Columbus Day: Committee of Italian-American organizations will meet Congressman Zeldin

A committee of leaders from Italian-American organizations will meet with Representative Lee Zeldin this weekend. On the agenda are critical issues fueled by a series of recent negative events impacting the Italian-American community in New York State and the Tri-State area.

The steering committee, comprised of representatives from national Italian-American organizations with many thousands of constituents in New York, includes Robert Ferrito, President Commission for Social Justice ("CSJ") of the Order Sons and Daughters of Italy in America ("OSDIA"), John Fratta NY President CSJ OSDIA, Michele Cagiano Ment, President NY State OSDIA; Andre' DiMino, Executive Board Member and Frank Lorenzo, Vice President of the Italian American One Voice Coalition ("IAOVC"); Basil Russo, President of the Conference of Presidents of Major Italian American Organizations; Dr. Joseph Scelsa, Founder and President of the Italian American Museum of New York; and Angelo Vivolo, of the Columbus Citizens Foundation.

The impetus for the meeting is in reaction to the recent handling with respect to Columbus Day. After appearing in New York's Columbus Day parade last month, Italian Americans were shocked that for the first time in history, a proclamation was signed declaring the second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples Day.

"It is essential that our elected officials are sensitive to the Italian-American community," said Robert Ferrito. "We hope Congressman Zeldin will listen to our concerns."

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