Bill de Blasio giving a speech at the event

By Patricia Canole | Photos by Annie Watt/

Ernie Anastos, Joseph Sano
Kelly Anastos, John Catsimatidis, Margo Catsimatidis, George Venizelos, Bill Grous

With the dawn of Spring, Mayor Bill de Blasio proclaimed March 21st “Ernie Anastos Day” in New York City. “It’s amazing to be honored by the city of New York, the greatest place in the world,” said Ernie who was surrounded by family, friends, and colleagues at Gracie Mansion.

Peter Stratis, Ernie Anastos

Mayor de Blasio told the guests that “as an accomplished writer, a respected broadcast journalist and celebrated anchorman, Ernie Anastos has continued to be a leader in the television industry for more than 40 years. Throughout his career, Ernie has always demonstrated an unyielding commitment to raising the standards of reporting,” he continued, “and helped keep generations of New Yorkers well-informed. Today, we celebrate him as a symbol of the bold and indomitable spirit of New York’s Greek-American community!”

Elder Archbishop Demetrios of America, Chirlane McCray

The Emmy award-winning Fox5 broadcaster has also done turns at the local ABC and CBS affiliates in New York. His anchored coverage has spanned the world: 9/11 World Trade Center attacks, travel to Cuba to interview Fidel Castro on the 45th anniversary of the Cuban Revolution, and interviews with Presidents Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, and Bill Clinton. His reports from Cape Cod on the John F. Kennedy, Jr. plane crash in 1999 garnered an Emmy.

Family and friends had the chance to congratulate the grateful recipient at a reception immediately following the ceremony.

Bill de Blasio, Ernie Anastos
Miss Greek Independence 2017 Julia Kokkosis, Ernie Anastos