On April 11, 2007 Dr. Florakis was awarded a proclamation from New York City in recognition of service to his community and the City. A picture of the proclamation is below.
City of New York
The Council of the City of New York is proud and pleased to celebrate the 186th Anniversary of Greek Independence day and to honor George Florakis for his outstanding contributions to the City and the Greek community; and
As we celebrate the cultural history of people of Hellenic descent, we remember with special gratitude the gifts that Greek Americans bring to every aspect of our national life; and
George Florakis is a proud and devoted father of three, a loving husband, a member of the American Hellenic Education Progressive Association, a former Boy Scout Leader for the Greek Boy Scouts at Holy Trinity Church, and a member of two Greek Orthodox Churches; and
George Florakis has personified the spirit and practice of giving back and contributing to one’s community, city and society; and
George Florakis is a proud graduate of Columbia University, having attended the college and the medical school, and completed his residency at the Edward S. Harkness Eye Institute at the Columbia-Presbyterian Medical center; and
George Florakis started the non-profit Cornea and Educational Research Foundation, which educates physicians, fellows, and students about corneal eye disease; and
In 1998, George Florakis went to Morocco with the American Pediatric Ophthalmology Congress on a mission called Healing the Children. There, George Florakis performed numerous corneal transplants which imparted the gift of sight to many children who otherwise would have remained in darkness; and
George Florakis has traveled the world giving ophthalmic lectures and has received a multitude of academic honors, including election to Best Doctors in America and Docs on Top: Westchester and Greenwich’s leading physicians; and
On this auspicious occasion, as we celebrate the 186th Anniversary of Greek Independence Day and extol the great cultural heritage of the Greek nation, we are immensely proud to honor George Florakis, an individual whose dedication to the community is inspirational. He has enriched our City and the Greek community with his contributions and is worthy of the esteem of all New Yorkers; now, therefore
Be It Known:
That the Council of the City of New York most gratefully honors
For his exceptional service to the community, City and nation.
Signed this 11th day of April in the year Two Thousand and Seven.
Alan Jay Gerson
Council Member, 1st District