Costa wins Astoria City Council seat
by Andrew Pavia
Nov 05, 2013 | 1017 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas, Councilman-elect Costa Constantinides, State Senator Michael Gianaris and Assemblyman Michael Dendekker.
Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas, Councilman-elect Costa Constantinides, State Senator Michael Gianaris and Assemblyman Michael Dendekker.
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Councilman-elect Costa Constantinides celebrating his victory in Astoria.
Councilman-elect Costa Constantinides celebrating his victory in Astoria.
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For the first time since 1974, Astoria will have a representative in the City Council that does not have the last name Vallone.

Costa Constantinides, 36th Assembly District Leader, has been elected to the City Council in the 22nd District after a tough fight against five passionate candidates.

“This whole campaign has been about what we can accomplish together,” said Constantinides. “I’m going to be your voice and I just want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart.”

Constantinides has run on a platform of eliminating trailers used by the Department of Education, cleaning up neighborhood streets and bringing common sense to the Astoria seat. He faced opposition in the Democratic primary, defeating Guz Prentzas.

The crowded race caused opponents like Green Party candidate Lynne Serpe to be at a disadvantage with votes being dispersed among the five candidates.

Constantinides also faced Daniel Peterson on the Republican line, who stressed the need for voters to have an option other than the Democratic Queens machine, and Gerald Khan, who has run for the seat in several times in the past.

“I’m looking forward to representing each and every one of the 160,00 constituents of this district,” he said. “Making sure that government works for them and that they have a voice in city hall that will fight for them every single day.”

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