John Liu and the Greek-American Community

New York State Assemblymember Aravella Simotas, Democratic candidate for State Senate in District 11 John Liu, and Sen. Michael Gianaris at the offices of The National Herald. (Photo by Eleni Sakellis via The National Herald)

John Liu, the Democratic candidate for the State Senate seat representing District 11, visited the offices of The National Herald Oct. 29, accompanied by Greek-American legislators Sen. Michael Gianaris and Assemblymember Aravella Simotas. Liu, who succeeded in toppling incumbent Tony Avella during the Democratic primary, singled out the two for their support during his campaign, Eleni Sakellis writes.

“I have wonderful, wonderful supporters like Assemblymember Simotas and Senator Gianaris and not only Aravella, but her whole family, which is a pretty significant presence in the district.

“The Greek community is huge, we’ve got two very large churches, which for whatever inconceivable notion, the incumbent never supported and often opposed and antagonized, even as the church in Whitestone was trying to build a school. I think with a week to go we’re in a pretty solid position, but like I said, I’m not taking anything for granted.”

Both Gianaris and Simotas lauded Liu for his connections and willingness to work as part of a team. And Gianaris noted that “John has always been a friend of the community, he’s a friend of mine, so he’s very much aware when we advocate for Cyprus being reunified or Macedonia to make sure the name is not co-opted.”

Go to The National Herald to read more about various issues that were discussed by all three, including issues of interest beyond the community.

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