By Eden Laikin
Proclaiming October as Italian Heritage Month in Nassau, County Executive Ed Mangano welcomed dozens of residents of Italian descent – including County Legislator Michael Venditto – to Nassau’s 3rd annual celebration, in the Theodore Roosevelt Executive & Legislative Building in Mineola.
Also in attendance was Joseph Sciami, Chairman of Presidents of Major Italian American Organizations, and the owner of Cardinale’s Bakery.
County Executive Mangano told those gathered that as an Italian-American and County Executive, he was honored to host this celebration “which provides us with the perfect opportunity to recognize the many achievements, contributions and successes of the millions of Italian-Americans who call the United States home.”
“Italian-Americans have contributed greatly to every aspect of our economy through their hard-work and can-do spirit,” Mangano said. “Since taking office in 2010, I have had the pleasure of appointing many Italian-Americans to my administration. Every day they help me to run Nassau in an economical and efficient manner.”
He went on to say that the Italian-American community is especially important because it makes up 23 percent of Nassau County’s population.
“By working together we have been given the opportunity to learn from each other and to share culture, goodwill and food,” he said, in closing.