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Columbia Association of the Police Department, City of New York

COLUMBIA NEWS Affiliated with the National Council of Columbia Associations In Civil Service, Inc. and the National Coalition of Italian American Law Enforcement Organizations

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VOL. 45, NO. 6

November — December 2011

SINCE 1932

ONLINE ISSUE

Our President’s Message... Hello all of Columbia, I hope that you all had a Happy Thanksgiving. The November general meeting was great. There were 10 turkeys that were raffled off. There was plenty to eat and the mood was festive. Cono Colombo, the owner of La Loconda Restaurant, did another wonderful job preparing the food for the November General Meeting. A vote was taken to increase the annual membership dues from $20.00 to $25.00 and it was passed. It was approximately 20 years ago that the annual membership dues were last increased. It is hard for any President to ask the membership for additional money, especially in these difficult economic times that we live in today, but it was necessary. Like everything else in life, the cost to run this great organization comes with a price, and that price continues to increase. I want to personally thank all of the general membership that took part in the voting process and made the tough, but necessary, decision to increase the annual membership dues. I also want to thank Bert Barrette of Inner Imaging for picking up the cost of the case of books that was signed by Randy Jurgensen, author of Circle of Six, and a special thanks to Tim Moto of the F.O.P for setting this all up. On Sunday December 11, 2011 the Columbia Association held its annual children’s Christmas Party at the Italian Charities Building. Monsignor David L. Cassato celebrated the annual Christmas Party mass. Santa Claus was on hand and was flown in by our very own NYPD Aviation Unit all the way from the North Pole. Santa Claus distributed gifts to all of the children that attended the Christmas Party. A great time was had by all that attended. I would like to thank Monsignor David L. Cassato for celebrating the annual Christmas Party mass and for making the mass special for the children. He gets them involved with the mass and then afterwards sings Christmas carols with them. I also would like to express my sincere gratitude to all of the specialized units that participated in this event and helped to make it a great success. A special thanks to Pat Grande, because every year his generous donations help our organization purchase the toys that we distribute to the children. Thanks to Cono Colombo, owner of La Locanda Restaurant, for donating the delicious hot food for this event. The end of the year is right around the corner. It is the time of year for happy events. Take the time out to enjoy family and friends during this holiday season. The Columbia Association would like to wish all of their members a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year. The next General Meeting will be held on Tuesday January 24, 2012 at the Italian Charities of America building located at 83-20 Queens Boulevard. The new Columbia Association Board of Officers will be sworn in at this meeting. I would like to express my sincere gratitude to all of the Columbia Association Board of Officers for another successful year and a job well done. These Board of Officer positions are done on a voluntary basis. The Board of Officers take time out of their daily lives to complete whatever tasks they are assigned to for this organization.

It is not an easy task, especially with busy work schedules and not being able to spend extra time with family and friends, but the job is rewarding. As an Officer of the Board you are able to bolster fraternalism and Italian heritage to the new members of this great organization. Let us push for memberships. If you have not paid your dues for 2012 please see your delegate or any Board Officer and support your organization. The expression goes; “we are only as strong as our weakest link”. You can download a membership application on the Columbia website which is www.nypdcolumbia.org. You can now register online through NYCAPS Employee Self-Service (ESS) for automatic payroll deduction for membership in the Columbia Association. The website is www.nyc.gov/ESS. We are the first Fraternal group that has automatic payroll deductions for its members. Please take advantage of this historic option. Instructions on how to get registered for the automatic payroll deduction are on the Columbia Association’s website. The Texas Hold-em Tournament will be held at 6:00 PM on Saturday January 28, 2012 at the Italian Charities of America building located at 83-20 Queens Boulevard. It is $100.00 to buy into the tournament and all proceeds from this event will go to the Children’s Scholarship Fund. There will be food and beverages included and some great prizes. If you like to play cards then this is the place to be. The Columbia Association will host the Rangers vs. Islanders game at 7:00 PM on Friday February 24, 2012 at Nassau Veterans memorial Coliseum. Tickets are $50.00 per person. There will be goodie bags for the kids in attendance and there will be a group picture on the ice after the game. If you are a hockey fan then this is the game to be present at. You can now purchase the tickets though our web page. These are some of the upcoming events that are on the radar. Check the Columbia website frequently to keep abreast of all pertinent information. Until next time, stay true to the Columbia Association.

