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STONEWALL Veterans' Association
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U.S. Congressmember Geraldine A. Ferraro
Honorary S.V.A. Member
(since 1978)
Honorary S.V.A. Female Chairperson
(1998)

Geraldine Memorial Card
In Loving Memory of
Geraldine Anne Ferraro-Zaccaro
26 August 1935 ~to~ 26 March 2011

Geraldine A. Ferraro was born in upstate New York.  After her father and two young brothers died, "Lil' Gerri" moved with her mother to The Bronx, NYC, at an early age.  Eventually, they moved to Queens, another borough in New York City.  Geraldine graduated college in NYC from Marymount Manhattan College and from law school in The Bronx at Fordham University.  Before entering government service, "Miss Ferraro" admirably taught school in New York City for five years.  Geraldine Ferraro was a persevering Assistant District Attorney in Queens as of 1974.  She rose to head of the District Attorney's Special Victims Bureau.  Urged by then NYS Assemblyman (later Governor) Mario Cuomo, Geraldine ran for U.S. Congress!  Like Bella Abzug said:  "A woman's place is in the House!"  Members of the STONEWALL Rebellion Veterans' Association met (via Bella) and helped Geraldine during her first successful congressional campaign in 1978 for New York's Ninth District (mostly Queens/part Brooklyn).  She rose to be an outstanding three-term Congresswoman.  Every election, her winning percentages grew!  In July of 1984, as the first woman in American history, Geraldine was electrifyingly convention-voted as the Democratic nominee for Vice-President of the United States.  Besides a gender break-through, Geraldine Ferraro dignifiedly represented ethnic diversity as the first (and, to date, only) Italian-American national nominee in a major political party.  

The S.V.A. was enthusiastically supportive of Geraldine Ferraro's impressively-qualified and principle-before-politics campaigns in 1992 (narrow loss) and 1998 for the U.S. Senate from New York.  We were right then, and now!  Since the SVA's Honorary Female Chairperson the legendary Bella Abzug passed in early 1998, the honorable Geraldine was requested by the S.V.A., and she generously agreed, to be the SVA's Honoary Female Chairperson for at least the remainder of 1998.  During Gay Pride Month in 1998, the lovely and always smiling Geraldine toured the New York City GLBT Center's Garden Party, attended by thousands, escorted by the SVA's director Williamson Henderson and community activist friend Liz Abzug.  In fact, Geraldine proudly marched with and garnered great publicity as the special guest of the STONEWALL Rebellion Veterans' Association leading the New York City Gay Pride Parade in June of both years.  GAF's stylish handbag, personal papers folder and keys were securely locked in the big trunk of the 1969 Cadillac convertible "Stonewall Car".  In between her statewide Senate campaigns, Geraldine served four years during the President Bill Clinton Administration as the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights.  She co-hosted the popular political talk show "Crossfire!" on Cable News Network (CNN).  Before it was politically vogue, 
Geraldine Ferraro strongly supported marriage equality as an American civil right and she clearly so-stated!    

Over the past decade, through fellow native Queens resident Andrew M. Cuomo's campaigns in 2002, 2006 and 2010, of which Geraldine was strongly endorseful and hard campaigning, S.V.A. members got to see Geraldine at many campaign rallies and election parties.  Until late 2010, Geraldine Ferraro was a valued on-air political commentator on the worldwide Fox News Channel (FNC).  In a historical first on Election Night 2010, FNC-TV had a joint appearance by the only two women Vice-President nominees in American history, Geraldine and Sarah Palin, separated by a quarter-of-a-century and different political parties.  Besides her son John, Jr. and daughter Donna, both married with children, and now grandchildren, Geraldine had the rare life accomplishment of a marriage -- John Zaccaro -- spanning more than half a century!  Like her political idol before her, another trailblazing New York City Congresswoman and S.V.A. supporter, Bella Abzug, and recently one of the most popular women of all time, Elizabeth Taylor, ironically, Geraldine also passed during the History Month of Women!

=Tribute to and Commentaries on Geraldine Ferraro=
www.FoxNews.com/on-air/personalities/Geraldine-Ann-Ferraro/bio

=Memorial Services and Wake for Geraldine A. Ferraro=
Services for Geraldine Ferraro Zaccaro are at the famous Frank E. Campbell Funeral Home on Tuesday, March 29 and Wednesday, March 30 from 2 to 5 p.m. in the afternoon and 5 to 7 p.m. in the evening.  The S.V.A. is represented by someone that Geraldine knew longtime, personally appreciated and publicly acknowledged, its founder Williamson.  He will present each family member with a special GAF remembrance packet of photos at S.V.A. events and letters from Hon. Geraldine to the S.V.A.  For more info on the funeral home and location, see their listing at:  www.STONEWALLvets.org/businessadvertisers.htm.

