The Council of the City of New York
Office of Council Member Costa Constantinides
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For Immediate Release
April 29, 2015
Contact: Shachar Sharon

Elected Officials Hold Greek Independence Celebration

New York City Hall – City Council Members Costa Constantinides (D-Astoria) and Paul Vallone (D-Bayside), in conjunction with Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, today celebrated the anniversary of Greek Independence.

The celebration honored Greek-Americans who have dedicated themselves to serving their communities and was also attended by Lieutenant Colonel of Greece Maria Bouliakoudi.

Constantinides said, “I am proud to join my fellow Council Members in celebrating Greek Independence today at City Hall. As the first Greek-American in the City Council, it holds special meaning to host this celebration of culture and history. We honored several Greek-Americans who have helped promote Hellenic and Democratic values and have been great examples of civic engagement throughout the community. We recognized their contributions including leadership and commitment to Hellenism. I thank my colleagues Speaker Mark-Viverito and Council Member Vallone for standing with the Greek-American community and honoring their contribution our city.”

The Council Members honored:

  • Arthur Cheliotes – President of CWA Local 1180
  • Nancy Papaioannou – Executive Board Member, Hellenic-American Chamber of Commerce
  • Jimmy and Euripides Pelekanos – Co-Founders, Bare Burger
  • Christina Tettonis – Principal, Hellenic Classical Charter School
  • Kostas Angeloudis – Co-Founder. CosmosFM
  • Petros Galatoulas – President, Federation of Hellenic Societies of Greater New York

“I’d like to wish a happy Greek Independence Day to all New Yorkers and to people of Greek descent across the world,” said Council Speaker Mark-Viverito. “As the most diverse legislative body in America, this City Council is proud to celebrate the backgrounds and heritages which make New York City great and I thank Council Member Costa Constantinides for hosting tonight’s event.”

“I am proud to once again stand with Council Member Costa Constantinides and Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito as we celebrate the anniversary of Greece’s Independence at City Hall,” said Vallone. “The Greek-American community continues to be one of the most culturally proud and vibrant in our City, especially in my district with the parishes of the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Shrine Church and the Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church of Whitestone. At this year’s event I am glad to have the opportunity to honor and recognize Kosta Angeloudis, a man who is a living testament to the countless successes and contributions that Greek-Americans have made to our great City. I look forward to continuing to work with the Greek-American Community on issues important to them, as well as sharing with them in celebration and appreciation of their rich history and culture.”

Costa Constantinides represents the New York City Council’s 22nd District, which includes his native Astoria along with parts of Woodside, East Elmhurst, and Jackson Heights. He serves as the chair the City Council’s Sub-Committee on Libraries and sits on seven standing committees: Civil Service & Labor, Contracts, Cultural Affairs, Environmental Protection, Oversight & Investigations, Sanitation, and Transportation. For more information, visit