Local Writer, Producer Honored by Italian-American Community

October 14, 2013 Updated Oct 14, 2013 at 1:40 PM EDT

By WKBW News

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October 14, 2013 Updated Oct 14, 2013 at 1:40 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) - A hometown talent was recognized for the hard work that has earned him national praise, and his commitment to the Italian-American community here in Western New York.

Award-winning writer and producer of many TV series', Tom Fontana, was recognized by the Federation of Italian-American Societies at Salvatore's Italian Gardens Sunday night.

Some of the TV series' Fontana has worked on include St. Elsewhere and Oz.

Fontana was also the Grand Marshal of the 8th annual Columbus Day Parade Saturday.