NJ Greek Community Organizations Honor Congressman Smith with 2017 Public Service Award
The Hellenic Federation of New Jersey bestowed Congressman Chris Smith of Hamilton, NJ with its 2017 Public Service Award for his work in government. The Federation represents 45 Greek associations across the Garden State. The event began with the U.S. National Anthem, followed by the Greek National Anthem. Smith spoke about human rights issues in Turkish-occupied Cyprus, as well as the House Foreign Affairs Committee and the recent passage on the House Floor of House Resolution 354. (WATCH SLIDE SHOW ON LEFT) H. Res. 354 condemns the violence perpetrated by Turkish President Erdogan’s security detail on peaceful protesters and American police outside the Turkish Ambassador’s residence. Smith also acknowledged the two other honorees: Tony Papamarkos for leadership in the community, and Paul Kalamaras for leadership in business. PICTURED BELOW: At a June 17 event at the Graycliff Manor in Moonachie, NJ, Federation President Savas Tsivicos, of Ocean Township, on left, presents Smith with a bust of Alexander the Great. Federation member Stavros Antonakakis of Voorhees Township, is on right.