Photo: Dimitris Panagos
NY State Assemblyman Michael Gianaris and a group of Greek American business people held last Friday a successful fundraising event for 31year old lawyer Aravella Simotas, Candidate for the New York State Assembly (36th District – Astoria). Michael Gianaris is running for the State Senate seat vacated by George Onorato.
Aravella Simotas is an attorney and lifelong resident of Astoria.
A graduate of local New York City public schools PS 17, IS 126, and William C. Bryant High School, as well as Fordham University and Fordham Law School, Simotas has a long record of civic involvement.
She is a long serving member of Community Board 1,the United Community Civic Association, and the Hellenic Times Scholarship Fund.
Simotas is also a former district representative for former New York City Council Speaker Peter Vallone, Sr. and Councilmember Peter Vallone, Jr. She and her husband, John Katsanos, attend the St. Catherine and George Greek Orthodox Church of Astoria.