NYCHA Tenant Leaders Back Costa Constantinides for Queens Borough President

February 9, 2020

QUEENS, NY – Claudia Coger and Annie Cotton Morris, two of western Queens’ most revered New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) tenant leaders, are voicing their support for Queens Borough President candidate Costa Constantinides.

“Knowing Costa for a decade now, I can say he is a true public service who wants to make his community better,” said Claudia Coger, President of the Astoria Houses Tenant Association. “He has fought for the Astoria Houses day-in, day-out to make sure we get the investments we deserve. I know he’ll do the same for the entire borough of Queens.”

“Costa Constantinides is the best choice to be Queens Borough President,” said Annie Cotton Morris, President of the Woodside Houses Tenant Association and Chair of the NYCHA Council of Presidents. “I know he will continue to fight for everyone in our borough, secure better services at NYCHA developments, and create thousands of good jobs for our children.”

“I am so excited to have these two amazing women, who have been great mentors over the years, endorse our campaign to transform Queens,” said Costa Constantinides, progressive Democrat for Queens Borough President. “I cannot wait for our partnership to grow stronger at Borough Hall, where we’ll work together to improve life at NYCHA across Queens.”

Support from the legendary tenant organizers represents Constantinides’ continuous push for the New York City Housing Authority to get its act together. In December, he unveiled a plan to improve life at Queens’ nearly two dozen NYCHA campuses. Central to that proposal is to bring NYCHA tenant leaders together on a regular basis — something missing right now in Queens.

His proposals build on the partnerships he’s formed at the Astoria Houses, which didn’t see regular investment before he took office in 2014. That’s included a state-of-the-art basketball court, enhanced communal spaces, and a full renovation of the nearby Hallets Cove Playground. He’s also proudly appointed two Astoria Houses residents to Community Board 1, who’ve since brought a new perspective to the body. Constantinides has pledged to do this across the borough by appointing NYCHA residents to their respective community boards.

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.

More information about Costa Constantinides and his campaign for Queens Borough President is available online: www.votecosta.com.



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