White House officials, members of Congress, and other senior federal officials on issues affecting Italianamericans.

In addition to electing Robert A. Bianchi as National President, joining him are the following officers: Joseph A. Boncore, Esq. of Massachusetts, National First Vice President; Michael G. Polo of Connecticut, National Second Vice President; Thom A. Lupo of New York, National Third Vice President; Dr. Mark S. DeNunzio of Florida, National Fourth Vice President; Tony Bisceglia Anderson of Northwest, National Fifth Vice President; Frank Gattuso, Esq. of Pennsylvania, National Orator; John Saladino of Massachusetts, National Recording Secretary; Louis R. Santoro of New Jersey, National Financial Secretary; Joseph F. Rondinelli of New York, National Treasurer; Lynn Lawrence-Murphy of California, National Historian; Rev. R. Adam Forno of Florida, National Chaplain.

National Past President Joseph Sciame of New York was appointed and then elected to continue serving as President of the Sons of Italy Foundational (SIF), OSDIA‘s philanthropic arm, for a full two year term. Past State President Robert M. Ferrito of New York was appointed and elected to serve as National President of the Commission for Social Justice (C SJ), OSDIA's anti-defamation arm.

Claudio Frasca, President of OSDIA “Capitolo di Roma”, the only territorial unit of this organization chartered outside the North American continent, declares: "It is with great satisfaction that we learn that Robert A. Bianchi, a well-known criminal lawyer, appreciated for his experience and professional ethics, founder of the Bianchi Law Group, has been elected as incoming President of OSDIA. He takes over from the outgoing Nancy Difiore Queen, whom we thank for her commitment during these difficult years of the pandemic. We extend our best wishes to the new President and the new national OSDIA board for a fruitful and fulfilling term. ".

OSDIA "Capitolo di Roma" founder and Immediate Past President (IMP) Carmelo Cutuli, an expert in relations between Italy and North America, underlines: "Today more than ever, relations between Italy and the United States are fundamental for the recovery of our economy. The United States has always been a friendly country and a great supporter of Italy. Bob Bianchi has been defending the rights of Italian Americans for years and has held important roles in the OSDIA. We are sure President Bianchi and the new board will do a great job. On our side, we will do everything we can to assure him the full support of OSDIA members residing in Italy and looking forward to his visit to Rome in the coming months.".

The Order of the Sons and Daughters of Italy in America (www.osia.org) was founded in 1905 to support the integration process of Italian immigrants. To date, OSDIA members have donated more than $166 million toward educational programs, scholarships, charitable giving, disaster relief, cultural promotion and medical research. The group has territorial units throughout the United States and Canada. In Italy, OSDIA chartered, in 2019, the “Capitolo di Roma” (https://osiaroma.altervista.org) with the goal of nurturing relations between the Washington office and Italian institutions.

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