Vox Populi: The O'Shaughnessy Files

By William O’Shaughnessy | Go to book overview

ANDY ALBANESE: AN ICON PROPERLY
RESTORED (WITH A LITTLE HELP
FROM FOUR GOVERNORS!)

Delivered on the occasion of the Italian-American Citizen
Club Dinner-Dance held at Alex & Henry’s in Eastchester,
New York, on October 13, 1995.

County Executive Andy O’Rourke; Assemblywoman Audrey Hochberg; Supervisor Jim Cavanaugh; Legislator Joe Delfino; Commissioner Ray Albanese; Supervisor Jim Doody; Council members Vicky Ford and Vito Pinto; Judge Dominick Porco; and Anthony J. Colavita Jr., the spitting image of his father. Also my pal Dave DiRubba.

With a few exceptions, this is a very strong Republican group. And so I hesitate to remind you about the night in 1982 when I came home from Andy’s restaurant with a pizza and a thousand-dollar check for Mario Cuomo’s campaign! (laughter)

Ladies and gentlemen, for you to allow an O’Shaughnessy to present himself at your Italian-American dinner-dance speaks volumes about your legendary forbearance, understanding, and generosity. I won’t intrude for very long.

I come to honor a longtime and valued friend. You have left your hearth and home on this splendid Indian summer night for the same reason.

It is fitting to appropriate this brilliant day to pay tribute to Andy Albanese. He is a child of your neighborhood, of you and yours. I can’t tell you anything about him you don’t already know.

The Supreme Court Judge Alvin Richard Ruskin once told me, when he was a youngster in this fabled town, there was no one poorer, or richer, than Andy Albanese. I suppose he was referring to Andy’s dedication, fortitude, and devotion, to both this town and region, as well as his service as chairman of the Board of Legislators.

Today, the Albanese family name is synonymous with Eastchester, just like those of Francis X. O’Rourke, Tony Colavita, Nick Colabella, and Vin Bellew, of sainted memory.

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