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May 1, 2012 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
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Judge Di Mango accepts Rapallo Award in front of hundreds of her colleagues.

Over the weekend Kings County Supreme Court Criminal Term Deputy Administrative Judge Patricia Di Mango accepted the prestigious Charles A. Rapallo Award from the Columbian Lawyers Association of Manhattan at its 47th Annual Award Luncheon on Saturday at the Waldorf=Astoria Hotel on Park Avenue. Brooklyn attorney and former Columbian president Arthur Aidala introduced the 54-person dais, and Columbian financial secretary Marianne Bertuna served as the luncheon co-chair.

Hundreds of judges, lawyers and court employees from Kings County and across the state filled the prestigious hotel’s banquet room for the award presentation. Past recipients of the Rapallo Award include U.S. Supreme Court justices Samuel Alito in 2007 and Antonin Scalia in 1993.

New York Court of Appeals Judge Carmen Beauchamp Ciparick and New York Criminal Courts Administrative Judge Barry Kamins.

New York Court of Appeals Judge Theodore Jones (left) and former Kings County Supreme Court Justice Luigi Marano.

 Kings County Clerk Nancy Sunshine and Kings County Supervising Judge of Matrimonial Matters Jeffrey Sunshine.

 Kings County Supreme Court Criminal Term Maj. Michael Magliano and Chief Clerk Daniel Alessandrino.

 State Sen. Marty Golden (R-Brooklyn) presented a Proclamation to Hon. Di Mango.

 Brooklyn attorney Steven “Blue Eyes” Bamundo (left), Kings County District Attorney Charles Hynes (center) and Kings County Supreme Court Justice Anthony Cutrona, a past recipient of the award.

New York State Chief Administrative Judge A. Gail Prudenti (right) received last year’s Rapallo Award and presented the award to Hon. Di Mango this year.

 Hon. Patricia Di Mango (second from left) and her sister Joanne Orr (left), her mother Mafalda Di Mango (second from right) and niece Lauren Orr (right). The Columbian Lawyers Association presented Di Mango’s father Anthony Di Mango (not pictured) with a plaque after she dedicated her Rapallo Award to her parents and grandparents.

Columbian financial secretary Marianne Bertuna (left) with luncheon co-chair Vice President Stephen Savva (center), and past-president Vincent Cuttita, who was in charge of protocol.

Appellate Division Second Department Justice Reinaldo Rivera and Hon. Di Mango are fellow St. John’s Law School alums.

 New York City Deputy Chief Administrative Judge Fern Fisher.

Columbian Lawyers Association of Manhattan President Andrew Maggio.

Eagle photos by Mario Belluomo

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