I am delighted to welcome everyone as La Voce di New York celebrates its 6th anniversary and hosts the 2nd Annual Liberty Meets Beauty Media VNY Award Ceremony.
A robust and independent press is essential to the strength of our democracy, and New York is proud to be home to many respected news organizations working to keep our diverse residents engaged and informed. Established in 2013, the online newspaper La Voce di New York is a trusted resource for readers in the five boroughs, Italy, and beyond, providing comprehensive coverage of regional and international current affairs in both English and Italian, and the latest news about politics, economics, sports, the arts, gastronomy, travel, and more. Tonight’s event celebrates achievements in the field of journalism, and it also observes Italy’s Liberation Day, commemorating a significant milestone in the country’s hard-fought road to freedom during World War II. As members of our dynamic Italian community gather in fellowship, I am pleased to applaud VNY’s staff and reporters for their efforts to strengthen our vital communications sector, unite and uplift Italian New Yorkers, and share the rich heritage of Italy with people of all backgrounds. Together, we are forging a brighter, more inclusive future for all.
On behalf of the City of New York, congratulations to this year’s honoree. Please accept my best wishes for a wonderful evening and continued success.