Merry Christmas


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Editor’s Spot To my fellow fraternal brothers and sisters, I am honored and privileged to be assuming the role as the Second Vice President of the Columbia Association in the coming year. I would like to thank the board and its members for giving me this wonderful opportunity to serve my organization. I would also like to express sincere gratitude to the President and First Vice President of the Columbia Association who have put their trust in me by seating me in this position. I am highly confident that I will perform the duties expected of me. The unwavering support of our President Anthony Cesarano and Richard Angeletti our First Vice President, during the time I served under them has been tremendous. I am deeply indebted to the both of them. I gladly accept the responsibility that you have given me. I have proudly sat on this board for over 10 years and its importance to me has always been great. As the current editor I played a key part in advancing the Columbia Association into the 21st century by bringing the newsletter online. This innovative move was not only done by a necessity to keep current but also for substantial savings. With social networking in the forefront I knew our webpage needed to be totally redesigned. As you can see my efforts paid off. The makeover is truly a success with up to date information now available. Louis Balsamo will be the new Editor. I know that Louis will do an exceptional job. Hopefully the New Year will bring lots of good things our way. Columbus Day was amazing this year partly due to the new spacious location, already booked for 2012. I am glad I was instrumental in this change.

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New York City Police Department Columbia Association Board of Officers wwwnypdcolumbia.org

Executive Board President ..................................Anthony Cesarano............... (212) 620-8930 1st Vice President ....................Rich Angeletti......................(718) 822-5815 2nd Vice President ...................Paul A. Capotosto................(212) 226-2180 Executive Secretary .................R.J Coleman.........................(212) 258-2840 Treasurer ..................................Kendra Damante..................(718) 972-7871 Recording Secretary.................Christopher Pizzo............... (718) 657-8181 Corresponding Secretary .........Tony Quagliariello.............. (646) 210-9170 Sergeant At Arms .....................Frank Tornetti.....................(212) 239-9801 Editor ........................................Emanuel Rossi.................. (845) 902-0175

Financial Secretaries Manhattan …………….……...Anthony Burgio……………….… (212) 741-4811 Brooklyn……………….……..Louis Balsamo…………………... (718) 965-6336 Queens …………………….....Matthew Cioffi………………….. (718) 476-7595 Bronx………………………....Steven Berger…………………… (718) 548-1250 Staten Island ………………....John Peruffo……………..……… (718) 876-7606 Retiree’s………………….…..Nat Infurna……………………… (516) 747-1389 Life Member………………….Phil Repaci Sr…………………... (718) 758-4475

Trustees Manhattan………………...….Russ Maturo…………………...…(212) 239-9801 Manhattan………………...….Louis Corrente………………...…(212) 477-9275 Manhattan…………………….Andrew Carraro…………………(212) 927-3200 Brooklyn……………………..Sal Ferrante…………………..….(718) 875-6850 Brooklyn…………………......Vincent Aprea……………………(718) 629-1220 Brooklyn……………………..Michael Mongelli………………..(516) 732-5961 Queens…………………….…Stephen Salazer………………….(718) 533-2011 Queens…………………….…Dyanne Marzano…..…………….(718) 279-5200 Bronx………………………...Richard Citarella…………...…….(718) 292-6161 Bronx………………………...Rocco Ruscitto…………………..(914) 755-0606 Staten Island ………………...Michael Alfieri...………..……… (917) 575-0009 Citywide………………….....Alessandro Pizzirusso…………….(718) 876-8959

Directors & Advisors Special Assistant to the President: Phil Panzarella …..……….…(631) 965-7290

In closing, I again thank the whole Board and its members for their granting me my new endeavor. You can count on me to do my utmost best for our organization. Happy Holidays and Good Luck to all Emanuel Rossi, Editor

Public Relations Dir.....................John DelGaudio.......................(718) 494-3801 Travel............................................John Martini............................(718) 848- 1858 Health……………………………Dr. Brian Mignola…...………(718) 816-9056 Legal…………………………….Stuart Salles…..……………...(212) 267-9090 Legal…………………………….James Moschella…..…………(212) 233-3800 Spiritual……………………DC Msgr. Robert Romano…….…..(646) 610-6472 Spiritual………………………...Msgr. David Cassato….………(718) 259-9146

