NEW YORK.- Greek Americans of Chian descent and friends held on Thursday a fundraiser event for one of their own, Assemblyman Matthew Mirones, Republican from Staten Island. The son of a shoe store owner who immigrated from Chios, Mirones became a successful businessman before moving into local politics. In Albany he was very soon made a name for standing for his principles. He is going to run for re-election in November.
Speaking at the event he thanked his friends for the support, promising to stay close to the community and trying to be a role model for the younger generations of Greek Americans.
Chian Federation President, Alex Doulis, told Greek News that Matthew Mirones is an elected official who has supported in the state legislature issues of concern of the Greek American Community.
“We have a special affinity to the man because he is from Chios and our relationship with him goes back prior to him been elected. He’s always been on the side of this organization. Whenever we had issues of concern he has always been there with an extreme readiness to help us”.
Matthew Mirones is the only Chian elected public official in the United States Another Chian elected official in Maryland, from the village of Karyes, is not involved any longer in the public affairs.
“We feel especially proud and glad Matthew is the assemblyman from Staten Island. He is not just a Greek in name. He feels his Greekness”, said Doulis.
Chian federation has established a new program, inviting elected public officials to discuss with them issues concerning the members and the community at large.
“We are an integral part of the community here and it is in the interest of the membership and the organization to be actively involved in the events that take place in the community. It is in our best interest to know who our elected officials are, and to be in touch with them, because of the issues that are of concern to the Greek American Community and the community of Astoria in general”, Doulis added.
Chian Federation met recently with assemblymen Matthew Mirones and Michael Gianaris, as well as city council member Peter Vallone Jr. This moth they plan another meeting with city council member Helen Shears.