NEW YORK.- New York State Assemblyman Matthew Mirones is heading to another victory, in the November 2 election, for the seat of the 60th Assembly District. A successful businessman, the son of a shoemaker from Chios, Greece, spoke last Monday in Astoria, at a fundraising event organized by the International Coordinating Committee Justice for Cyprus (PSEKA).
“Your support gave me the strength to succeed”, Mirones told his supporters.
Speaking about his campaign, he stressed the importance of winning with great numbers, and he asked the community to extend him its support. He also explained the importance of the Republican Party in New York to minimize the dominance of the Democrats in the State Assembly.
“We must have 51 members in the State Assembly, so that Chairman Silver doesn’t control the agenda. This is not democracy”, he said.
Proud of his Greek roots, Assemblyman Matthew Mirones said that as Greeks we should transcend barriers and succeed.
“Being a Greek American, my passion lies with my values. In my desk, I have the Greek flag next to the American flag”, he said.
Mirones explained that in order for the success of our community to be complete, it’s time to strengthen our voice in the political field.
“As a community we are successful in every venture. Now it’s time to have a political voice as well. We must work to elect more Greek American officials in every level”.
There are approximately 67 Greek American elected officials, in both federal and state level and Mirones stressed the need for more of own to move in the national scene and be role models for the younger generation of Greek Americans.
“We are a small community and we must help one another, regardless of political affiliation”.
Many of Mirones’ key assistants are Greek Americans.
“We have many capable people. Why shouldn’t we recognize them”?
Mirones concluded his speech inviting Greek Americans not to hesitate to get in touch with him, when they face a problem.
President of PSEKA, Philip Christopher, called Mirones a role model for our community.
“It is important for Greek Americans to get elected in political office, but also to never forget their roots and stay close to our community”.
He talked about the Greek American pioneers, John Brademas and Paul Sarbanes, who opened new venues and many more Greek Americans followed their path.
“We don’t care if they are Republicans or Democrats. As long as they are Greek Americans, the community must stand by them. Because it is important to have Greek Americans in every political place, fighting for our cause”.
Christopher spoke of the difficulties Hellenism faces now days.
“Thank God the Olympics in Athens went fine and Greeks made fools out of all criticizing them”.
Also present at the event was Peter Boudouvas, a republican candidate for the NY State Assembly, at the 26th District that covers Whitestone, Bayside, Douglaston etc. Boudouvas asked for the mobilization of our community, and call on the Greek Americans to support his campaign.
“We can win the seat in Bayside on November 2. But, we must mobilize and bring our people to the polls”.