Past Presidents Frank Ventura…………………….…………………………...… (212) 610-6910 Paul DiGiacmo……………………....………………………..….(212) 587-1000 Giovanni Porcelli………………………………………………....(718) 702-2200 Stephen P. Chiarini.........................................................................(516) 887-5737 John Bucalo....................................................................................(631) 669- 9023

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from the Board of Officers


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Financial Secretaries Corner Manhattan Anthony Burgio Greetings all! On behalf of the entire Columbia Association Board, Wishing you all and your Families a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year! In 2012, we are going to be hosting some great events in Manhattan. Please stay tuned for details. If you haven't paid your 2011 dues, it is not too late. We will accept your past dues in 2012 which will be back-dated. Please see your precinct delegate or any board officer at the monthly meeting, or any event for further information. Also, don't forget to check out our new and updated website, WWW.NYPDCOLUMBIA.ORG. If you wish to pay your dues via the NYCAPS page, information is available under the "Membership" link. Again, Merry Christmas, and a Happy, Healthy, and Blessed 2012! Be safe, and wear your vests!

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Financial Secretaries Corner Bronx Steven Berger My fellow Bronx Columbia members The year has almost come to an end. Our membership still has room for improvement. For the New Year our goal should be to increase our numbers and to improve our attendance at the monthly meetings and our yearly events. With that said I like to wish all members a safe and happy holiday season.

Brooklyn

Staten Island

Louis Balsamo (Mr. Italy)

John Peruffo

Greetings my fellow Paisans

We wish you a Very Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a Great New Year. Today and always come home safe. Best of luck to in the incoming 2012 Columbia Board. It's been my pleasure to serve Staten Island as a Columbia Board Officer and I look forward to continue serving you over the next term.

This is my last column as Brooklyn Financial Secretary . I say so long for now and look forward to serving you as the Editor of the greatest organization in the New York City Police Department. Your new Brooklyn Financial secretary is Vincent Aprea. I look forward to seeing the delegates at December delegate meeting. If you know a command where there is no delegate please let us know. Remember to pay your 2012 dues using ESS/ paystub login. Thank you for letting me serve you as your financial secretary. Sincerely “Mr. Italy”. Have a Merry Christmas and an Happy New Year.

Queens Matthew Cioffi Greetings! I want to wish all of our members a very Merry Christmas and a happy new year! I hope we can make 2012 a much more successful year. Our delegates need to reach out to any and all potential members and sign up as many as possible. Again, I wish all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Please keep PO Peter Figoski and his family in your prayers. And stay safe!

Life Member Phil Repaci Sr. This past October 29th the NYPD Columbia Association along with the FDNY Columbia Association was invited and honored at the National Italian American Foundations’ annual Gala held at the Washington Hilton in Washington DC. The event theme was the tenth anniversary of 911. Our President and the board represented the membership and it shows how some people don’t forget. The President of the United States attended and offered a thank you to the first responders on that frightful day. (see below)


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A HOLIDAY MESSAGE FROM ORGANIZED CRIME CONTROL BUREAU CHIEF ANTHONY J. IZZO

Chief Anthony J. Izzo began his career in the New York City Police Department as a police trainee in 1968. He was appointed Police Officer on November 1, 1971. He was promoted to Sergeant in October 1981; to Lieutenant in June 1989; to Captain in July 1994; to Deputy Inspector in March 1998; to Inspector in September 1999; to Deputy Chief in September 2000; to Assistant Chief in June 2002; and to Bureau Chief in January 2006. He has served in the 13, 25, 26, 60, 63, 70, 105, and 114 Precincts, as well as the Applicant Investigation Unit, Highway Patrol, Street Crime Unit, and Patrol Borough Bronx. Chief Izzo has served as the Commanding Officer of the Narcotics Division, Patrol Borough Bronx, 75th precinct and 115th precinct, and the Roosevelt Avenue Task Force. Chief Izzo holds a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. He is a 1997 graduate of the Police Management Institute of Columbia University. In April 2007, Chief Izzo was honored in Padula, Italy where he was the recipient of the Lieutenant Joe Petrosino Award. This prestigious award is conferred each year upon an individual who overwhelmingly demonstrates the essence of the legendary lieutenant's commitment to fighting crime. Lieutenant Giuseppe "Joe" Petrosino was an NYPD officer who was a pioneer in the fight against organized crime; he was killed in the line of duty in March 1909 and remains the only member of the NYPD to be killed in the line of duty on foreign soil. The various crime fighting techniques that Lt. Joe Petrosino pioneered during his law enforcement career are still practiced by law enforcement today. Chief Izzo directs and controls the daily operations of seven divisions and over 2,300 uniform and civilian personnel that comprise the Organized Crime Control Bureau. The men and women under his command are tasked with investigating traditional organized crime organizations, money launders, asset forfeitures, and those engaged in the illegal trafficking of narcotics, firearms, and under-aged prostitutes. In addition, his investigators address organized automobile related crime, criminal gang organizations, the pursuit of pedophiles and illegal gambling organizations.

