After marching in the 2013 Greek Independence Parade, Senator Gianaris issued the following statement.
"Like so many New Yorkers, Greek-Americans have brought the best of their heritage and culture to the United States and have contributed much to our nation's success. I am proud of the many contributions the Greek-American community has made to New York and was thrilled to celebrate them by participating in this year's parade up Fifth Avenue."
Senator Gianaris was present at the United Community Civic Association(UCCA), at the LaGuardia Mariott, where Assemblywoman Simotas, Assemblyman Den Dekker, Councilman Dromm and Donna Raimond were honored. Simotas received the Woman of the year Award, Den Dekker and Dromm the Community Unity Award and Raimond the Valerie Fisher Community Sevice Award.
Senator Gianaris spoke at the Central Community Celebration Dinner, held by Central Astoria Local Development Coalition, a non profit local organization, aimed at preserving and enhancing the profile of Astoria as a desirable neighborhood to live and work in.