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Carolyn M.
Democrat NY 12

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  • In Recognition of Osvaldo Loverme, Marie Torniali and Connie Vario

    by Representative Carolyn B. Maloney

    Posted on 2013-01-15

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    MALONEY of new york in the house of representatives Tuesday, January 15, 2013 Mrs. CAROLYN B. MALONEY of New York. Mr. Speaker, I rise to pay tribute to Osvaldo LoVerme, Marie Torniali, and Connie Vario, who are being honored for their distinguished service to the community by the Taminent Regular Democratic Club. The Taminent Club is celebrating its 81st Annual Dinner Dance this month in Astoria, Queens.

    In recognition of his lifetime commitment to civic engagement, Osvaldo ``Ozzie'' LoVerme is being honored with the ``Ralph DeMarco Award.'' Mr. LoVerme is the President of Teamsters Union Local 808. His career began in 1973 working for ConRail Railroad, and throughout his career, he has proved himself to be a trusted advocate for co-workers and union members. His dedication to the labor movement and his tireless efforts to protect workers and their families earned him the position as leader of the Teamsters Local 808. Mr. LoVerme has a strong presence in the community, serving on many cultural and civic organizations in his hometown of Astoria. He is the Vice President of the Astoria Homeowners, Tenants & Business Civic Association and Vice President of the Associazione Siciliani Uniti of New York. Mr. LoVerme came to Astoria from Sicily in 1968, and has always stayed connected to his Italian heritage as a member of many Italian cultural organizations. He is a devoted husband to his wife, Marie and loving father to his son, Vinny.

    Marie Torniali is receiving the ``Community Service Award'' for her dedication to her neighborhood and service to others in the community. Ms. Tomiali attended high school in Astoria after arriving in the United States from France as a child. She is currently the Executive Director of the Central Astoria Local Development Coalition, where she has worked since 1979, and the Steinway Astoria Partnership. She also serves as a Board Member of Community Board 1. Previously, Ms. Torniali was the manager of the Steinway Street Business Improvement District. Her dedication to the security of the neighborhood of Astoria has earned her the 114th Civilian Observation Patrol (Civ-OP) Walter Michie Award, the Women of Distinction Award, and the New York Anti-Crime's Eternal Vigilance Award. She is also deeply devoted to her husband, Pietro, their daughter, Tanya, and son-in-law, John.

    Connie Vario is being honored as a Lifetime Member of Taminent Democratic Club. She has been an active member of the Taminent Women's Regular Democratic Club for over 30 years. Ms. Vario devotes her time to volunteer work through Immaculate Conception parish, for which she works at the Church's Homeless Shelter, and is a member of the Rosarian Society. Since moving to Astoria with her husband Nicholas in 1954, Ms. Vario has been dedicated to serving her community and her neighbors. Mr. and Ms. Vario are loving parents to their three children, Patrick, Margaret, and Maria.

    Mr. Speaker, I ask my colleagues to join me in recognizing the extraordinary contributions that Osvaldo LoVerme, Marie Torniali, and Connie Vario have made to the community of Astoria. Their lifetimes of service and dedication to civic life have greatly benefited their neighborhood and the city of New York.


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