Hello Chief – it’s always a pleasure speaking to you. My first question is, if I’m not mistaken, your father was a Police Officer with the department, was he? Yes, my father was a Police Officer for twenty years and retired out of the 83rd Pct. Was he also a member of the Association? And if so, for how long? He was a member of the Association for his entire career and served the organization first as a delegate, and for the lions share of his career, a board member. He was a staunch defender of Italian American Police Officers who were often the subject of discrimination. The Columbia Association was truly his second family. The association is in a position to act as a conduit in keeping our culture alive in the hearts and minds of our members and their families. Can you tell our readers what the Association means to you? And what tradition in your family did you follow? Growing up, it was always my dream to follow in my father’s footsteps. One of the most precious moments in my career was the day I was sworn in, my father was present, and his shield was passed to me. Chief, again I am honored that you took time out of your busy schedule to speak to the Columbia editor. Any last words you would like to say to our readers? I would like to take this opportunity to wish our members a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year. Buena Fortuna! Biography taken from NYPD web


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2011 Cigars Under the Stars

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2011 Kids Xmas Party

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Restaurant Corner Cafe Bella Vita 1744 E. Main St. Mohegan Lake, NY 10547

914-528-8233 The decor is simple and cuisine uncomplicated, but the mammoth portions of hearty Italian fare guarantee you'll be bringing home a doggy bag. Start with the cold antipasto platter, and try not to fill up on prosciutto and Parmesan because the tender tortellini torino overflow from the bowl. Counting calories won't be an option here, so indulge in the Nutella-filled ravioli for dessert, or savor air-light ricotta cheesecake.

HOILDAY Home Cooking A recipe courtesy of Mario Batali What is the Feast of the Seven Fishes? According to Mario Batali, "It's what Italians do when they say they're fasting." More precisely, the Feast is a meal served in Italian households on La Vigilia (Christmas Eve). In many parts of Italy, the night is traditionally a partial fast, during which no meat should be served. But in true Italian style, this proscription has morphed into something very unfastlike indeed: course after course of luxurious seafood dishes, often as many as 7, 10, or even 13. "No one's quite sure of the significance of the number," says Batali. "Some families do seven for the sacraments. Some do ten for the stations of the cross. And some even do 13 for the 12 apostles plus Jesus." Regardless of the religious symbolism, for most people the main point of the meal is to gather family and friends and enjoy delicious food. In Batali's Italian-American family, his grandmother used to host the feast, with everyone pitching in. "She would let us kids help her make fresh pasta," Batali recalls. "Then she'd lay it out on towels on our beds to dry for the day." After dinner, they'd open half their presents, saving the rest for Christmas Day.

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This Christmas, we asked Batali to put together a special Feast of the Seven Fishes menu for Epicurious. The dishes he chose represent the traditional elements of the meal: antipasti to get things going; simple, classic pastas; three hearty main courses; and plenty of desserts to finish on a sweet note. Most of the recipes hail from the Campania region, specifically the Amalfi coast, which Batali feels produces Italy's most spectacular seafood. (When asked why he loves the area so much, he simply said, "Have you been there?") One item that might be unfamiliar to some American palates is the baked eel, but Batali stresses that this is an essential part of an Italian Christmas Eve celebration. "To most Italians, it would practically be sacrilegious not to have it," he says. Have your fishmonger skin and gut the eel, and the dish will be a snap to prepare—and you might be won over by its flavorful succulence. Eel with Olives, Chiles, and Capers (Anguilla Livernese) 2 cups basic tomato sauce • 1 cup dry red wine • 12 caper berries • 12 gaeta olives • 1 teaspoon hot red pepper flakes • 2 pounds eel, (from the sea or river), skinned and gutted by your fishmonger, rinsed, patted dry, and cut into 4-inchlong pieces • Salt and freshly ground black pepper • 2 tablespoons chopped fennel fronds

