"Another notable step, which Senator Lou Raptakis actively supported, was the fact that in March 2018, the State University of New York and the National Merchant Marine Academy of Hydra signed an agreement for student exchanges between the two institutions. This is a fantastic initiative, and is a great example of the kind of educational partnerships that we will continue to grow. Our governments also recently reached an agreement on the mutual recognition of seamen certificates, and Minister Kouvelis and I have agreed that we will seek to build even more on cooperation between the U.S. and Hellenic coast guards. And as I was arriving tonight, I was thrilled to be greeted by a few of the cadets from the Hydra Academy, who are in a position to benefit from this exchange program." Click/Tap Here to read the full story - Ambassador’s Remarks at East Mediterranean Business & Cultural Alliance February 8, 2019 by the official website of the U.S. Embassy in Greece.
Rhode Island State Senator Lou Raptakis, alone with Nicole Malliotakis (of Staten Island) and Wyoming State Senator Stephen Pappas formed a bipartisan delegation of Greek-American legislators who made an official visit to Greece. This delegation attended the Thessaloniki International Fair at which USA was this year’s honored country. Read more Staten Island Entertainment.
Greek News Online: "Providence, RI – State Senator Leonidas P. Raptakis (D-Dist. 33, Coventry, East Greenwich, West Greenwich) and the Newport Hellenic community hosted a celebration of Greek Independence Day at the Rhode Island State House, bringing together state leaders and members of the Hellenic community to recognize the 197th anniversary of Greece’s independence. This is the twenty-sixth consecutive celebration of the event, which included the Consul General of the Hellenic Republic Stratos Efthymiou meeting with Rhode Island Senate President Domenic Ruggerio." Read more at: Community-Greece-Headline
ABOUT THE Author
A long-time member of the World Hellenic Inter-Parliamentary Association, Lou Raptakis has worked on a range of RI legislation policy issues impacting not only Greece but many European nations.