Italian-American Police Association      Western New York
Italian-American Police Association
Western New York
P.O. Box 1194, Ellicott Street Station, Buffalo, New York 14205
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Dear Members and guests,
Thank you for visting the IAPAs homepage. Feel free to visit anytime. The IAPAs members consist of men and women who work within the criminal justice field and are first generation Italian immigrants or descendants. If you are interested in joining our organization and meet the criteria feel free to download an application and bring it to any general meeting. If you would like to contact us you may do so by email. If you would like us to call you please leave a phone number. Thank you.
Steve Lanza President, IAPAWNY

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Event Calendar


Italian night at Coca Cola Field:
July 23rd, the Buffalo Bisons will host their annual Italian American Fesitival night.   Paul Pellicano, a member of the italian American Police Association will receive the Italian Federation Award, the member of the year, for his accomplishments. Dennis Dipiaolo will honor Bob Syracuse with the Italian man of the year award. The cost is $7.50 for admittance into the park. Award ceremonies will be held at the Coca Cola Field Pavilion area (open at 5pm), which will feature live music, the Buffalo Jazz and Swing Band, food and drink specials. A bocce game will be held on the field during the game (start 7:05) After the game will be a post game pyrotechno display.

Golf Tournament :
On Monday, September 8, 2014, this event will be held at the Westwood Country Club. It is located at 772 North Forest Drive, Williamsville, New York 14221.

Foursomes are being sought for this fun event. Also Donations for the raffle are greatly appreciated.
We are working on an online application in the near future.
More information will be provided and also you may contact Ron Deschene with any questions. He can be reached at (716) 863-8788.
Galbani Italian Heritage Festival:

Hertel Avenue, Buffalo, New York
July 17-20, 2014 
Wings Annual BBQ:
This worthwhile and fun event is located at the Erie County Fair Grounds. Tickets are $35.00 pre-sale and $40.00. at the door.  Any queston please either call (716) 667-0812 or visit WINGSFLIGHT.ORG.

 New York City Trip:

The trip to the Yankees vs. Blue Jays Game and San Gennaro Festival will be from September 18th through the 21st, 2014.

Travel to New York City will be on Amtrak. Departure from Amtak Depew Station is at 7:41 am on train 284 on Thursday, September 18th, and returns from Penn Station at 1:20 am on Sunday, September 21st on train 283.
Travel from Penn station to the hotel is not included. Either a taxi or subway can be taken to the Belvedere Hotel, where there is the sleeping accomodations. Penn Station is only three blocks from the hotel. It is also walking distance to Time Square.

The total cost for transportation, hotel, baggage handling (1 bag per person) and game ticket is as follows:

DBL room 2 to a room $610.00pp
Triple room 3 to a room $490.00pp
Quad room 4 to rooom $430.00pp
Note that based on upgrading the baseball tickets to the next level along with with an increase in hotel charges the  new cost per person this year is slightly higher by $45./per person. This was originally $100. more per person but Steve Lanza was able to re-negotiate the room price back down to close to what we paid last year along with the breakfast buffet to be included in the morning.
The game is at 7:05 PM Friday night with the New York Yankees playing the Tronoto Blue Jays.  This is also the last year Derek Jeter is playing.

There are only "80" tickets available for this trip. The tickets will be available to members only until May 1st, and then are open to non-members. Steve has a waiting list for people who have gone on the trip in the past and will back fill with those names. He doesn't want any disappointed members, so please act quickly because once the seats are gone, they are gone!

The San Gennaro Festival is going on all 4 days while we are in NYC!


Reservations for our NYC trip must be made by this meeting to assure your spot. I will be opening up unfilled spots to other Police and Italian groups to fill any openings. The dates are September 18 through the 21st. The price includes transportation, hotel (Belvedere W. 48th St. Manhattan) breakfast buffet and game ticket. The Yankees are playing the Toronto Blue Jays. The price based on dbl occupancy is $610.00pp, based on triple occupancy $490.00pp, based on quad occupancy $430.00pp.



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History of the IAPA of WNY
 As told by Charlie Fieramusca...

  The Italian American Police Association began when Angelo Fatta got an idea in his head about starting a club consisting of Italian American Police Officers. Accordingly, Angelo Fatta is considered our founding father. Eight of us got together and held our very first meeting in the old Show-up room on the fourth floor of Police Headquarters, 74 Franklin Street. I was appointed as the first recording secretary and Angelo Fatta was named our first President.
  The minutes of every meeting including that very first meeting have been preserved and passed on from recording secretary to recording secretary. To the best of my recollection, the members in attendance at that first meeting were: Angelo Fatta, Nick Martone, Louis Russo, Angelo Alessandra, Anthony Curletta, Anthony Manzella, Joseph Lascola, and Charlie Fieramusca. In addition, Angelo Cannizzaro and Joseph Nigrelli were appointed to the original board of directors.
  We began as a fraternal organization and over the years established goals and objectives as listed in our by-laws. We have grown into a strong, widespread organization which is dedicated not only to bringing together Italian Americans who are members of the criminal justice system, but more importantly reaching out to members of the community who are in need.
  In 1974, a young Police Officer assigned to the fifth precinct in Buffalo was tragically killed in the line of duty. His name was David J. Scime; he was the first member of our association who was killed in the line of duty. We established a scholarship in his name and every year since his death; this financial scholarship is awarded to a graduate of McKinley High School, David"s alma mater. We also award a second scholarship at Lafayette High School annually in the name of Robert Insalaco, yet another member of our association who was killed in the line of duty.
 Membership to our organization has since grown to all areas of the criminal justice system. We are a proud, strong organization dedicated to helping members of our society who are less fortunate than we are. It is our goal to continue growing and helping our community far into the future.
Charlie Fieramusca
First Recording Secretary
Past President, I.A.P.A.


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