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March 2021 Palm Beach County Municipal Elections Endorsements

Florida Armenians is proud to endorse the following candidates that are running in the upcoming March 9, 2021 municipal elections in Palm Beach County. Please be advised that municipal elections are for residents within the city limits. If you don’t know if you are eligible to vote in these elections please check your voter registration by visiting the Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Office or click here to look up your voter registration and or update your address and information.

Boca Raton

Seat C: Constance Scott

Constance Scott previously served two terms on the Boca Raton City Council (2009-2015). She is endorsed by the Palm Beach Post, Business Leaders United PAC, International Association of Firefighters Local 1560, Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #35, The Palm Beach County Human Rights Council Voters Alliance, Broward-Palm Beaches-St. Lucie Realtors, as well as Palm Beach County School Board Chair Frank Barbieri, Jr.

Seat D: Brian Stenberg

Brian Stenberg is endorsed by Business Leaders United PAC, and the Broward-Palm Beaches-St. Lucie Realtors.

Delray Beach

Mayor: Tracy Caruso

Tracy Caruso is endorsed by the Palm Beach County Economic Council, PBC Police Benevolent Association, International Association of Firefighters Local 1842, SEUI-FPSU, the Set Neighborhood Alliance, as well as PBC Commissioners Robert Weinroth, Maria Marino, and State Reps. Joe Casello and Mike Caruso, among others.

Sear 1: Adam Frankel

Adam Frankel is running for re-election and is endorsed by the Palm Beach County Economic Council, PBC Police Benevolent Association, International Association of Firefighters Local 1842, the Set Neighborhood Alliance, The Palm Beach County Human Rights Council Voters Alliance, SEIU-FL, as well as Congressman Ted Deutch, State Senator Lori Berman, and PBC Commissioners Robert Weinroth, Mack Bernard, and Maria Sachs.

Seat 3: Ryan Boylston

Ryan Boylston is running for re-election and is endorsed by the Palm Beach Post, Sun-Sentinel, Palm Beach County Economic Council, PBC Police Benevolent Association, International Association of Firefighters Local 1842, Broward-Palm Beaches-St. Lucie Realtors, The Palm Beach County Human Rights Council Voters Alliance, SEIU-FL, and seven former Mayors of Delray Beach.

Palm Beach

Edward “Ted Cooney

Ted Cooney is endorsed by the entire Palm Beach Town Council, namely outgoing Mayor Gail Coniglio, Mayor-Elect Dani Moore, Town Council President Maggie Zeidman, Town Council members Bobbie Lindsay and Lew Crampton, as well as the PBC Human Rights Council Voters Alliance

Palm Beach Gardens

Group 2: Marcie Tinsley

Marcie Tinsley is endorsed by BIZPAC, Broward-Palm Beach-St. Lucie Realtors. The Economic Council of PBC. Equality Florida Action PAC. PBC Human Rights Council Voters Alliance, PBC Police Benevolent Association, Palm Beach North Chamber of Commerce PAC, Professional Firefighters / Paramedics of Palm Beach County, Local 2928, I.A.F.F., Inc., and SEIU-FL.

West Palm Beach

District 2: Shalonda Warren

Shalonda Warren is endorsed by the Fraternal Order of Police WPB Lodge 2, Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches Leadership PAC, PBC Human Rights Council Voters Alliance, SEIU Florida, as well as WPB Mayor Keith James, and WPB City Commissioners Christina Lambert and Christy Fox, among others.

District 4: Joe Peduzzi

Joe Peduzzi is currently serving on the West Palm Beach City Commission and deserves re-election. He is endorsed by the Fraternal Order of Police WPB Lodge 2, Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches Leadership PAC, PBC Human Rights Council Voters Alliance, SEUI-Florida, AFL-CIO Florida, as well as WPB Mayor Keith James, and WPB City Commissioners Christina Lambert, Kelly Shaof, Christy Fox, and Cory Neering, among others.

Cocktails at Contessa ‘MMAD Soiree’ to feature NY Artist Hakob Hakobyan in Palm Beach

Florida Armenians are invited to join MoviesMakingADifference (MMAD) in support of survivors of Child Slavery, Child Labor, Child Marriage and Trafficking in the U.S. & Canada.

Guests will have the opportunity to bid on an original oil painting designed for MoviesMakingADifference (a 501c3 non-profit) by acclaimed NY artist Hakob Hakobyan.

