2016-01-27 / Political Page

Constantinides Gives State Of The District


Councilman Costa Constantinides gave his State of the District address at PS 122 in Astoria. 
Photo Jason D. Antos Councilman Costa Constantinides gave his State of the District address at PS 122 in Astoria. Photo Jason D. Antos Just two years into his first term as Councilman, Costa Constantinides has achieved many goals to help transform Western Queens into a better place to live. On January 25, the Councilman gave his State of the District report at PS 122 in Astoria to an auditorium filled with his constituency, elected officials and community leaders.

In his speech he covered in detail many of the accomplishments which he has achieved for the neighborhood and what he hopes to achieve for Astoria’s future.

Constantinides has been a champion of improving Astoria’s environment. Last June, he was named Chair of the Committee on Environmental Protection. As Chair, Constantinides has worked with the administration to create policies to enhance the quality of life for the people of Western Queens. Mayor Bill de Blasio recently approved the Councilman’s bill for the use of geothermal energy in Astoria. He also allocated funding for the installation of solar panels on the roof of PS 122 and has been working closely with the Department of Environmental Protection to mitigate the stench of the Bowery Bay Waste Management facility.

He has also pledged to improve the quality of life further by updating the area’s playgrounds, including Hallets Cove playground; cleaner streets with sidewalk accessibility; a war on graffiti; and also pledges to evolve Astoria Park, “the crown jewel of the neighborhood’s crown,” with the installation of a regulation-sized soccer field by the old racetrack.

Constantinides has also made great strides with the creation of neighborhood slow zones, installation of speed bumps and the installation of traffic lights along 21st Avenue, 23rd and 24th and Crescent Streets, helping the area move closer to Vision Zero.

Also in the audience was Annie Wills, who lost her home in the Rockaways to Hurricane Sandy and traveled two hours every day to Astoria to go to school.

Constantinides drew great praise from the audience by announcing that the ferry will return to Astoria in 2017 after and 81-year absence. This service will link Long Island City to Roosevelt Island and Manhattan.

The Councilman concluded his speech by saluting the area’s multi-cultural landscape.

“The things that make us a strong community is our diversity,” said Constantinides. “Western Queens is a bustling, diverse metropolis that is still at heart a small town. I am very proud of that.”

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