I AM PAC is a non-partisan political action committee, registered and operating in the State of New York, whose founders, officers and members, representing a broad spectrum of political philosophies, will engage in the political arena to make political institutions, elected officials and candidates for public office respond with deeds to the interests and well-being of the Italian American community.

I AM PAC will identify and support candidates for political office, or incumbents, whose actions will be sensitive to, and respective of, the interests and well-being of the Italian American community throughout the State of New York.


James C. Lisa


James C. Lisa is the chairman for the NYS I AM PAC.He is the Publisher of the Queens Times, a weekly newspaper serving the Borough of Queens. Jim dedicates himself to perpetuating the Italian Heritage, Culture and Language and is involved with many Italian organizations. Mr. Lisa is a Graduate of Queens College.

Robert Fonti


Robert (Bob) Fonti is the president of NYS I AM PAC, one of the founding members of the Respect for Law Alliance (501C3) in addition to Chairman of the Town of Huntington Housing Authority, and many other organizations.

Jerry D'amato

Financial Secretary

Jerry D’Amato is currently serving as NYS I AM PAC's financial secretary. Jerry is retired. He previously worked as vice president of finance and also held a seat on the board of directors for M.O.L. one of the largest shipping companies in the world. Jerry has his MBA from N.Y.U. and is a Vietnam War Veteran.

Peter Bertuglia


Peter Bertuglia is the treasurer for the NYS I AM PAC.He has been providing tax and accounting services to small businesses and individuals for 40 years.

Gina Coletti

Board Member

Gina Coletti, Associate Broker & Director of Marketing at Smith & DeGroat Real Estate, Mineola & Hauppauge.   Property Manager of the Nassau County Landmark Real Estate Portfolio and Mitchell Field Veteran Housing Complex, Gina Coletti implements creative public-private partnerships, sells and leases residential and commercial properties and is a NY State Licensed Real Estate Appraiser.

Honorary Advisory Board

Anthony Manetta

Honorary Member

Anthony Manetta leads an economic development and public affairs practice for a New York based consulting firm. He is the former CEO of the Suffolk County Industrial Development Agency (IDA) where he oversaw the agency’s turnaround. Under his leadership the agency saw rapid growth creating hundreds of millions of dollars in new economic activity for the region. Mr. Manetta is an active entrepreneur and is engaged with the community. He sits on the Board of Directors of several non-profit and business organizations.

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