By Apostolos Zoupaniotis
Photos: GANP/Dimitrios Panagos
On Saturday, April 21 2018, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo, this year’s Grand Marshal on the Greek Parade, broke a long tradition by skipping the Gala Dinner of the Federation of the Hellenic Societies of Greater New York, where he was the honoree. The rumor has it that he did so in order to avoid sitting on the same table room with Mayor Bill Diblasio. Neither one has shown that night at the event.
On Sunday. both of them trying to avoid each other also missed the pre-parade reception at Avra Restaurant, on 60th Street. Both their details delayed for over 20 minutes the Parade’s kick-off, trying to find a way with the organizers not to be together. It was the day that “New York Times” published an expose entitled
“Inside One of America’s Ugliest Political Feuds: Cuomo vs. de Blasio.” https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/22/nyregion/cuomo-deblasio-feud-nyc.html
But, they could not avoid the inevitable; fate brought them together and despite their “ugly feud” described by the New York Time, they embraced each other giving long and warm handshakes. As Otto von Bismarck said: “Politics is the art of the possible”.