The New York City Council held its 2nd annual event honoring Greek independence Day at the City Hall on April 29th, 2015.
The Council honored five New Yorkers of Greek descent for their contributions to the community and the Hellenic tradition.
The honorees were Atlantic Bank President Nancy Papaioannou, Kostas Aggeloudis, Arthur Cheliotes, Petros Galatoulas, Euripides & Jimmy Pelekanos, and Christina Tettonis.
During the event the honorees were presented with honorary proclamations while council members spoke about the strong ties between New York and Greece, mentioning the large Greek American population that contributes greatly to the City’s life.
Earlier in April, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio hosted a Greek Independence Day reception at Gracie Mansion in Manhattan, acknowledging the huge impact of Greek people in the City.
“Greece is the birthplace of democracy, and we today benefit from the contributions of Greece to the world. Let’s celebrate today this strong and vibrant community here in New York City, but let’s celebrate what Greece has done for the whole world as well,” the Mayor had said.