1. Preheat the oven to 450°F. 2. In a large sauce pan, combine the tomato sauce, red wine, caper berries, olives, and red pepper flakes and bring to a boil over medium heat. 3. Meanwhile, season the eel with salt and pepper and arrange in a single layer in a baking dish. 4. Pour the sauce over the eel, put the dish in the oven, and bake for about 20 minutes, until the eel is cooked through. Transfer to a warmed platter, sprinkle with the chopped fennel, and serve immediately. www.epicurious.com/.../holidays/christmas/batalisevenfishes


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Death Announcements

RETIRED DESK: By Nat Infurna Retired Financial Secretary

MEMBERSHIP as of Nov.30, 2011 Retired..............................412 Life.................................1120 Delinquent................... 29 Note: Please consider donating your $400 death benefit to the Scholarship Fund for a one time tax deduction. EVENTS Next General Meeting (installation of new officers) Jan.24, 2012 NEWS A memorial service was held at Msgr. Romano's parish on Nov.21, 2011at Our Lady of Guadalope Church in Brooklyn and was attended by many retirees. Plenty of good food was served.. The next night was the General Meeting where the raffle prizes were free turkeys. PRAYERS Pray for all members who are sick at home or confined to a nursing home and all members on patrol to keep them safe. Have a Holy and Merry Christmas and a Healthy and Happy New Year!!

The Columbia Association Mourns The Loss Of: ۩Pray for the repose soul of Louie Rango, Louis passed this month. In 1989 he was shot along with his partner Billy Gunn as they attempted to apprehend a murder suspect in the confines of the 79 Pct. Billy Gunn never regained consciousness and was in a coma and subsequently died of his wounds in 1992.

۩Pray for the repose soul of Robert Cioffi, beloved brother of Sgt. Matthew Cioffi Columbia Association Queens Financial Secretary.

۩Pray for the repose soul of Police Officer Anthony DiGiovanna, Columbia Association Delegate at the 48 Pct. Office DiGiovanna passed this month after apparently suffering a heart attack while on duty. He is survived by his wife Joanna and his four daughters.

۩Pray for the repose soul of life member Anthony

UNTIL THE NEXT ISSUE - CIAO!!

Rao.

۩Pray for the repose soul of Phyllis Esposito cousin of Board Officer Monsignor Robert J. Romano.

۩Pray for the repose soul of Life member Michael C Morra. A message sent to John DelGaudio (Public Relation Dir.) Dear Board Members, Hard for me to believe it’s been 30 years since Al Carena signed me up at the Police Academy to be part of this great organization. Thought it appropriate to catch you up on my son Joseph Matthew who was lucky enough to be a two time scholarship recipient. Joe is now a sophomore at George Mason University in Fairfax Va. Joe recently completed an internship working on Capitol Hill for Staten Island/ Brooklyn Rep. Michael Grimm. The reason for my note however has to do with his most recent accomplishment. Joe has been selected to the GMU study abroad program. This coming January he will be traveling to Florence Italy to begin a five month program studying Italian politics, Government and course language. If Joe were headed to England or Germany I probably wouldn’t have informed you. Since he’s headed to the “Motherland” I thought you may be nearly as proud of him as we are, particularly his two Grandfathers! in closing I’d like to wish each of you Happy and Blessed Holidays as well as the rest of our membership and all our servicemen and women. Where would we be without them? I remain respectfully and gratefully, Lt. Joseph A Cadarera, NYPD Retired.

**REMINDER** The association has a Facebook and Linkedin page

۩Pray for the repose soul Life member George DiGiacomo.

Birth Announcements

Congratulations to Phil and Sherri Panzarella on the birth of Faith Panzarella born 12-21-10 shown above with brother and sister Phillip and Shannon Congratulations to P.O. Gianfranco Mezzoiuso of QNS BLAST and his wife Michelle on baby boy Franco Antonio 11-17-11


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