The Bronx Chamber of Commerce President Mr. Lenny Caro and his staff out did themselves this past Wednesday with their Italian Heritage month Leadership Luncheon. Tenor Chris Macchio (compliments of the Belmont BID) belted out the Italian and United States national anthems to open the luncheon. If you have been to Citi Field you may have heard Mr. Macchio sing the national anthem, but not at Yankee Stadium. When I asked Mr. Caro about that his answer was we are working on that for next season.
The Honorees included Councilman James Vacca (Jimmy). New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, Assemblyman Mike Benedetto, Mr. Tony Signorile (Bronx Columbus Day Parade Chairman), Ms. Geri Sciortino (Bronx Design Group), Mr. Joesph Deglomini Jr. (Simone Development), Mr. Anthont Mormile (Mahopac National Bank), and Ms. Rosemary DeLuca (Wildlife Conservation Society). Each honoree received the Bronx Chamber of Commerce Bronze Eagle and citation along with some great Italian food.
Mr Caro defined the mission of the Bronx Chamber of Commerce, and said that they were at City hall recently to try to get some of "Crazy Laws" from over 200 years ago that are still laws and merchants being given summonses for. he mentioned the law requiring a spittoon in the Establishment, and having your licence number on your business card as examples. Mr. Caro then went on to name all the new businesses, and spoke about how the Yankee playoffs will add to the business boom, hoping to see another World Series winning team.
Mr. Caro then introduced the elected officials, and Councilman Vacca and Assemblyman Benedetto were rather short on their speeches. State Comptroller DiNapoli broke the ice by saying that he hoped to be half as popular as Councilman Jimmy Vacca which drew a roar from the packed room. DiNapoli went on to say how New York City has been the only area of the state that has fully regained its lost jobs due to the recession, and also is the only area to have gained jobs. He added that is good for New York City and good for New York State. Below are a few photos of the luncheon.
Left - Tenor Chris Macchio.
Right - Councilman Vacca with his mother Elizabeth, who admitted she made her son Jimmy change his vote on the term limit issue.
Left - The Honorees.Right - The honorees holding their citation and Bronx Chamber of Commerce Eagle.