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STONEWALL Rebellion Veterans' Association
 =S.R.V.A. Supporters=
U.S. Congressmember Geraldine Anne Ferraro
Honorary S.R.V.A. Member
(since 1978)
Honorary S.R.V.A. Female Chairperson
(1998 and 1999)

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

Geraldine A. Ferraro ("GAF") was born in upstate Newburgh, New York.  After her father and two young brothers tragically died, "Lil' Gerri" moved with her mother to The Bronx, NYC, at an early age.  Eventually, they moved out 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 the U.S. Congress!  Like feisty Bella S. Abzug declared said:  "A woman's place is in the House!"  Members of the STONEWALL Rebellion Veterans Association met GAF, ironically, via Bella.  The SVA-ers helped Geraldine during her first successful congressional campaign in 1978 for New York's Ninth District (mostly Queens/part of 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.  'Gerry' wholeheartedly agreed and stated that... "it would be her absolute honor"! During NYC 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 Willson Lee Henderson and community activist friend Liz J. Abzug.  In fact, the honorable Geraldine proudly marched with and garnered great publicity as the special and revered 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 huge trunk of the big blue 1969 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 for New York State governor, 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 Zaccaro, Jr. and daughter Donna, both married with children, and now grandchildren, Geraldine had the rare life accomplishment of a marriage -- John Zaccaro, Sr. -- 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=

=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 Willson Henderson.  He presented 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:

=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, Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley................  

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



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


he STONEWALL Rebellion 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.R.V.A.





1999 Geraldine Ferraro Letter To the SVA




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 Democrats]      

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 G.L.B.T. Political Coalition.  The SVA's founder and director Willson Lee Henderson produced, managed and hosted the entire event with section moderators he chose such as Liz J. Abzug (longtime friend of GAF), Noah Pfefferblit (from the Manhattan Borough President Virginia Fields' office), Princess Jenni Egan (from the Imperial QUEENS of NY), Matt Forman (from Empire State Pride Agenda) and Kevin McGruder (from Gay Men of African Descent).  The forum was held on Thursday, August 27, 1998 at the landmark New York GLBT Community Center on West 13 Street in Greenwich Village, Manhattan.  In addition to Geraldine -- the star of the show -- other candidates for various offices included but not limoited to:  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 Davis, Esq., Christine Quinn, Christopher Lynn, Carlos Manzano, Aubrey Lees, et al.  Since Geraldine's birthday was just the day before this event, Willson Henderson surprised her and all of the other candidates and the entire audeience by having everyone sing:  "Happy Birthday, Geraldine"!  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 Willson Henderson, Director of the STONEWALL Rebellion Veterans' Association, and Cindy Chan, Vice-President of the Imperial QUEENS of Greater 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.R.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.R.V.A.]

U.S. Senate candidate Geraldine Ferraro on location as the Super Guest of the STONEWALL Rebellion Veterans' Association leading the annual New York City G.L.B.T. Pride Parade down very sunny Fifth Avenue in Manhattan with the blue 1969 convertible "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), Willson Henderson (Manhattan) and seated in the back seat Thomas R. Stevens, Esq. (Queens).  Partially seen are standing Cristina Hayworth (Brooklyn and Puerta Rica) 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 very large trunk of the famous, blue 1969 convertible known as the "Stonewall Car"!


26 August

"Ten Years After"
Senator Geraldine's Memorial Birthday!

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