WEST PALM BEACH, FL – Earlier today, President Joe Biden became the first U.S. President to properly recognize the World War I era mass killings of Armenians and other Christians by the Ottoman Turkish Empire as genocide.
“Today is #ArmenianGenocide Remembrance Day, commemorating the 1.5 million Armenians who were massacred in 1915 by the Ottomans, & today @POTUS has made history by becoming the first President to recognize it. This is a major step toward Armenians getting the justice they deserve,” Congresswoman Lois Frankel (D-FL) said on Twitter. Earlier this week, Frankel was one of three Florida Representatives to sign a letter to President Biden urging him to recognize the Armenian Genocide on April 24th.
“It has been more than 100 years since the atrocities committed against innocent Armenians and other ethnic and religious minorities at the hands of the Ottoman Empire. The Ottoman Empire’s genocidal campaign from 1915-1923 killed 1.5 million Armenian men, women, and children, as well as Greeks, Assyrians, Chaldeans, and Syriacs, through a series of executions and death marches,” said Congressman Gus Bilirakis (R-FL), who serves as Co-Chairman of the Congressional Armenian Caucus. “I whole-heartedly welcome today’s historic announcement from President Biden formally recognizing the Armenian Genocide. I have been a major supporter of recognizing the Ottoman Empire’s atrocious acts as genocide, co-authoring the Armenian Genocide recognition resolution passed by the House of Representatives two years ago. We must acknowledge the atrocities of the past so that we might hopefully prevent them in the future. Our darkest moments as a human race have come during times when those who knew better stood silently, making excuses for passivity and allowing injustice and persecution to reign. Today at 2:30 p.m. I spoke with Deputy Assistant Secretary for Europe and Eurasia George Kent who confirmed the Administration’s announcement today acknowledging the pain of history to ensure future atrocities do not happen,” Bilirakis said on Saturday.
Congressman Ted Deutch (D-FL), an active member of the Congressional Armenian Caucus, issued a statement on Twitter, saying “I commend @POTUS Biden for officially recognizing the Armenian Genocide. Yet over a century later some still minimize the Ottoman Empire’s systematic execution of Armenians. We must honor the victims & survivors, & we must keep its memory alive to prevent history from repeating.”
“President Joe Biden’s deceptively simple action goes beyond what any previous American president has ever been willing to do. The evidence, however, is clear the Turks engaged in a years-long ethnic cleansing campaign that included forced death marches and mass starvation. Recognizing this fact will, hopefully, bring an element of closure to this chapter of history for families impacted by these atrocities,” Palm Beach County Commissioner Robert Weinroth (D-FL) told FLArmenians.com.
Boca Raton Mayor Scott Singer told FLArmenians.com, “The White House’s recognition today of the Armenian Genocide is an important step to honor the memory of the many who were killed. To prevent future tragedies, we must never forget those that occurred,” Mayor Singer said. Boca Raton, FL is the second largest city in Palm Beach County and is home to St. David Armenian Church, the first Armenian Church built in Florida and consecrated in 1989.
Responding to the news, Mark Samuelian, Miami Beach City Commissioner told FLArmenians.com, “Having recently visited the Armenian Genocide Memorial in Yerevan, President Biden’s historic announcement today delivers profound meaning.” Elected in 2017, Samuelian is the first Armenian American elected official in Miami-Dade County, FL.
*This post was updated on Thursday, April 29, 2021 to reflect the new statements. FLArmenians.com will continue to update this post with new statements from Florida elected officials.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Editorial Staff
Tuesday, March 13th, is election day for several cities in Palm Beach County. As Armenian American voters head to the polls in Palm Beach County, Florida Armenians is pleased to provide you with a list of our 2018 Municipal Endorsements.
City of Boca Raton:
Seat C: Jeremy Rodgers
Seat D: Armand Grossman
City of Delray Beach:
Mayor: Jim Chard
Seat 1: Adam Frankel
Seat 3: Mitch Katz
City of Highland Beach:
Vice-Mayor: Alysen Africano-Nila
Commission: Peggy Gossett-Seidman
City of Lake Worth:
Mayor: Pam Triolo
District 1: Scott Maxwell
City of West Palm Beach:
District 1: Kelly Shoaf
District 5: Shanon Materio
Election Day is Tuesday, March 13th. Polls are open 7:00AM to 7:00PM. Municipal elections in Florida are Non-Partisan, meaning the candidates cannot, by law, disclose or promote their party affiliation or registration.
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Are you a registered voter in Palm Beach County, but don’t know where to go to vote? Click here to find your precinct in Palm Beach County.
Also, you can now register to vote online in the State of Florida! Click here to register to vote, and you will be eligible to vote in the following election.
The next election is the Primary Election on August 28, 2018. The General Election will be held on November 6, 2018.