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Gianaris Endorses Costantinides for Queens Borough President

February 7, 2020

QUEENS, NY – New York State Senate Deputy Leader Michael Gianaris endorsed Costa Constantinides as the progressive choice for Queens Borough President. His support adds to the growing movement to transform Queens ahead of the March 24 special election.

“Costa is the leader our communities need,” said Senate Deputy Leader Gianaris. “His vision for a greener Queens is more important than ever. I am proud to endorse him as the Borough President who will take us to a brighter future.”

“Senator Gianaris’ support shows this is the real progressive movement to reshape Queens over the next decade,” said Costa Constantinides, progressive Democrat for Queens Borough President. “Together we can meaningfully fight climate change, create 50,000 union green jobs, and secure deep affordable housing. I’m thankful to Mike for his support and look forward to transforming Queens with him.”

The Astoria natives, born to Greek and Greek-Cypriot immigrants, have been friends since their teenage years playing basketball. Their teamwork carried over into government life, where they’ve served Astoria together for several years. Gianaris is the first-ever Greek-American elected official from New York City and serves as Deputy Leader of the State Senate.

Together, he and Constantinides have made the Astoria community stronger. Their partnership helped lead the community to shutter the Charles Poletti Power Plant, get hot water restored for hundreds of units at the Acropolis Gardens when the landlord refused to act, and saved the Astoria Houses senior center from the chopping block. Constantinides and Gianaris have left a progressive legacy on western Queens that will help countless generations to come.

Gianaris, a progressive champion in New York, is the latest key western Queens lawmaker to back Constantinides. On Monday, State Senator Jessica Ramos became the first elected official to endorse Constantinides’ campaign for Queens Borough President.

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

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