Constantinides greets his constituents with open arms
by jason Cohen
Mar 06, 2014 | 628 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Lifelong Astoria resident and newly elected councilman Costa Constantinides welcomed his new constituents during an open house event last week at his district office on Newtown Avenue.

“It’s really about all of you today,” he said. “This is the people’s house.”

The councilman said he has tried to hit the ground running. He is aiming to improve traffic on 23rd Street, and introduced his first three bills last week, which deal with getting potholes fixed in five days, having garbage cans emptied daily, and diversifying alternative energy.

“I’m excited about the great work that we have yet to get done,” he said. “We’ve really worked hard to serve the constituents in this district.”

So far, Constantinides said he has received good feedback and being a councilman has surpassed his expectations. He also announced that he will be holding a pedestrian safety town hall in March.

“No one should feel that crossing a street is unsafe,” he said.

Constantinides represents the 22nd District, which includes his native Astoria and parts of Woodside, East Elmhurst, and Jackson Heights.

Lifelong Astoria resident Ed Bador attended the open house with his wife Pat. Bador has known Constantinides for a long time and appreciates his desire to improve the cleanliness and safety of the district.

“I feel confident about Costa being in office,” he said.

Lynn Kennedy, who runs the group Friends of Astoria Heights Park, has gotten to know Constantinides over the past few years.

“He’s the only politician that ever came to my door and spoke to me,” Kennedy said. “He’s been supporting us, so we’re going to support him.”

Attending his first political event ever was Astoria resident Nikki Vittorio. Vittorio, who works in a trade association, said his company suggested he meet his councilman and he thought it would be a good idea.

“He’s a very nice guy,” he said.

Several elected officials also attended the event, including Assemblyman Mike DenDekker and State Senator Michael Gianaris, attended the event.

“We’re very excited for Costa to be in office,” DenDekker said. “We’re looking forward to a good long relationship.”

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