Resolution J2487-2013

Memorializing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim October 2013 as Italian Heritage and Culture Month in the State of New York



  • Jun 18, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Jun 14, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE


LEGISLATIVE   RESOLUTION  memorializing  Governor  Andrew  M.  Cuomo  to
proclaim October 2013 as Italian Heritage and Culture Month in the State
of New York

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative  Body  to  pay  tribute  to
those  whose  true  purpose and worthy accomplishment foster a spirit of
community as they promote and recognize the goals and ideals of the rich
cultural heritage of the Italian community; and
  WHEREAS, This Legislative Body is justly proud to memorialize Governor
Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim October 2013 as Italian Heritage and Culture
Month in the State of New York; and
  WHEREAS, The Italian Heritage and  Culture  Committee  (IHCC)  of  New
York,  a  not-for-profit  organization,  was founded in 1976; Dr. Angelo
Gimondo, its Founding Chairman, has played a leadership role  since  the
beginning;  its  Board  of  Directors is composed of prominent represen-
tatives of New York's  Italian-American  community,  and  Joseph  Sciame
continues to ably serve as its President and Chairman; and
  WHEREAS,  IHCC's  Board of Directors, consisting of Italian and Itali-
an-American leaders in Greater New York, announced the theme this  year:
"2013:    Year  of  Italian  Culture in the United States," L'Anno della
Cultura Italiana negli Stati Uniti; and
  WHEREAS, The theme, which parallels the theme announced by the Italian
Embassy in Washington, D.C., is celebrated throughout this  year,  espe-
cially highlighted during Italian Heritage and Culture Month; and
  WHEREAS, This year's theme is an initiative of the Italian Minister of
Foreign  Affairs, Giulio Terzi di Sant'Agata, coordinated by the Italian
Ambassador in the United States, Claudio Bisogniero; and
  WHEREAS, The multifaceted  theme,  highlighting  Italy's  history  and
culture  in  every  area of creative endeavors, will emphasize research,
discovery and innovation; what is evident is Italy's significant histor-
ical contributions  to  world  civilization;  its  connection  with  the
science, technology and art of contemporary Italy; and its ever presence
throughout the culture and daily life in America; and
  WHEREAS, Special commemorative anniversaries will be noted: the bicen-
tennial  of  Verdi's  birth; the 700th anniversary of Boccaccio's birth;
the 500th anniversary of Machiavelli's THE PRINCE; and the 50th anniver-
sary of the Lamborghini; and
  WHEREAS, Unique to this year is not only the production of the Italian
Heritage and Culture Committee's annual poster but also nine  subsequent
posters,  depicting  the  Italian Government's program themes: Music and
Theater; Science and Technology; Language and  Literature;  Art;  Cinema
and Photography; Italian Brand & Design; Italian Territories; Tastes and
Flavors of Italy; and the Next Generation; and
  WHEREAS,  The annual poster depicts Michelangelo's David-Apollo, pres-
ently on loan from Musco del Bargello, Florence, Italy, to the  National
Gallery in Washington, D.C., where the inaugural event took place; and
  WHEREAS,  The celebration of Italian Heritage and Culture, which began
as a week-long event, has grown to a month-long celebration  of  special
events  and  programs  organized  and  hosted  by cultural associations,
community centers, libraries, schools and universities during the  month
of October; and
  WHEREAS,  Each October is dedicated to a specific theme or personality
representative of the history and culture of Italy and  Italian-America-
na;  October  2013  marks  the  37th Anniversary of Italian Heritage and
Culture Month; and
  WHEREAS, Italian-American  cultural  events  and  programs  venerating
Italian  history,  culture,  and  the  many significant contributions of

Italians, Italian-Americans, and Italian culture to  America  will  take
place  throughout New York State during this special month for people of
all cultures to enjoy; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
memorialize Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim October 2013 as Italian
Heritage and Culture Month in the State of New York; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That copies of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor of the State  of  New
York;  and Joseph Sciame, President and Chairman of the Italian Heritage
and Cultural Committee of New York, Inc.


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