Chazz Palminteri Honored by New York State Senate

    Recently, I had the opportunity to congratulate Chazz Palminteri for his commitment to preserving Italian American heritage. The New York State adopted a resolution earlier this month to honor Chazz at the Italian-American Day Celebration.

    LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION honoring Chazz Palminteri for his commitment to

    preserving Italian American heritage

    WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to pay tribute to

    those individuals of true purpose and worthy accomplishment that provide

    opportunities to celebrate their rich ethnic flavor and which strive to

    preserve their cultural heritage; and

    WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long

    standing traditions, this Legislative Body is justly proud to honor

    Chazz Palminteri for his commitment to preserving Italian American

    heritage to be observed at the Italian-American Day Celebration, in

    Albany, New York, on Monday, June 6, 2011; and

    WHEREAS, Born on May 15, 1952, in the Bronx, New York, Calogero Loren

    zo Palminteri, known as Chazz, grew up in a rough neighborhood which

    taught him vital life lessons that would later prove very useful in

    pursuing his passion and lifework; and

    WHEREAS, After graduating from Theodore Roosevelt High School, Chazz

    Palminteri went on to foster his craft, of writing, acting, and direct

    ing, and in 1973, studied with Lee Strasberg at the Actors Studio; and

    WHEREAS, Due to the negative stereotypes of the wise guys and hoodlums

    of the Italian-American community, Chazz Palminteri, through his dedi

    cation and hard work, has attempted to shed light on the accomplishments

    of his true hero, the working man, the glue that holds together all the

    Italian American communities throughout the country; and

    WHEREAS, Chazz Palminteri has been a natural choice to continue the

    Italianate torch in film, bringing true grit, muscle, and an evocative

    realism to the sidewalks of his New York neighborhood; and

    WHEREAS, Well known for "A Bronx Tale", Chazz Palminteri originally

    wrote the semi-autobiographical script for the stage, and in 1988,

    performed the masterpiece as a one-man show in Los Angeles, in which he

    played 18 different roles, before moving the production to New York;

    this outstanding performance earned him nominations for the New York

    Outer Critics Circle, for both acting and writing; and

    WHEREAS, While in New York Chazz Palminteri completed the screenplay

    of "A Bronx Tale", and in 1993, found himself starring opposite Robert

    DeNiro in the film, who chose the script for his directorial debut; and

    WHEREAS, Extremely talented and multifaceted, Chazz Palminteri has

    given acclaimed performances in film, television, and on stage, portray

    ing both dramatic and comedic roles; he has also voiced characters in

    various animated films, and has written as well as directed, while

    always remaining true to his proud Italian American Heritage; and

    WHEREAS, The recipient of numerous awards and accolades, Chazz Palmin

    teri received the 1996 Leadership in Entertainment Award from the Coali

    tion of Italo-American Associations, Inc., and was honored by President

    Clinton with a Special Achievement Award for the Performing Arts from

    the National Italian American Foundation in Washington, D.C.; and

    WHEREAS, Chazz Palminteri earned high praise and an Academy Award

    nomination for his performance in "Bullets Over Broadway", in which he

    portrayed a gangster with unexpected dramaturgical gifts; this earned

    him an Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Actor, as well as

    nominations for a Screen Actors Guild Award, and an American Comedy

    Award; and

    WHEREAS, In addition, Chazz Palminteri is the National Spokesperson

    for the Cooley's Anemia Foundation, leading the fight in finding a cure

    for Thalassemia; and

    WHEREAS, With him throughout have been his wife, Gianna, and their two

    children, Dante Lorenzo and Gabriella Rose, all of whom feel privileged

    to be part of his life and rejoice in his achievements; and

    WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body, in keeping with its

    time-honored traditions, to recognize and pay tribute to those individ

    uals who foster ethnic pride and enhance the profile of cultural diver

    sity which strengthens the fabric of the communities of New York State;

    now, therefore, be it

    RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to

    honor Chazz Palminteri for his commitment to preserving Italian American

    heritage; and be it further

    RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran

    smitted to Chazz Palminteri.