2016-09-14 / Features

September 11th Hero Honored With Street Co-Naming


An Astoria street was co-named in honor of the late Lieutenant Theodore Leoutsakos, a lifelong Astoria resident and New York State Court Officer who assisted with rescue efforts at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. The co-naming of 29th Street and 21st Avenue was celebrated by Council Member Costa Constantinides, joined by members of the Leoutsakos family, the New York State Court Officers Academy, State Senator Michael Gianaris, State Assembly Member Aravella Simotas and others. An Astoria street was co-named in honor of the late Lieutenant Theodore Leoutsakos, a lifelong Astoria resident and New York State Court Officer who assisted with rescue efforts at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. The co-naming of 29th Street and 21st Avenue was celebrated by Council Member Costa Constantinides, joined by members of the Leoutsakos family, the New York State Court Officers Academy, State Senator Michael Gianaris, State Assembly Member Aravella Simotas and others. New York City Council Member Costa Constantinides celebrated the co-naming of 29th Street in honor of the late Lieutenant Theodore Leoutsakos. The celebration took place on September 9th at the intersection of 29th Street and 21st Avenue with members of the Leoutsakos family, the New York State Court Officers Academy, State Assembly Member Aravella Simotas and others.

The City Council unanimously passed INT. 1227, which co-named this street as well as other streets throughout the city, on July 14th. It was signed into law on August 3rd.

Leoutsakos was a lifelong Astoria resident and New York State Court Officer. He assisted with rescue efforts at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, showing his dedication and sacrifice to his fellow New Yorkers, only to get trapped in the collapse of the South Tower. He survived that day, but endured lasting health effects. Leoutsakos died of September 11th-related cancer in 2015.

Constantinides said, “We are proud to commemorate Lieutenant Theodore Leoutsakos’ contribution to our city with this street co-naming. Leoutsakos’ assistance at the World Trade Center rubble pile during the September 11th rescue efforts demonstrated his sacrifice to our community. We honor him for his dedication and service. Thank you to everyone for joining us in celebrating his memory.”

“We are so honored to have the street my family has lived on for 47 years co-named in our father’s honor. Our father was a man who believed in serving his community and country. We would like to thank Councilman Constantinides and the NYS Court Officers Academy on their tireless work on getting this street co-naming passed. Today is a celebration of my father and a proud day for our entire family,” said Stacey, Cynthia and Stephanie Leoutsakos, daughters of Lt. Leoutsakos.

NYS Court Officers Academy Chief Joseph Baccellieri, Jr. said, “We are grateful to Councilman Constantinides for honoring and paying tribute to a true American hero who served his country with pride and distinction in combat as an airman in the United States Air Force and as a New York State Court Officer who responded to the World Trade Center attacks on September 11, 2001.”

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