2017-07-26 / Front Page

De Blasio, Constantinides Host Town Hall In Astoria


Mayor Bill de Blasio’s City Hall in Your Borough tour at P. S. 70. The Mayor answered questions and heard concerns from everyone present. De Blasio and NYC Councilman Costa Constantinides are seen here fielding questions. In the audience are HANAC Executive Director John P. Kaiteris, CALDC Executive Vice President and Gazette Publisher Tony Barsamian, and President George Stamatiades. 
Photo Walter Karling Mayor Bill de Blasio’s City Hall in Your Borough tour at P. S. 70. The Mayor answered questions and heard concerns from everyone present. De Blasio and NYC Councilman Costa Constantinides are seen here fielding questions. In the audience are HANAC Executive Director John P. Kaiteris, CALDC Executive Vice President and Gazette Publisher Tony Barsamian, and President George Stamatiades. Photo Walter Karling Last Wednesday, over 400 people gathered at P.S. 70 in Astoria for a town hall with Mayor Bill de Blasio joined by Councilman Costa Constantinides. They, along with commissioners from every city agency, answered questions from the audience for almost three hours.

Topics ranged from questions about affordable housing, 421-a enforcement, issues with the subway system, after-hours construction, and parks maintenance. Community members also asked about traffic safety mitigation measures along certain thoroughfares, and capital investments in playgrounds. Mayor de Blasio, agency commissioners, and Councilman Constantinides provided answers and followup information.


NYPD Patrol Borough Queens North Assistant Chief Juanita Holmes (r.) was seated with NYPD brass. 
Photos Walter Karling NYPD Patrol Borough Queens North Assistant Chief Juanita Holmes (r.) was seated with NYPD brass. Photos Walter Karling The Mayor also announced that the city will begin a capital construction project for Queens Library at Steinway next spring. He also announced that the Department of Transportation will present a traffic mitigation plan to make Steinway Street more pedestrian-friendly. Earlier this year, Constantinides had proposed a reevaluation of the street. He proposed measures that would make the street more conducive to commerce and easier to traverse including mid-block crossings and leading pedestrian intervals. Community stakeholders, including the Steinway Astoria Partnership and transportation groups support his proposals.

Constantinides was excited to hear about the Mayor’s announcement of a plan to make Steinway Street more pedestrian friendly. “Shoppers should be able to more easily and safely cross the street to travel between businesses. Residents and small business will benefit from a Steinway streetscape that is safer and more conducive to commerce. We look forward to working with DOT and community stakeholders on this redesign in a timely manner,” Constantinides said.



Mayor Bill de Blasio and NYC Councilman Costa Constantinides listen to a question from Gazette Publisher Tony Barsamian. Mayor Bill de Blasio and NYC Councilman Costa Constantinides listen to a question from Gazette Publisher Tony Barsamian.

NYPD Patrol Borough Queens North Assistant Chief Juanita Holmes, Commanding Officer addresses a question from the audience as Mayor Bill de Blasio and NYC Councilman Costa Constantinides look on. NYPD Patrol Borough Queens North Assistant Chief Juanita Holmes, Commanding Officer addresses a question from the audience as Mayor Bill de Blasio and NYC Councilman Costa Constantinides look on.

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz was joined by Deputy Borough President Melva Miller. Queens Borough President Melinda Katz was joined by Deputy Borough President Melva Miller.

Members of the community discussed issues and got answers from Mayor Bill de Blasio and Councilman Costa Constantinides. Seen here are Edward Babor and CB1 District Manager Florence Koulouris. 
Photo Jeff Reed/NYC Council Members of the community discussed issues and got answers from Mayor Bill de Blasio and Councilman Costa Constantinides. Seen here are Edward Babor and CB1 District Manager Florence Koulouris. Photo Jeff Reed/NYC Council

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