Immediately following Friday’s encounter with Minister of Foreign Affairs Paolo Gentiloni at the Consulate General on Park Avenue, Consul General Francesco Genuardi and Under Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Vincenzo Amendola crossed the Hudson River to inaugurate the mobile fingerprinting station in the Clifton, New Jersey offices of Honorary Consul General Dominic Caruso.
Eagerly awaiting this contingent from New York were numerous Italian Americans who recognize the importance of this mobile fingerprinting station in New Jersey, ready to renew their Italian passports. In March 2014, as a result of economic constraints, the Newark Consulate was closed and numerous difficulties arose since that closure, thus interested parties and various organizations in New Jersey – represented at the event by the Italian Association Ieri, Oggi, Domani (Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow), founded by Cav. Giulio Picolli together with past- and current presidents, Gina Lia and Gino Lia – worked together in July to present these problems to Consul Genuardi and Undersecretary Amendola.
“I am very pleased to be here to meet with you, to listen to you and hear about the problems – stated Undersecretary Vincenzo Amendola – Today is September 23, just two months later. My gratitude goes to the Consul General and our Honorary Consul Dominic Caruso, who is now tasked with scanning fingerprints. This is just the beginning. We know what happened in the past and now we must create services for Italian citizens who reside here. This is just a first step, and together these two consuls will work toward the next steps.”
Honorary Consul Dominic Caruso recognizes the responsibility of digital fingerprinting entrusted to him and will do his very best to continue to serve Italian citizens in New Jersey. “The Italian community in New Jersey has started on their way to have those consular services that they truly deserve – he confirmed – I’m very pleased that we have a smart and capable Consul General who has helped us very much, together with his team Isabella Periotto and Roberto Frangione, with whom we have established a very good relationship.”
The connection between New Jersey and the Consulate General in New York continues to be strengthened through the commitment of Consul Genuardi. “Since his arrival, – declared Cav. Picolli – our community is gaining value, we have a truly splendid representative. We are cognizant of his efforts, grateful of what he is doing and know that it doesn’t end here.”
To provide this digital fingerprinting device is significant on many levels as New Jersey boasts the second largest Italian American community (17.9% of New Jerseyans claim Italian ancestry according to recent statistics from the 2015 Census), and can now also boast “to possess the first mobile fingerprinting station outside of any official Consular office” explains Consul Genuardi.
The biometric information of Cav. Ferruccio Milani were the first to be captured at this event. Under Secretary Amendola asked “Where will Ferruccio be going with his new passport?” “To Naples” replied Cav. Milani, to Amendola’s city.