Commending Mario Cilento upon the occasion of being selected as an honoree for this year's Italian American Day on June 3, 2019

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Senate Resolution No. 1616


COMMENDING Mario Cilento upon the occasion of
being selected as an honoree for this year's Italian
American Day on June 3, 2019

WHEREAS, It is the custom of this Legislative Body to recognize and
commend the efforts of those individuals who distinguish themselves in
service to the cause of working men and women in the State of New York;

WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its
long-standing traditions, this Legislative Body is justly proud to
commend Mario Cilento upon the occasion of being selected as an honoree
for this year's Italian American Day to be celebrated on Monday, June 3,
2019; and

WHEREAS, After earning his Bachelors of Science degree from Fordham
University in 1990, Mario Cilento joined the Newspaper Guild-CWA; two
years later, he began his long and distinguished career with the New
York State AFL-CIO, serving as Public Relations Director from 1992-1999;

WHEREAS, Mario Cilento then held the position of Chief of Staff; in
this capacity, he coordinated the day to day and long-term political,
legislative, communications and grassroots strategies of the
organization, as well as the overall policy and development of the
organization's staff departments; he was also responsible for outreach,
initiatives and strategies concerning the State Federation's Executive
Board and affiliates; and

WHEREAS, In 2011, Mario Cilento was elected to the esteemed title of
President of the New York State AFL-CIO; throughout his tenure, he has
focused on transforming the way people see the labor movement to ensure
New Yorkers understand unions are made up of people who work, and we are
all connected by work; and

WHEREAS, Mario Cilento has also concentrated on educating the
union's 2.5 million members on issues which impact their well-being, and
then translating that knowledge into grassroots advocacy in their
respective communities; and

WHEREAS, Mario Cilento's renewed focus on membership engagement
combined with new communication strategies has been instrumental in the
enactment of progressive legislation, which has a real impact on the
lives of working families across the state; and

WHEREAS, Some of the most recent improvements include reform which
will require Industrial Development Agencies (IDA) to have transparency
and accountability standards when public money is used for economic
development; in 2013, he created the Making New York Work campaign which
uses the perspective of hard-working New Yorkers to make valuable
changes throughout the State; and

WHEREAS, Under the luminous leadership of Mario Cilento, the New
York State AFL-CIO also helped pass the Veterans' Service Credit bill,
the Paid Family Leave benefit, the $15 per hour minimum wage, the
reauthorization of the World Trade Center Health Program and extension
of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund, and the first increase
in unemployment benefits in 14 years, as well as a 50 percent boost in
the minimum workers' compensation benefit; and

WHEREAS, In addition, New York State AFL-CIO coordinated a
successful multi-union effort to revolutionize the delivery of health
care in New York, and The Safe Patient Handling Act; and

WHEREAS, Mario Cilento has also served as a Commissioner of the New
York State Insurance Fund and on the Executive Boards of the Workforce
Development Institute and the Working Theater; currently, he is a member
of the Cornell University Board of Trustees and the New York State
AFL-CIO/Cornell ILR Board; and

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body that when
individuals of such noble aims and accomplishments are brought to our
attention, they should be celebrated and recognized by all the citizens
of this great Empire State; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
commend Mario Cilento upon the occasion of being selected as an honoree
for this year's Italian American Day on June 3, 2019; and be it further

RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be
transmitted to Mario Cilento.


  • 22 / May / 2019

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