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This edition: January 2010

Episode Details

Original tape date: January 26, 2010.

A. ) ITALICS goes to an International Conference on the legacy of the Late NYPD Detective Joseph A. Petrosino, and the current status of the Italian Government's war against the Mafia in Sicily, One Hundred years after Petrosino's murder there. A Blue Ribbon Panel, comprised of members of Law Enforcement, Government, and Education from Italy and The United States convened at John Jay College of Criminal Justice/CUNY, one of the Nation's Leading Institutions in the field of Criminology, to investigate and debate the Petrosino Legacy, and Organzied Crime in Sicily today. Legendary NYPD Detective Joseph A. Petrosino was among the first Italian Americans in the NYPD, and as Lt. Petrosino was the leader of the first Organized Crime division of the NYPD, known as the Italian Squad. Lt. Joseph Petrosino was killed while on undercover investigation in Palermo, Sicily, 1909. To this date, Detective Joseph Petrosino is the only NYPD Officer killed on duty while serving abroad.  

B) ITALICS Then joins The National Organization of Italian American Women/NOIAW, as they celebrate the holidays with their annual Ephphany event, honoring "Three Wise Women" from the Community. This year NOIAW honored Marietta DiChristina, Editor in Chief of Scientific American Magazine, Dr. Concetta M. Tomaino, Director of the Institute for Music and Neurologic Function, and Maria T. Vullo, Partner in the Litigation Department of Paul, Weiss, Rifkin, Wharton, & Garrison LLP.

Guest List

Hon. Giovanni Avanti President of the Province of Palermo

Tiffany Berns President/NY Region, NOIWA

Don Luigi Ciotti President of Libera

Marietta DiChristina Queens College/CUNY

Fred Gardaphé Distinguished Professor of Italian American Studies, Queens College/CUNY

Hon. Luigi Gentile Commissioner of Employment and Emigration

George Grasso First Deputy Police Commissioner, NYPD

Dr. Pietro Grasso Attorney, National Anti-Mafia

Dr. Gerardo Greco Journalistic of Rai Italian Television

Lucia Grillo Italics Correspondent

Joseph Guccione US Marshal Department of Justice, Southern District of New York

Dr. Ivan Lo Bello President of Confindustria Sicilia

Carmela Ottaviano National Organization of Italian American Women

Hon. A. Gail Prudenti Presiding Justice, Appellate Division Secon Department

Prof. Marcello Saija University of Messina

Prof. Learco Saporito Vice President of Administrative Court of Justice and National President of A.N.F.E.

Dr. Aileen Riotto Sirey Chairwoman/Founder, NOIAW

Hon. Francesco Maria Talo Consul General of Italy to New York

Cav. Anthony Julian Tamburri, PhD. Dean and Executive Director, The John D. Calandra Italian American Institute

Dr. Concetta M. Tomaino Director, Institute for Music and Neurologic Function

Dr. Jeremy Travis President, John Jay College of Criminal Justice/ CUNY

Maria T. Vullo Partner/Litigation-Paul, Weiss, Rifkin, Wharton, & Garrison LLP