International Acclaim for John Catsimatidis

NEW YORK – Students who come from more than 60 countries to John Cabot University in Rome to prepare for brighter future appreciate the “if you can make it there you can make it anywhere” sprit of quintessential New Yorker John Catsimatidis.

The University, which was established in 1972 and is a private, accredited American liberal arts university located in the capital of Italy, recently presented the Greek-American business mogul a “Distinguished Leadership Recognition Award at the Union League Club in Manhattan.

Catsimatidis, 66, ranks #272 on the “Forbes 400” list of wealthiest Americans and presides over one of the largest privately-held employer corporations headquartered in New York City.

His companies hold market leadership ranks in the fields of oil refining and distribution (including one of the Northeast’s largest deep-water terminals on Long Island, NY), residential and commercial real estate, and the grocery/supermarket sector.

According to former United States Representative Frank Guarini, the John Cabot University Board Chairman: “Mr. Catsimatidis was awarded this honor because his success and accomplishment in both business and philanthropy, is illustrious. The story of how John Catsimatidis immigrated to New York City as a small child 65 years ago with his hard-working, hopeful parents from Greece inspires all of us—especially students in Italy enrolled at John Cabot University in Rome.”

In his acceptance, Mr. Catsimatidis emphasized his unique connection to Italy

“I was born on the island of Nisyros which at the time was part of Ital –not Greece.  My Greek father worked for the Italian government for seventeen years, and Greeks and Italians often considered themselves ‘one people’!”

“My father worked two jobs including one as a busboy in the famous Longchamps restaurant chain.  Today I live in the Fifth Avenue apartment once occupied by the Chairman of Longchamps.  Only in America does the son of a busboy get to accomplish this opportunity.”




LONDON - Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis had a meeting with Greeks of the diaspora while in London on Wednesday, during which he highlighted the options that Greeks living abroad now have to vote in Greek elections from their place of residence, as well as his government's emphasis on reforms.

Top Stories


ASTORIA – The Pancyprian Choir of NY held its first meeting of 2022 and shared best wishes for the New Year with their annual cutting of the traditional vasilopita at Dionysos Taverna in Astoria on January 24.


BRONX, NY – In a festive atmosphere, the traditional cutting of the vasilopita was held by the Northern Chios Society of Pelineon Agia Markella in the community hall of Zoodohos Peghe Greek Orthodox Church in the Bronx on January 23.


ATHENS – A major snow storm that had been predicted for days still caught residents in Greece offguard and the New Democracy government scrambling for answers as to why motorists were stuck for hours on major roads.


Democrats Eye Supreme Court Pick to Revive 2022 Prospects

Democrats stung by a series of election year failures to deliver legislative wins for their most loyal voters hope they'll be buoyed by the prospect that President Joe Biden will name the first Black woman to serve on the Supreme Court.

Enter your email address to subscribe

Provide your email address to subscribe. For e.g. abc@xyz.com

You may unsubscribe at any time using the link in our newsletter.