Resolution J5637-2013

Commending Tony Danza upon the occasion of his selection as 2014 Italian-American Day Honoree

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  • Jun 3, 2014: ADOPTED
  • Jun 3, 2014: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • May 30, 2014: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  commending  Tony Danza upon the occasion of his
selection as 2014 Italian-American Day Honoree

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative  Body  to  pay  tribute  to
those  individuals  of true purpose and worthy accomplishment who foster
ethnic pride and strive to preserve  their  cultural  heritage,  thereby
enhancing the profile of cultural diversity which strengthens the fabric
of community throughout this great Empire State; and
  WHEREAS,  Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long-
standing traditions, this Legislative Body is justly  proud  to  commend
Tony  Danza  upon the occasion of his selection as 2014 Italian-American
Day Honoree; and
  WHEREAS, Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, actor and humanitarian
Tony Danza has starred on some of television's most beloved series,  and
is  one  of America's most beloved entertainers; for more than 30 years,
this celebrity has delighted television, film, and stage audiences  with
his  performances,  and  has  impacted  countless lives through his many
volunteer efforts; and
  WHEREAS, Tony Danza is  the  oldest  son  of  proud  Italian  American
parents who truly believed in the American dream, and who modeled commu-
nity  and  family  values;  his father, Matty, was a Brooklyn sanitation
worker, while his mother, Anne, an immigrant from the Sicilian  province
of Trapani, worked as a bookkeeper; and
  WHEREAS,  Tony Danza and his family moved to the Long Island community
of Malverne, Nassau County,  when  he  was  14;  after  graduating  from
Malverne High School, he attended the University of Dubuque on a wrestl-
ing scholarship, earning a bachelor's degree in history education; and
  WHEREAS,  While  earning  a living as a professional boxer, Tony Danza
was "discovered" and eventually cast in the  critically-acclaimed  tele-
vision  series  "Taxi,"  earning  him a place in television history, and
making him a household name; this was followed by a starring role in the
series "Who's the Boss?," which ran for  eight  seasons  and  broke  all
syndication records; and
  WHEREAS,  This multifaceted entertainer next explored his love for the
stage; his many stage credits include his theatrical debut in WRONG TURN
AT LUNGFISH (1993), for which he earned an Outer Critic's  Circle  Award
nomination;  the critically-acclaimed THE ICEMAN COMETH; Arthur Miller's
Tony Award-winning play, A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE; and  Mel  Brooks's  hit
musical, THE PRODUCERS, playing Max Bialystock; and
  WHEREAS,  Tony Danza has also appeared on the big screen in such films
as ANGELS IN THE OUTFIELD, SHE'S OUT OF CONTROL, THE HOLLYWOOD  KNIGHTS,
and A BROOKLYN STATE OF MIND; and
  WHEREAS,  Proud  of  his heritage, Tony Danza and his son, Marc, wrote
DON'T FILL UP ON THE ANTIPASTO: TONY  DANZA'S  FATHER-SON  COOKBOOK,  in
which they share favorite family recipes, and stories about their Itali-
an immigrant family history; and
  WHEREAS,  From  2009 to 2010, this extraordinary man took on the chal-
lenge of teaching tenth-grade English at Philadelphia's  Northeast  High
School;  his amazing experience was taped and aired in the lauded seven-
part documentary series, "Teach," and, in September 2012, his  acclaimed
reflection  of  his teaching experience, "I'D LIKE TO APOLOGIZE TO EVERY
TEACHER I EVER HAD: MY YEAR AS A ROOKIE TEACHER AT NORTHEAST HIGH,"  was
released; and
  WHEREAS,  Tony Danza cares passionately about young people and devotes
considerable time and energies to initiatives  aimed  towards  making  a
difference  for  youth;  he is a regular volunteer and mentor at the New
York City All Stars Project, which transforms the  lives  of  youth  and

poor  communities  through  performance,  and  he volunteers for the New
York-based Voices Against Brain Cancer; and
  WHEREAS,  In  addition,  Tony  Danza  is  a  participant  in Only Make
Believe, which provides interactive theatre experiences for children  in
hospitals  and  care  facilities;  he  organizes  and  hosts  an  annual
student/teacher talent show fundraiser at  Northeast  High  School,  and
this energetic man recently joined the board of the New York City Police
Athletic  League  where  he  will focus his efforts on strengthening the
relationship between the city's youth and the police department; and
  WHEREAS, In 2010, Tony Danza received the Inspire Award from AARP  THE
MAGAZINE,  recognizing  him  as  a  person who inspires others to action
through their innovative thinking, passion and perseverance; he was also
honored by USA TODAY at its 2013 National Make A Difference  Day  Awards
for  his  commitment  to  helping  others  through  his numerous charity
efforts; and
  WHEREAS, Tony Danza has truly distinguished himself in his career  and
community involvement, and the Italian-American community and all of New
York  State  has  profited  greatly  from  his  talent,  dedication, and
service; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause  in  its  deliberations  to
commend  Tony Danza upon the occasion of being selected as 2014 Italian-
American Day Honoree; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Tony Danza.

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