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One Percent for Culture

One Percent for Culture
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The New York art scene is one of the liveliest and most thriving ones in the country.  However, many artists and performers never get the chance to be seen or heard from due to the cost of making a living there.  You’ve probably heard about all the starving artists.  Well, hello New York City! Don’t you care?

It turns out that some people do care – a lot, actually.  With more than “1,300 cultural organizations and thousands of artists spanning across all five boroughs, neighborhoods, and city council districts,” there is certainly a lot of creation going on.

Many people are now banding together in a non-partisan grassroots effort to get the city of commit to owning up to the demand for and value of culture.  This group, known as One Percent for Culture, is pushing the city to commit to giving one percent of the budget to the arts and cultural endeavors.  One percent is such a tiny amount considering what we get out of it.

There is the monetary aspect, under which 120,000 jobs and $8.1 billion are created by the non-profit culture.  Also, 24 million tourists visit cultural offerings in NYC each year.

Then there is the side of things which cannot be quantified in money.  It’s the part that feeds our psyches and souls.  Yet, public support for these organizations is less than one-fourth of one percent of the city’s budget.

The group argues that, “These organizations and individuals bring jobs to our families, customers to our merchants, revenue to our small businesses, and vitality to our city. They stimulate our minds and provide supplemental education to millions of New York City students.”

Some sponsors of One Percent for Culture are the Asian American Arts Alliance, the Broadway Association and the Center for Arts Education among others.

Getting involved in the spirit of giving is nothing new to many New York residents and organizations, including the Carl Mattone real estate group, yet another sponsor of the initiative.  Carl Mattone has donated to many other causes over the years including U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, the Little Neck-Douglaston Memorial Day Parade fund, the Queens Library Foundation, and a number of Catholic charities throughout Brooklyn and Queens.

Only time will tell if the city gets on board with One Percent for Culture or ignores their efforts entirely.

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Carl Mattone Honored at 2013 Golden Lion Awards Dinner

The 2013 Golden Lion Awards Dinner was held on Friday, April 26th, 2013. The awards dinner was put on by the New York Grand Lodge Foundation, Order Sons of Italy in America, and honored six notable Italian Americans for their civic and philanthropic accomplishments and ongoing endeavors.

Among the honorees was Carl Mattone, who is president of the real estate company, The Mattone Group. Michael X. Mattone and Joseph M. Mattone, CFO and Vice President, were also honored for the evening. The three are jointly in charge of managing all Mattone Group properties, which amounts to about 1.5 million square feet of property.

Raymond Mascolo, D.D.S., was honored for his impressive track record of community service. Named “Man of the Year” by many organizations, Mascolo is dedicated to helping homeless veterans get back on their feet.

Nicholas Montesanto, Presdient of DTM Drafting and Consulting Services, Inc., uses his company and business expertise to help keep children and the elderly out of harm’s way. He does this by working with the Elevator/Escalator Safety Foundation (EESF).

The Honorable Natalia Quintavalle is the Consul General of Italy in New York. She is the first woman to ever hold the post, and is dedicated to preserving Italian heritage and culture in the melting pot of New York City. She is actively involved in several humanitarian efforts.

The Golden Lion Awards Dinner serves not only to honor distinguished Italian Americans, but also to fundraise for the New York Grand Lodge Foundation. The organization funds causes such as research for Autism and Alzheimer’s disease.

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Carl Mattone Profile

Carl Mattone
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Carle Mattone was born and raised in New York. In 1977, he graduated from Holy Cross High School in Queens and then went on to attend Iona College in New Rochelle, New York. In 1981, Mattone formed his own business, which specialized in maintenance and contracting development projects in Brooklyn and Queens. Mattone was acting construction supervisor, a role that eventually led him to join his father’s business, Mattone Group Ltd., as Vice President of Project Development.

He has been with the Mattone Group ever since. In 1990, Carl Mattone became Chief Operating Officer of the real estate company, and just five years after that he became President. He now oversees large construction projects like shopping centers and movie theaters, negotiates leases, makes sure all properties are properly maintained, and more. He is one of the most influential businessmen in Queens.

Besides his slough of duties as President, Carl Mattone also helps develop things other than real estate. He is a board member for the Battery Park City Authority, which has been a leader in planned community development. Its mission is “to plan, create, co-ordinate and maintain a balanced community of commercial, residential, retail, and park space within its designated 92-acre site on the lower west side of Manhattan.”

Carl Mattone has also supported his alma mater, donating money to Holy Cross High School in the past.  He’s also worked school carnivals to support other area schools like Saint Anastasia’s Church. Raised with a spirit of giving, he and his company have donated to a number of other causes over the years: U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, the Little Neck-Douglaston Memorial Day Parade fund, the Queens Library Foundation, and a number of Catholic charities throughout Brooklyn and Queens.