NEW YORK – On March 24, 2004, Council Member Peter F. Vallone Jr. and Speaker Gifford Miller co-hosted a celebration commemorating the 183rd Anniversary of Greek Independence in Council Chambers at City Hall.
Over 200 celebrants from the Greek-American community joined New York City Council members in honoring the beginning of the revolution on March 25, 1821, that led to the creation of the modern Greek nation. In addition, the many contributions of the ancient Greeks to the enduring values and democratic heritage of Western civilization were acknowledged.
Honorees in attendance included Hon. Catherine Boura, Consul General of Greece, Hon. Martha Mavromatis, Consul General of Cyprus, Apostolos Tomopoulos, President of the Federation of Hellenic Societies of Greater New York, Nikos Diamantides, Parade Chairman of the Federation of Hellenic Societies and His Grace Bishop Andonios of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. As a special tribute, Bishop Andonios delivered a moving Invocation at the start of the Stated Council meeting.
Vallone presented City Council Proclamations to the Federation of Hellenic Societies of Greater New York and to Parade Grand Marshalls, John and Margo Catsimatidis and Dimitrios and Georgia Kaloidis.
“I am honored to represent Astoria, a community that has the largest Greek population outside of Greece. The Greek American community is a vibrant and vital part of what makes New York City the greatest city in the world,” said Vallone.