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Jaqueline Mazzola, Ida Como, Rosemarie Iaconis Fusco, Lucie Graffco Executive Committee. (Photo by Tab Hauser)

The Columbian Lawyers Association held its annual installation ceremony at Leonard’s Palazzo in Great Neck on Thursday.

The organization installed its new board members, gave farewell presentations to its outgoing board members, presented the Saint Francis of Assisi/Mother Cabrini Award, and welcomed incoming president, Ida Como.

Hon. Joseph Risi, Judge of the Court of Claims and Acting Justice of the Supreme Court, was the evening’s guest of honor and swore in the organization’s new officers.

“I give credit, thanks, and my gratitude to this association to keep these wonderful traditions alive to be shared whether or not you have any Italian blood flowing in your veins,” Risi said. “…Let’s never be a stuffy group of attorneys but always a family.”

The Columbian Lawyers Association, which formed in 1954, is a group of American-Italian lawyers in Queens County. The association meets on the third Thursday of each month between September and June at Italian restaurants in Queens. New members are always welcome.

Incoming president Ida Como. (Photo by Tab Hauser)
Master of Ceremonies Hon. Claudia Lanzetta pokes fun at having a life meeting. (Photo by Tab Hauser)
People recognized at the dinner were outgoing president Pat Gravino, Ann Marie Barbagallo, Ida Como and Hon. Joseph Risi. (Photo by Tab Hauser)
New officers inducted in the Columbian Lawyers Association. (Photo by Tab Hauser)
Joseph Mattone Jr. introduced Honoree Honorable Joseph Risi, Acting Justice of Supreme Court and gives award. (Photo by Tab Hauser)

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