At that time, Sen. Kerry assured Piccigallo that he would get the resolution passed by the deadline of March 16, which marks the end of the year-long Italian anniversary celebrations. Following the Senator’s directions, Piccigallo worked directly on this matter with Kerry’s chief of staff, David Wade.

Italian American organizations, including the Constantine Brumidi Society, led by Joseph N. Grano, Esq. and the Conference of Presidents of Major Italian American Organizations, had worked for more than two years, urging Congress to recognize this important milestone in Italian history.

"OSIA is deeply gratified that our personal intercession with Senator Kerry proved to be the final push to get this Resolution passed in time. Knowing of the Senator's longtime admiration and support of Italy, we never had any doubts," said Piccigallo.