=Funeral Mass for "The Rose of New York" Geraldine=
The funeral mass for Geraldine Ferraro Zaccaro is at the Catholic Church of St. Vincent Ferrer on Lexington Avenue at East 66th Street in Manhattan, N.Y.  Confirmed attendees include former President Bill Clinton, former U.S. Vice-President Walter Mondale (and his wife), Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, former Governor Mario Cuomo, former First Lady Matilda Cuomo, NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo, Congressional Democratic Leader Nancy Polosi, former Mayor Ed Koch, NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney,
Congressman Joe Crowley, NYC Public Advocate Bill De Blasio, NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Manhattan Democratic Leader Keith Wright................  
       

R.I.P. - S.V.A. Honorary Member Geraldine Anne Ferraro!

 




2010

U.S. Post Office Named in Honor of Geraldine Ferraro








2006

T
he STONEWALL Veterans' Association received a wonderful letter from the wonderful Geraldine Ferraro.  And being the thoughtful, dedicated, consistent and generous person that she is, our friend "GAF" included her renewed sponsorship of the appreciative S.V.A.







2002

 


 





   
1999

1999 Geraldine Ferraro Letter To the SVA

 

   




1998


Geraldine Ferraro:  U.S. Senate Candidate (NY)

Candidates Forum - Geraldine w/ red dress (arms folded)      Candidates Forum - Geraldine w/ red dress (waving)  Carefully listening to a question                Geraldine waves to arriving supporters 
 [Photos of Geraldine, two in a series of eight, by Shari L. Clemons of PRIDE Dems]      

Photos above show qualified, experienced, personable and attractive candidate Geraldine Ferraro for the U.S. Senate from New York.  This major campaign event was produced by PRIDE Democrats of New York City .  It was co-sponsored by the legendary STONEWALL Rebellion Veterans' Association and a dozen other 'non-political' groups to form the GLBT Political Coalition.  Williamson Henderson hosted the entire event with section moderators he chose such as Liz Abzug, Noah Pfefferblit, Princess Jenni Egan, Matt Forman and Kevin McGruder.  The forum was held on Thursday, August 27, 1998 at the landmark New York GLBT Community Center.  In addition to Geraldine (the star of the show), other candidates for various offices included:  Eliot L.  Spitzer, Edolphus Towns, Peter A. Vallone Sr., Anthony D. Weiner, Betsy McCaughey, Eric Schneiderman, Jim LaRocca, H. Carl McCall, Catherine Abate, Sandra Frankel, Oliver Koppell, Evan Davos, Esq., Christine Quinn, Christopher Lynn, Carlos Manzano, Aubrey Lees, et al.  With 24 of 25 candidates participating, the exciting four-hour event turned out to be the largest candidates' forum in the history of New York State!  The sole no-show was one of GAF's two opponents, The Chuckster!  He was blasted for that absence the next day in the papers.  The coordinated motivation for the forum:  Geraldine!

     
 
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Williamson and Geraldine w/ Cindy Chan at GLBT Garden Party


Front and center!  U.S. Senate candidate Geraldine A. Ferraro ("GAF") flanked by Williamson Henderson, Director of the STONEWALL Veterans' Association, and Cindy Chan, Vice-President of the Imperial Queens of New York.  The successful and happy occasion was the annual New York GLBT Center "Garden Party" in June of 1998.  Thousands of people attended the evening event.  WLH and assistants widely distributed the SVA's next meeting colorful flyer showing the special guest speaker as N.Y. senatorial candidate GAF!  Although both of her opponents were there at the Garden Party, the S.V.A. proudly and visibly promoted Geraldine!  All political polls continued to show Geraldine in the lead!
[Photo by Ray McCaffrey of S.V.A.]


 

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Gay Pride Parade w/ SW-Car (Geraldine w/ WLH and 3 others)

Geraldine beautifully campaigning on the "Queen of Avenues"
[Photo by Leigh McManus of the S.V.A.]


U.S. Senate candidate Geraldine Ferraro on location as the Super Guest of the STONEWALL Veterans' Associationleading the annual NYC GLBT Pride Parade down very sunny Fifth Avenue in Manhattan with the blue 1969 Cadillac "Stonewall Car" ('S/W-Car') with adoring crowds of over a half-million!  Virtually, all of the statewide NY officeholders and candidates and all the NYC public officials and all of the NYC candidates were in it.  With all of the press there, it was like a free-for-all candy store for the The Chuckster!  But only one candidate was in the lead:  Geraldine!  Pictured above with Geraldine are Tony Polita (Staten Island), Williamson Henderson (Manhattan) and seated in the back seat Thomas R. Stevens, Esq. (Queens).  Partially seen are standing Cristina Hayworth (Brooklyn and PR) wearing glasses, and seated in the front Terri Van Dyke (The Bronx).  Miss Ferraro's handbag, personal papers and all of her keys were safely locked in the big "S/W-Car" trunk!


 



26 August
2017

Geraldine's Memorial Birthday

   
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