SANT'AGATA DE' GOTI, ITALY - 13 November 2013: Pasquale Oropallo (70), a long-tim friend and neighbor of the De Blasios, remember them as generous people, in Sant'Agata de' Goti, Italy, on November 13th, 2013. Sant'Agata de' Goti is the town that Bill de Blasio’s maternal grandfather, Giovanni de Blasio, left over a
hundred years ago for the United States. During World War II, the De Blasios hid their neighbors in their
70-meter deep cellars to escape the German bombings. In 1953, after
Giovanni De Blasio (Bill's grandfather) bought the first television in town, people used to gather in
the de Blasio’s living room to watch it. Throughout the years,
Giovanni used to send packages from the States to his brother, a
priest, who distributed the goods around town.