Filmmaker Donna Zaccaro Brings Geraldine Ferraro Documentary to St. John's

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Almost 30 years to the day that the late Geraldine Ferraro accepted the 1984 Vice Presidential nomination, over 100 people gathered at the Queens Campus of St. John’s University to discuss her legacy and to view the film Geraldine Ferraro: Paving the Way on Monday, July 21.  Ferraro’s legacy and impact transcends generations as witnessed by the audience, which was comprised of St. John’s students, local elected officials, residents of Queens and contemporaries of the political trailblazer.

Donna Zaccaro, Ferraro’s daughter and the film’s director and producer, shared her own experiences of campaigning with her mother, as well as the process and emotions involved in making the film during a discussion with Hersh Parekh, President of the Queens County Young Democrats, and Brian Browne, Assistant Vice President for Government Relations at St. John’s.   

Dr. Gempesaw, President of St. John’s University, welcomed guests to the program and spoke of Ferraro’s lasting impact, especially on those who reside in our local community. 

“Geraldine Ferraro was a trailblazer who left a legacy of action, commitment, compassion, and concern. For the people of Queens, though, she was not just a national figure but one who cared and gave so much to the local community she called home.”

Browne, along with local elected officials including Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, New York City Council Member Karen Koslowitz and New York State Assembly Member David Weprin all offered their heartfelt reflections of Geraldine Ferraro on not only Queens County but the national political landscape.

“30 years ago this month, the eyes of the world were on Queens County and an up and coming member of Congress who represented neighborhoods not far from where we gather today,” Browne commented in his opening.  “Geraldine Ferraro electrified the audience at the 1984 Democratic National Convention when she accepted and solidified her place in history.

Many attendees were moved by the film and reminisced about neighborhood run-ins at the grocery store or involvement in local political organizations with Ferraro, who called Queens home for most of her life.