NIAF Mourns the Passing of Former Representative Mario Biaggi


Contact: Elissa Ruffino, 202-939-3106,


Attributed to NIAF Chairman Joseph V. Del Raso

“On behalf of the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) Board of Directors, we are deeply saddened by the passing of former New York Representative Mario Biaggi, who was also a former New York City police officer. We extend our heartfelt condolences to the Biaggi family. Rep. Biaggi died on June 24, at his home in the Bronx at the age of 97.

“Our family was introduced to NIAF through Mario Biaggi with an invitation to the Gala in 1978.  The Naclario family from the Bronx organized the Biaggi delegation and we were privileged to be a part of the earliest days of this proud Foundation.  

“He was elected to the United States Congress in 1968 and served for 10 terms until his resignation in 1988. He became a senior member of New York’s congressional delegation, who supported law and order and championed working-class citizens.  

“As a highly decorated police officer with 23 years on the force, he was known as a hero for his gallant efforts winning dozens of citations for his valor. He leaves a legacy for all Americans in law enforcement.

“A proud son of Italian immigrants whose parents, Salvatore and Mary Campari , emigrated from Piacenza,  Rep. Biaggi was born in East Harlem, New York. He was extremely proud of his Italian ancestry and a longtime supporter and strong champion of NIAF, attending the Foundation’s Anniversary Awards Galas and events.

“His law-enforcement legend will be long remembered. Rep. Biaggi will be deeply missed by our NIAF family.”