The National Herald ~ Greek-American Candidates: "NEW YORK – Nicole Malliotakis joins the Greek-Americans in the Congress after her apparent big victory in the 11th District in New York. U.S. Representatives Dina Titus, Charlie Christ, Gus Bilirakis, John Sarbanes, and Chris Pappas also prevailed. On the state level, in New York, Senator Michael Gianaris and in Rhode Island Senator Leonidas Raptakis both won in unopposed races, while John-Alexander Sakelos leads in a surprising race for the New York State Assembly. Incumbent New York State Senator James Skoufis is leading in his district, but Senator Andrew Gounardes is currently trailing his Republican opponent with mail-in ballots still being counted." Read full article at - click/tap here
NEO Magazine: "The chairman of a group called 'Greek Voices for Trump' recently wrote a column here suggesting that only one candidate for president in the United State has earned the support of Greek-Americans and that is Donald Trump. In times like these, it’s good to remember that most immigrant communities don’t speak with a single voice, they may share a common heritage and homeland but represent disparate interests and viewpoints. And in the case of evaluating Donald Trump, it is just as easy to argue that he has been hostile to Greeks’ interests and represents a clear and present danger to democracy in the region." Click/tap on the image or this link to read the full article published from Neocorp Media, Inc.
Senator Leonidas Raptakis: "Greece should not take a step back in the Law of the Sea"
"The elected Rhode Island, RI USA Senator was in Athens for extremely important meetings with the Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Dendias and the Minister of Defense Nikos Panagiotopoulos. Senator Leonidas Raptakis says he is surprised by the strange diplomatic language of the Turkish president, he is not afraid of Kastelorizo, but insists that our country should not take a single step back in the current Law of the Sea." Read More at this Google translated link (Greek to English) from NewsBreak.gr - End.
"Led by Democrat Rhode Island State Senator Leonidas Raptakis and Republican Wyoming State Senator Stephan Pappas and a group of eleven bipartisan Hellenic-American elected officials from across the United States have signed and sent letters to the Vice Mayor Stratos Amigdalos of the Greek island of Kastellorizo and also communicated their message to South Aegean Governor George Hatzimarkos, expressing their support for the community in the face of Turkish threats in the region." Read more from Hellenic News click/tap here.
NY Assemblywoman Nicole Maliotakis Blasts Turkey with RI State Senator Raptakis mentioned
"NEW YORK –New York State Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis and Rhode Island State Senator Leonidas (Lou) Raptakis urged the European Union and the United States to help Greece as Turkey has sent a flood of refugees to the border. Assemblywoman Malliotakis and Sen. Raptakis on March 2 released the following statement concerning the situation:
The U.S. government needs to oppose this action in the strongest terms possible.
“Every nation has the right to secure its borders. That is true for both the U.S. and Greece. Both nations have long, proud histories of showing compassion toward immigrants and refugees. However, they must also have the ability to control the flow of immigration and know who is entering their country for security, health and economic reasons." Read the full story at The National Herald.
Sanctions V. Turkey
To see proactive dialogue between the two nations the United States and Greece. It was discussed that this is only part of the comprehensive approach that will be required to generate meaningful change in Turkey. ..."We urge the U.S. Senate to follow suit in taking up this legislation and sending a unified message to Turkey – that the Erdogan regime’s continued acts of aggression and provocation will not be tolerated. The sanctions contained in this legislation are the only way to force Turkey to reconsider the belligerent and hostile path it has chosen to follow in the region. The overwhelming bipartisan vote this measure received in the House should be a powerful reminder to every Senator that allowing Turkey to continue to play the role of a chaos agent in the Eastern Mediterranean is an unacceptable outcome for the security interests of the United States." State Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R-New York) and State Senator Lou Raptakis (D-Rhode Island) wrote the above commentary. Read the full article at The National Herald.
Greek Language / Yianopoulos Tribute
In St Augustine, Florida, regarding community outreach and Greek education - Honoring the founder, Ioannis Giannopoulos, of the 1st Greek school in the America in 1760. The January 22, 2020 event's ceremony facilitated the transfer of the statue of Yiannopoulos to the United States from Tripoli, Greece. Present were Federation of Hellenic-American Educators President Stella Kokolis, Prometheus Association President Meropi Kyriakou, and Rhode Island’s Greek-American State Senator Leonidas Raptakis. "The bust of Ioannis Giannopoulos will travel to St. Augustine, Florida on March 7, 2020. It should be noted that the event is part of the series of events commemorating the 200th anniversary of the Revolution of 1821." Click/tap on graphics to see the videos and read The National Herald articles...
Greece PM Mitsotakis & RI State Sen. Raptakis at the AHEPA Epiphany Grand Banquet in Tampa, FL
TAMPA, FL – January 5, 2020 – Prime Minister of Greece Kyriakos Mitsotakis attended the AHEPA Epiphany Grand Banquet at Tampa Bay's The Innisbrook Resort. In addition the referring to the Mediterranean's political climate the Greek Prime Minister stressed the importance and key areas of the American Greek community’s practical relationship with Greece.
Present were Mareva Mitsotakis, Stelios Petsas, Haris Lalakos, Alexandra Papadopoulou, Rep. Gus Bilirakis, Rep. Michael Bilirakis, RI State Sen. Leonidas Raptakis, Tarpon Springs Mayor Chris Alahouzos, and Pancretan Association of America President Eleftherios Dramitinos. Read the complete story at and by: The National Herald.
ABOUT THE Author
A long-time member of the World Hellenic Inter-Parliamentary Association, Sen. Raptakis has worked on a range of RI legislation policy issues impacting not only Greece but many European nations. Please like the Senator on Facebook.