Greek-American Assemblymember Aravella Simotas participated with many elected officials, dignitaries and fellow Greek-Americans in Sunday's New York City Greek Independence Day Parade.
The Manhattan Parade proudly marched down 5th Avenue, with Assemblywoman Simotas graciously waving a Greek flag and smiling to observers from 64th Street to 79th Street!
On the 193rd anniversary of Greek Independence, Simotas declared,"It was wonderful to see so many people come together to celebrate Greek Independence and the many wonderful contributions of Greek-Americans...Recognizing Greek Independence allows us to take a moment to reflect upon the noble democratic ideals that bind our two great nations and the proud history of Hellenes in New York".
The Greek-American democratic politician currently serves a portion of Western Queens, that includes Astoria and sectors of Long Island City in the New York State Assembly. Simotas is the first Greek-American woman elected to office in New York and the first women ever voted into office from her district. She immigrated to Astoria from Kefallonia, Greece when she was 6-months old with her parents and brother. Greek Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas is an ardent advocate for the environment, education, women's issues, seniors, and small businesses.
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