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ABOUT US

The New York State Conference of Italian-American Legislators is a not-for-profit 501c3 organization comprised of current Senate and Assembly members promoting the rich history and contributions of their Italian heritage.

The Conference recognizes and celebrates Italian-American heritage with events, scholarships, legislation, and community partnerships. We believe that a single action can make a difference in the community, and that collective action can greatly impact the world. Through advocacy and outreach activities, our team works tirelessly to contribute to the greater good.

 
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ASSEMBLYMAN

EDWARD RA

President

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SENATOR  
ALESSANDRA BIAGGI

Vice President

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ASSEMBLYMAN
PETER ABBATE, JR.

Treasurer

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ASSEMBLYMAN
ANGELO MORINELLO

Secretary

 

SENATE AND ASSEMBLY CONFERENCE MEMBERS

Thomas Abinanti (Assembly)

Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. (Senate)

Joseph Angelino (Assembly)
Michael Benedetto (Assembly)
George Borrello (Senate)

William Colton (Assembly)
Joseph DeStefano (Assembly)

Michael Durso (Assembly)
Patrick Gallivan (Senate)

Jarett Gandolfo (Assembly)

Jodi Giglio (Assembly)
Joseph Giglio (Assembly)

Joseph Griffo (Senate)

Peter Harckham (Senate)

Andrew Lanza (Senate)

Michael Lawler (Assembly)

Donna Lupardo (Assembly)

William Magnarelli (Assembly)

Mike Martucci (Senate)
John McDonald (Assembly)
John Mikulin (Assembly)

Catherine Nolan (Assembly)

Phil Palmesano (Assembly)

Anthony Palumbo (Senate)

Julia Salazar (Senate)

Angelo Santabarbara (Assembly)

Diane Savino (Senate)

Colin Schmitt (Assembly)

Gina Sillitti (Assembly)

JoAnne Simon (Assembly)

Albert Stirpe (Assembly)

James Tedisco (Senate)

Monica Wallace (Assembly)

ASSOCIATE MEMBERS:
Neil Breslin (Senate)
Marianne Buttenschon (Assembly)
Amy Paulin (Assembly)
Michael Reilly (Assembly)

 

PLATINUM SPONSORS

$1000

The NYS Italian-American Conference of State Legislators is grateful for the partnership of our generous sponsors! Their donation helps to support our Conference mission and annual scholarships.

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  • Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA)

  • Correction Officers' Benevolent Association

  • MillerCoors

  • Nassau County PBA

  • NYC District Council of Carpenters

  • NYC PBA

  • NYS AFL-CIO

  • NYS Professional Firefighters Association

  • NYS Troopers PBA

  • NYSUT (NYS United Teachers)

  • Park Strategies, LLC

  • Pitta, Bishop & DelGiorno, LLC

  • Public Employees Federation (PEF)

  • Robert A. Ungar Associates, Inc.

  • Suffolk County Association of Municipal Employees

  • Uniformed EMTS, Paramedics & Fire Inspectors FDNY

  • Uniformed Firefighters Association

  • Uniformed Fire Officers Association

 
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GOLD SPONSORS

$500

  • Bridge & Tunnel Officers Benevolent Association

  • City Employees Union Local 237

  • Council of Administrators & Supervisors

  • Detectives Endowment Association, Inc.

  • Empire State Restaurant & Tavern Association, Inc.

  • Empire State Supervisors & Administrators Association

  • Metropolitan Transportation Authority PBA

  • Nassau County Correction Officers

  • Nassau County Detectives Association

  • NYC Deputy Sheriff's Association

  • Suffolk County Correction Officers Association, Inc.

  • Suffolk County Detectives Association, Inc.

  • Superior Officers of the TBTA

  • Uniformed EMS Officers Union FDY Local 3621

  • Uniformed Fire Alarm Dispatchers Benevolent Association

  • Westchester County Correction Officers Benevolent Association

 
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CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR 2022 SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS

Read About Our 2022 Recipients Below

With our organization’s mission always in mind, we strive to find strategies to help our youth and their families. Raising funds for our annual college scholarships is something that we take very seriously. Click on our Donate link to learn more about how you can help future applicants or the Scholarship link to submit your own application.

