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NYC Mayor Welcomed the Greek-American Community at Gracie Mansion

NEW YORK – The annual event honoring Greek Independence and the Greek-American community was hosted at Gracie Mansion on April 9 by New York City Mayor Eric Adams.

Among those present were His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America and prominent members of the Greek-American community, including billionaire businessman John Catsimatidis. Mayor Adams hosted the reception for the Greek-American community with best wishes and compliments, ahead of the Parade on 5th Avenue which will take place Sunday, April 14 at 1:30 PM.

“We have the largest Greek population here in New York,” Mayor Adams said. “It’s not a new community for me. It’s a community I know very well from my days in Brooklyn as borough president.”

“In my term as mayor you have come here as we recognize the rich Greek history and your contributions to this city,” said Adams, focusing on Greek-Americans’ devotion to ideals such as family and faith, adding that New York could be characterized as “the Athens of America.”

Archbishop Elpidophoros gave the invocation at the event and in his remarks thanked the mayor for organizing the event for another year, inviting everyone to celebrate with the Hellenism of New York in the parade on Sunday, with the participation of the Presidential Guard of Greece, the Evzones, and crowds of Greek-Americans from New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.

“This coming Sunday, we shall once again march up Fifth Avenue with pride and joy, waving the National Banners of Greece and Cyprus, and we look forward to you joining us and the mighty Evzones,” Said His Eminence. “The Hellenes of 2500 years ago brought forth the concept of Democracy to the world, and ever since, women and men of good courage and integrity have endeavored to perfect the democratic model of Athens, refining and ever-expanding the circle of inclusion that a true Democracy demands.”

“Today, we join hands with you to make of our City a better place for all its citizens, and we thank you for your service to this end,” Archbishop Elpidophoros said. “And in those you will honor, you honor every Greek of New York! We are by your side, Your Honor, in the thick of creating a more democratic city and world. Long live – Ζήτω – our beloved New York City! Ζήτω τὸ Ἑλληνικὸ Ἔθνος!”

During the event, as every year, the mayor of New York honored four Greek-Americans, for their contributions to the community and in general to the city itself. This year, Federation of Greek-American Educators President Stella Kokolis, photographer Dimitrios Panagos, New York City Board of Elections Operations Manager Georgea Kotzamanis, and presiding priest of Zoodohos Peghe in the Bronx Fr. Vasilios Louros were honored.

Then, Chief Advisor to the Mayor Ingrid Lewis-Martin spoke with warm words about Greece, which she visited last year for official reasons, inviting John Catsimatidis to invest in Missolonghi. Catsimatidis responded with his assessment that it could be developed for the tourism sector.

Finally, Adams presented the citations to the honorees one by one, making special reference to their contributions to their respective fields.

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