Newsday article, November 14, 1999
(used by permission)
It took a Jewish congressman with an Italian chief of staff to shepherd House passage last week of a bill requiring the federal government to report on the detainment and harassment of Italian-Americans during World War II.
Passed by a voice vote Wednesday, the bill came out of the office of Rep. Eliot Engel (D-Bronx), who gave credit to chief of staff John Calvelli.
John Mancini, head of the Italic Studies Institute located in Manhattan, had tried for years to get Italian-American lawmakers to push such legislation. He said many were reluctant because the group as a whole did not want to remember the bad times. Rep. Rick Lazio (R-Brightwaters), an Italian-American, also helped the bill along by lobbying Judiciary Committee Chairman Henry Hyde (R-Ill.).