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2022 SENATOR JOHN J. MARCHI MEMORIAL ATHLETIC SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT

SEAN O'CONNOR


Sean attended Suffern High School where he ran Cross County, Indoor, and Outdoor track for all four years of high school. He completed numerous honors-level, AP classes, and dual enrollment programs with Syracuse University. His 3.95 GPA placed him in the top 15% of his class and earned his admission into the National Honor Society. He serves as the President of the Military Appreciation Club (MAC) and the Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) club.  

Sean has been admitted to the Honor’s College at the University at Buffalo (SUNY) and will major in Business Administration.

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2022 ASSEMBLYMAN JAMES D. CONTE MEMORIAL ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT

SHERIDAN BALLARD

Sheridan is currently a senior at Union-Endicott High School where she has received numerous honors, including AP Scholar, NYS Seal of Biliteracy in English and Italian, and the Union-Endicott Medical Pathways designation. Sheridan has also been an active member of the UEHS Italian Club, National Honor Society, Tri-M Music Honor Society, Key Club, Yearbook Club, Veterans Club, YES! Leads, and Science Olympiad. 


Sheridan will be attending Boston College this fall with the goal of becoming an economic statistician.

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2022 SENATOR JOHN J. MARCHI MEMORIAL ATHLETIC SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT

FRANCESCO GIOFFRE


Francesco is a senior at Somers High School.  His father immigrated here from Italy at the age of 17 and learned English as a second language by attending night school. Francesco played soccer and football through the Somers youth program,  focusing only on football throughout his 4 years at High School.  He was involved in the Leo’s, a member of the Class of 2022 Board, and the Italian Club.  He has continued his studies in Italian and will graduate with an advanced level college course. 


Francesco will attend the University of Miami as a finance major and hopes to study abroad in Rome for a semester.

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2022 ASSEMBLYMAN JAMES D. CONTE MEMORIAL ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT

GABRIELLA GALGANO


Gabriella will be graduating from Eastchester High School in June. She has a twin and younger sister. Gabriella is a member of the National Honor Society and one of her biggest accomplishments was receiving the Abigail Adams Award for Intellectual and Moral Fortitude. She spends her time babysitting, volunteering, or going out with friends.


Gabriella will attend Pace University this fall, majoring in Forensic Science.

 

2022 LEGISLATIVE HONOREES

ASSEMBLYMEMBER 

THOMAS J. ABINANTI

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SENATOR 

ANTHONY H. PALUMBO

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2022 ANNUAL AWARDS LUNCHEON & FESTA CELEBRATION

The Italian-American Conference celebrated its annual awards luncheon and Festa Italiana celebration on Monday, May 23, 2002. 

Special thanks to Governor Hochul for hosting the awards luncheon at the Mansion. A great time was had by all as we celebrated this year's scholarship recipients, legislative honorees, and very special guest, the Consul General of Italy in New York, Fabrizio Di Michele. Our annual scholarships would not be possible without the tremendous generosity and support of our fellow Italian-American partners and sponsors. All of your donations are truly appreciated.


Thank you to the Italian Community Center in Troy for the incredible food, drinks, and hospitality at the evening Festa Italiana celebration. We always appreciate your partnership as we continue this longstanding tradition. 

We are already looking forward to next year's event on Monday, May 22, 2022.

We hope to see you there!

 
 
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ITALIAN-AMERICAN CONFERENCE DINNER 
MAY 24, 2021

Members of the Italian-American Conference of State Legislators enjoyed an evening together at the Italian Community Center in Troy, NY. We were disappointed to have to cancel our Annual Italian Festa but we were excited to gather together and acknowledge this year's four scholarship recipients via Zoom. We are looking forward to the 2022 Festa event.


Thank you to our friends at the ICC for their outstanding food and hospitality.

 
 
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"The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark."

Michelangelo

 

Room 839 Legislative Office Building
Albany NY 12248

518-455-2322