  • WHAT: Cocktails @ Contessa ‘A MMAD Soiree’
  • WHO: NY Artist Hakob Hakobyan
  • WHEN: Sunday, January 27, 2019, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
  • WHERE: Contessa Gallery, 247 Worth Avenue, Palm Beach, FL 33480

The evening is Chaired by Debra Tomarin, Co-Chaired by Theresa Gaugler and Xiomi Penn, and Diana Davis as Honorary Chairperson.

To get your tickets or for more information please click on the image below.

Rudy Guiliani Visits Armenia, Says “Armenian Genocide should not be forgotten”

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Rudy Giuliani lays a wreath at the Tsitsernakaberd Armenian Genocide Memorial and Museum-Institute in Yerevan, Armenia’s capital (October 22, 2018).

On his first trip to Armenia, former New York City Mayor and personal lawyer to U.S. President Donald Trump, Rudy Guiliani visited the Tsitsernakaberd Armenian Genocide Memorial and Museum-Institute in Yerevan, Armenia’s capital, on October 22, ARMENPRESS first reported.

After touring the museum, Giuliani laid flowers at the memorial and planted a symbolic tree in the park in honor of Armenian Genocide victims.

He also signed the guestbook at the memorial.

“The Armenian Genocide should not be forgotten because to do so is to make possible similar horrific acts of terror in our era and in the future,” Giuliani wrote. “The recognition of this Genocide will help prevent such inhumanities in the future. God bless the souls of all who died and may they rest in peace with God.”

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Rudy Guliani visits the Tsitsernakaberd Armenian Genocide Memorial and Museum-Institute in Yerevan, Armenia’s capital ( October 22, 2018).

Speaking to reporters about possible U.S. recognition of the Armenian Genocide, he said that the genocide is a historical fact, but “I am not here in my capacity as a private lawyer to President Trump. I am here as a private citizen. It’s up to the [Trump] administration to make their own conclusion,” Giuliani said.

In his first two years as President, Donald Trump has issued statements that echo former President Barack Obama and those before him that have sidestepped the issue in order to appease Turkey, a NATO ally.

Giuliani was also asked about the expansion of U.S.-Armenia relations. “It’s up to the two governments,” he said. U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton is currently in Moscow and will travel to Yerevan later this week.

As the Mayor of New York City at the time of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack, Rudy Giuliani, who owns a home in Palm Beach, FL, is a former Republican presidential candidate, and a public figure well known to Armenian Americans, tens of thousands of whom call New York City, and Palm Beach County, home. In fact, several Armenian Americans were among those killed on 9/11.

“I’m here as a private citizen, just to learn some facts in my first time in Armenia. I know the Armenian community in America very well,” he said.

Rudy Giuliani was invited to Armenia to participate in the Eurasian Forum by Ara Abrahamyan, the UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador and President of the Union of Armenians of Russia who is close to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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Rudy Giuliani meeting with Davit Tonoyan at the Armenian Ministry of Defense (October 22, 2018).

During his trip, Giuliani visited Armenia’s Minister of Defense and met with Davit Tonoyan, acting Defense Minister of Armenia. Tonoyan and Giuliani discussed the current security environment in Armenia and the South Caucasus. They exchanged views on a number of regional and international issues.

Over the last two decades, U.S. engagement in the South Caucasus has been sparse, allowing Russia to strengthen it’s grip. However, the low flame of U.S.-Armenia relations has found new fuel since Armenia’s ‘Velvet Revolution’ earlier this year. The latest color revolution to hit the former Soviet space, hundreds of thousands of people descended onto the streets of the capital to demand the resignation of Serzh Sargsyan, Armenia’s President-turned-Prime Minister (the Armenian Constitution was amended by the President’s ruling party in 2015, thus transferring greater power to the Prime Ministerial post as Sargsyan’s Presidential term was coming to an end).

The largest citizen assembly since the country declared its independence in 1991 worked, and Sargsyan stepped aside without a single shot being fired. The peaceful revolution symbolized a clear rejection of the Putin style of authoritarian democracy that has expanded in the region (see Azerbaijan, Turkey) and across the globe.

During the Eurasia Forum, Armenia’s new Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan commented on the recent and upcoming visits of senior U.S. officials and ties between to the two countries. “Unfortunately, as for the U.S. our contacts were not so intensive until now.” On October 15, U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State George Kent visited Armenia and met with Pashinyan. U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton is expected later this week.

“We are going to intensify our relations,” Pashinyan said.