FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 24, 1998
Release No. 007-99

CONTACT: Catherine Stearns
PHONE: (202) 401-1190
E-MAIL: cstearns@usia.gov



United States Information Agency- News Release

MAYOR LEOLUCA ORLANDO OF PALERMO, ITALY,

TO BE HONORED AT U.S. CAPITOL


Mayor Leoluca Orlando of Palermo, Italy, renowned champion of Sicilian reform, will be honored by Congressional leadership at a U.S. Capitol reception on Thursday, Feb. 25, at 6:00 p.m.

Mayor Orlando became Sicily=s leading figure by forming a majority coalition drawn from all parts of the political spectrum and organizing his constituents and their communities to take an unprecedented public stand against organized crime. His anti-Mafia campaign resulted in a civic renewal in Sicily that has made him an international hero and brought about the renaissance of his city.

Mayor Orlando=s presence in Washington this week culminates a 10-day visit to the United States under the auspices of the United States Information Agency=s International Visitor Program. His program C with events in New York, Los Angeles, and San Diego C has included meetings with high-level local and federal officials, including a Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, Members of Congress, American educators, and the media. The Mayor has met with prominent members of the Italian-American community at several events sponsored by The National Italian American Foundation. Mayor Orlando will speak Friday, Feb. 26, at the AInternational Conference on Fighting Corruption and Safeguarding Integrity Among Justice and Security Officials,@ hosted by Vice President Gore at the Department of State Feb. 24 through 26.

Who: Leoluca Orlando, Mayor of Palermo, Italy
Sen. Orrin G. Hatch (R-UT), Chairman, Senate Judiciary Committee
Rep. Benjamin A. Gilman (R-NY), Chairman, House
International Relations Committee
Penn Kemble, Acting Director, United States Information
Agency

What: Reception in Honor of Mayor Orlando

When: Thursday, Feb. 25, at 6:00 p.m.

Where: The United States Capitol (Room EF-100)

Washington, D.C.

Contact: Catherine Stearns, USIA, Office of Public Liaison

Tel: (202) 401-1190 / Fax: (202) 619-6988

 

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