10/20/2009 2:02:34 PM



Chairman Ryan with members of the Antonio Meucci Lodge of White Plains, NY
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Before the start of its October 19, 2009 meeting, the Westchester County Board of Legislators held its annual celebration of Italian heritage and culture.


This year’s ceremony commemorated the 400th Anniversary of the invention of the telescope by Galileo Galilei and the 100th Anniversary of the death of Italian American Crime Fighter Giuseppe Petrosino.


Following a presentation and proclamation by the County Board declaring October "Italian Heritage & Culture" month in the county, the legislature recognized the achievements of outstanding students and teachers of the Italian language in Westchester. The 2009 honorees are listed and pictured below (district/legislator - student, school, teacher).  

District 15 (Hon. Gordon Burrows) - Naquera Welcome
Roosevelt High School
Nancy Adorno



District 14 (Hon. B. Spreckman) - James Maniglia
Lincoln High School
Giovanna DeAngelis



District 6 - Rocco Cipriano
Harrison High School
Maria Battipaglia



District 5 (Hon. Bill Ryan) - Jacob Carmen
White Plains High School
Giuseppe Spedaliere



District 4 (Hon. Mike Kaplowitz) - Mikhiel Lim
Yorktown High School
Dominic Passarelli



District 12 (Hon. Tom Abinanti) - Jiwoo Ryu
Ardsley High School
Michelle Genna



District 1 (Hon. George Oros) - Angela Licata
Hendrick Hudson High School
Silvana Cappabianca



District 3 (Hon. John Nonna) - Mariangela Fiorenza
Westlake High School
Rossana Caringi



District 16 (Hon. Ken Jenkins) - Florentina Dipaola
Gorton High School
Carmela Cevetillo



District 17 - Ashley Balseiro
Yonkers High School
Maria Di Bello



District 11 (Hon. Jim Maisano) - Alexandra Avvocato
New Rochelle High School
Maria Notaro



District 7 (Hon. Judy Myers) - Giuliana DeAngelis
Rye Neck High School
Rita Maria Carolini



District 10 (Hon. Vito Pinto) - Julianna Flamio
Eastchester High School
Lucrezia Lindia



District 10 (Hon. Vito Pinto) - Adriana Vicario
Tuckahoe High School
Antonietta DeAngelis



District 9 (Hon. Bill Burton) - Francesca Davide
Ossining High School
Francesca Amedeo



District 8 (Hon. Lois Bronz) - Melissa Desofi
Woodlands High School
Maria Vannucci






More pictures from the evening... 


(left to right): Legislators Abinanti, Pinto,
Maisano, Prof. Carlo Sclafani, Chairman Bill Ryan,
Tony Rummo and Legislator John Nonna.


Sclafani is one of the co-presidents of the
Westchester Coalition of Italian American
and head of the Language Dept.
at Westchester Community College. 


Ryan with Mario Cermele, President of the Antonio Meucci Lodge of White Plains, and Rita Cestone, named "Woman of the Year" at the Lodge’s 2009 Columbus Day Celebration.



Chairman Bill Ryan accepts commemorative posters of Giuseppe Petrosino and Galileo Galilei from Professor Sclafani.








Crystal Poholka, a Soprano from
Westchester Community College,
performing a solo vocal piece.