2018-05-02 / Features

Stringer Visits Greek Community Breakfast

BY CATHERINE TSOUNIS


(From l.): Archimandrite Nektarios Papazafiropoulos, Dean of St. Demetrios Cathedral; Assembly Member Aravella Simotas; NYS Senator Michael Gianaris; City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer; HANAC Director John Kaiteris; and Father George Anastasiou, pastor of Church of the Transfiguration of Christ in Corona. 
Photos Tony Barsamian (From l.): Archimandrite Nektarios Papazafiropoulos, Dean of St. Demetrios Cathedral; Assembly Member Aravella Simotas; NYS Senator Michael Gianaris; City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer; HANAC Director John Kaiteris; and Father George Anastasiou, pastor of Church of the Transfiguration of Christ in Corona. Photos Tony Barsamian Loud applause greeted City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer and fellow politicians at the Greek Community Breakfast sponsored by his office on Friday, April 27, in the Stathakion Cultural Center (22-51 29th St., Astoria). NYS Senator Michael Gianaris, Assembly Member Aravella Simotas, and Council Member Costa Constantinides, clergy, federations and societies representative of the Astoria area attended. This is the Golden Age of Greek elected representatives in the area. Father George Anastasiou, the pastor of Church of the Transfiguration of Christ in Corona, and HANAC under the direction of John Kaiteris were honored. The auditorium was packed, with standing room only.


Father George Anastasiou, the pastor of Church of the Transfiguration of Christ in Corona (l.) and Dr. John G. Siolas. Father George Anastasiou, the pastor of Church of the Transfiguration of Christ in Corona (l.) and Dr. John G. Siolas. In this age of distrust for Washington, DC, only positive feelings were present for Comptroller Stringer and fellow representatives of the Democratic Party. I have never seen such applause for anyone. It began with Assembly Member Simotas who greeted every table with humility and smiles. Senator Gianaris entered to enthusiastic applause for this historic figure who opened the doors for Greek Americans to enter politics. The momentum continued with Council Member Constantinides, who was praised for his dedicated work on the budget. This led up to the entry of the city Comptroller who received strong, unanimous applause.

“I am from Washington Heights near St. Spyridon Church,” said Stringer. “I understand small businessmen and the aspirations of the Greek American middle class that plays by the rules. We know how much family means to the Greek American community. I am watching NYC funding. We are helping everyone, not just the elite. I know what it is to be a New Yorker.”


(L. to r.): Assembly Member Aravella Simotas, NYS Senator Michael Gianaris, City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer, and Council Member Costa Constantinides at the Greek Community Breakfast sponsored by Stringer at the Stathakion Cultural Center in Astoria. (L. to r.): Assembly Member Aravella Simotas, NYS Senator Michael Gianaris, City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer, and Council Member Costa Constantinides at the Greek Community Breakfast sponsored by Stringer at the Stathakion Cultural Center in Astoria. I am glad I live in New York City with a Comptroller who cares about the middle of the road Democrat.

Honoree Rev. Anastasiou remembered his years at the Washington Heights Sts. Anargyroi Church Greek American afternoon school. Dr. John G. Siolas, who taught at the honoree Fr. Anastasiou’s school, Sts. Anargyroi Church Greek School, said, “I am honored to have taught you. We are all proud of you, Father George.”

This was an exceptional Greek Community Breakfast. Excellent American and Greek continental morning cuisine was offered. Elaine Xiaojiang Fan, Queens Borough Director of Stringer’s office and her staff accomplished an outstanding public relations effort with the silent majority of middle class Greek Americans of not only Astoria, but the entire city. Personally, I was impressed that Comptroller Stringer cared about us, the people who work, follow the laws and don’t expect handouts. At the April 27 Greek Community Breakfast, we were all proud to be New York City Democrats for a country that cares for its American citizens.

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