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Commending Tony Danza upon the occasion of his selection as 2014 Italian-American Day Honoree

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION commending Tony Danza upon the occasion of his
selection as 2014 Italian-American Day Honoree

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to pay tribute to
those individuals of true purpose and worthy accomplishment who foster
ethnic pride and strive to preserve their cultural heritage, thereby
enhancing the profile of cultural diversity which strengthens the fabric
of community throughout this great Empire State; and
WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long-
standing traditions, this Legislative Body is justly proud to commend
Tony Danza upon the occasion of his selection as 2014 Italian-American
Day Honoree; and
WHEREAS, Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, actor and humanitarian
Tony Danza has starred on some of television's most beloved series, and
is one of America's most beloved entertainers; for more than 30 years,
this celebrity has delighted television, film, and stage audiences with
his performances, and has impacted countless lives through his many
volunteer efforts; and
WHEREAS, Tony Danza is the oldest son of proud Italian American
parents who truly believed in the American dream, and who modeled commu-
nity and family values; his father, Matty, was a Brooklyn sanitation
worker, while his mother, Anne, an immigrant from the Sicilian province
of Trapani, worked as a bookkeeper; and
WHEREAS, Tony Danza and his family moved to the Long Island community
of Malverne, Nassau County, when he was 14; after graduating from
Malverne High School, he attended the University of Dubuque on a wrestl-
ing scholarship, earning a bachelor's degree in history education; and
WHEREAS, While earning a living as a professional boxer, Tony Danza
was "discovered" and eventually cast in the critically-acclaimed tele-
vision series "Taxi," earning him a place in television history, and
making him a household name; this was followed by a starring role in the
series "Who's the Boss?," which ran for eight seasons and broke all
syndication records; and
WHEREAS, This multifaceted entertainer next explored his love for the
stage; his many stage credits include his theatrical debut in WRONG TURN
AT LUNGFISH (1993), for which he earned an Outer Critic's Circle Award
nomination; the critically-acclaimed THE ICEMAN COMETH; Arthur Miller's
Tony Award-winning play, A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE; and Mel Brooks's hit
musical, THE PRODUCERS, playing Max Bialystock; and
WHEREAS, Tony Danza has also appeared on the big screen in such films
as ANGELS IN THE OUTFIELD, SHE'S OUT OF CONTROL, THE HOLLYWOOD KNIGHTS,
and A BROOKLYN STATE OF MIND; and
WHEREAS, Proud of his heritage, Tony Danza and his son, Marc, wrote
DON'T FILL UP ON THE ANTIPASTO: TONY DANZA'S FATHER-SON COOKBOOK, in
which they share favorite family recipes, and stories about their Itali-
an immigrant family history; and
WHEREAS, From 2009 to 2010, this extraordinary man took on the chal-
lenge of teaching tenth-grade English at Philadelphia's Northeast High
School; his amazing experience was taped and aired in the lauded seven-
part documentary series, "Teach," and, in September 2012, his acclaimed
reflection of his teaching experience, "I'D LIKE TO APOLOGIZE TO EVERY
TEACHER I EVER HAD: MY YEAR AS A ROOKIE TEACHER AT NORTHEAST HIGH," was
released; and
WHEREAS, Tony Danza cares passionately about young people and devotes
considerable time and energies to initiatives aimed towards making a
difference for youth; he is a regular volunteer and mentor at the New
York City All Stars Project, which transforms the lives of youth and

poor communities through performance, and he volunteers for the New
York-based Voices Against Brain Cancer; and
WHEREAS, In addition, Tony Danza is a participant in Only Make
Believe, which provides interactive theatre experiences for children in
hospitals and care facilities; he organizes and hosts an annual
student/teacher talent show fundraiser at Northeast High School, and
this energetic man recently joined the board of the New York City Police
Athletic League where he will focus his efforts on strengthening the
relationship between the city's youth and the police department; and
WHEREAS, In 2010, Tony Danza received the Inspire Award from AARP THE
MAGAZINE, recognizing him as a person who inspires others to action
through their innovative thinking, passion and perseverance; he was also
honored by USA TODAY at its 2013 National Make A Difference Day Awards
for his commitment to helping others through his numerous charity
efforts; and
WHEREAS, Tony Danza has truly distinguished himself in his career and
community involvement, and the Italian-American community and all of New
York State has profited greatly from his talent, dedication, and
service; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
commend Tony Danza upon the occasion of being selected as 2014 Italian-
American Day Honoree; and be it further
RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Tony Danza.

actions

  • 30 / May / 2014
    • REFERRED TO FINANCE
  • 03 / Jun / 2014
    • REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • 03 / Jun / 2014
    • ADOPTED

Resolution Details

Law Section:
Resolutions, Legislative

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