UKRAINIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH OF THE USA

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NY Governor Andrew M. Cuomo Becomes Recipient of Patriarch Athenagoras Human Rights Award

Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor of New York, receive this year’s Patriarch Athenagoras Human Rights Award presented by the Order of Saint Andrew, Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, at the organization’s annual banquet Saturday, October 15, 2016 at the New York Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City.

Governor Cuomo, a strong advocate for religious freedom for the Ecumenical Patriarchate, was the instrumental person in the process of securing an agreement with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey regarding the rebuilding and resurrection of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine at the World Trade Center, which was destroyed in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.