Sons & Daughters of Italy honors two
Daniel Zuckerman is reporting for Columbia-Greene Media the Columbia County Sons & Daughters of Italy January 7, honor two public figures with the organization's Positive Image Award, honoring Italian-Americans who are active in their communities. This year awards went to Hudson City School District Superintendent Maria Suttmeier and Theodore Filli, who for many years operated the Claverack Food Mart. John Florio Jr., a former president of the organization, was posthumously honored with a plaque, as well. Past recipients include U.S. Rep. John Faso, Columbia County District Attorney Paul Czajka and Columbia-Greene Community College President James Campion. Filli said he was honored to have received the award and spoke about his hard-working mother, a cook at the former Yorkshire Farms Restaurant in Claverack. “She was my foundation and any time I had a problem, I talked to her,” Filli said. “I had a strong Italian heritage.” Earning the reward resonated with Suttmeier, who said she worked all her life to be a positive role model for children. Suttmeier said her students will be proud of her because she is proud of their accomplishments. Read the full story at HudsonValley36 [dot] com.