2017-10-11 / Front Page

Former Council Speaker Peter Vallone Leads Queens Marchers In Columbus Day Parade

By Dan Miller and Joyce Vetere Milowski

Governor Andrew Cuomo marched in the Columbus Day parade.

Governor Andrew Cuomo marched in the Columbus Day parade. On Monday October 9, thousands of marchers showed their Italian heritage in dress, music and food. Joining those showing their heritage was former New York City Council speaker Peter Vallone, who along with his son Council member Paul Angelo Vallone and fellow Council member Barry Grodenchik. both representing Northeast sections of Queens.

The three were welcomed at St. Patrick’s Cathedral by Cardinal Timothy Dolan, with the Cardinal spending time with the former council speaker discussing some of the controversy over the talks asking for the Christopher Columbus statue at Columbus Circle to be removed

The very busy and exciting day began with threats of thunder showers. This did not deter the thousands of marchers, who in spite of the weather dressed for the expected rain. It actually did rain for most of the parade soaking marchers and onlookers alike.

Mayor di Blasio and Governor Andrew Cuomo who are on different sides of the controversy on statutes in New York City marched separately. State Comptroller Thomas Di Napoli also marched with hss own delegation of parade marchers.

Josephine Maieta, former President of the Association of Teacher of Italian and a board NYPD Chief of Personnel and former Chief of Queens North just a few years ago, seen at S t. Patrick's Cathedral.
NYPD Chief of Personnel and former Chief of Queens North just a few years ago, seen at S t. Patrick's Cathedral. member of the Detective Joseph Petrosino Association invited the Gazette to join the organization leaders for their annual Columbus Day breakfast at Cuchina café at Rockefeller Center, next to the ice skating rink. Josephine was very busy making working with Joe DiPietro, President of Italian American Organizations of Queens to make sure everything went smoothly at the breakfast and program of speeches.

US Congressman Tom Suozzi (Queens&Nassau County) was treated like a rock star at the parade with everyone wanting to shake his hand and take selfies with him.Photos Victoria Canore/DMD ImagesUS Congressman Tom Suozzi (Queens&Nassau County) was treated like a rock star at the parade with everyone wanting to shake his hand and take selfies with him.Photos Victoria Canore/DMD ImagesEach year the members of the Lt. Det. Joseph Petrosino Association honor his memory with a breakfast just before marching in the Columbus Day Parade. Petrosino was a NYC detective in the early 1900s was acclaimed as a very talented and successful detective who was recognized for making many arrests in New York, including members of organized crime. When on an assignment searching for evidence on a number of Italian Americans who were then back in their homeland, Italy. It appears that detective Petrosino was sent on a fake information leading him into a trap by those for whom he was seeking. He was shot and killed at the location he was waiting to meet an informant.

His memory is kept alive by the organization carrying his name and many influential Italian American organization leaders.

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