QUEENS, NY – Costa Constantinides, progressive candidate for Queens Borough President, issued the following statement on the June 23 Democratic primary.
“I first want to thank everyone who joined our campaign to Transform Queens. From the start we ran a people-powered movement based on the idea that we can fight climate change at the local level. I have always governed on the idea that no one should live in fear of rising seas or rising rents. Throughout this race we have reimagined what a Borough President could and should do for the people of Queens. Whether it was calling for the shutdown of every dirty power plant or laying the groundwork for the creation of 50,000 green new jobs, we have inspired Queens residents to act now for a brighter future. And when the COVID-19 pandemic ravaged our communities due to a lack of healthcare access, we led the call to build new hospitals – another moral obligation that Big Real Estate has tried to stop. In the end, ours was a progressive movement that fought for justice – environmental, racial and economic. I am so proud of the resolve, professionalism, and dedication of our staff, volunteers and supporters who all shared in that vision.
“We will likely not know the results of this race for another week, when the absentee ballots are counted. But tonight’s results show people are ready to Transform Queens. However, we are incredibly disappointed by the Board of Election’s inability to deliver ballots to all those who requested them. New Yorkers, especially the 2.3 million who call Queens home, need new reforms to how we cast ballots — starting with a legitimate vote-by-mail system. More crises are on the horizon, and this underscores why we need reform to ensure democracy is never disrupted.
“Last, I want to thank my fellow candidates for a civil discourse over the last year. There were many forums, candidate nights, and, later on, Zoom debates. No matter where life takes us, I look forward to working with you all.”
Costa Constantinides currently serves in the New York City Council, where he represents western Queens and chairs the Committee on Environmental Protection. His legislative accomplishments include the Climate Mobilization Act, a Green New Deal for New York City, as well as the historic 80% reduction by 2050 of carbon emissions commitment. Costa lives in his native Astoria with his wife and son.
For more information, visit: www.votecosta.com.