Official Statement: The Tragic Death of Italian Tourists in New York


Contact:   Elissa Ruffino (NIAF) 202/939-3106 or

Attribute to: Joseph V. Del Raso, President of the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) and the Members of the Board of Directors

“The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) extends its sympathy to those who lost loved ones in the tragic helicopter incident in New York on Saturday, August 8, 2009.

We would like to take a moment to offer our thoughts and prayers at this time to the Italian people, who in turn have shown us great warmth and hospitality on our many visits to their homeland.”