Assemblymember Aravella Simotas

Costa Constantinides wins City Council District 22 race
Costa Constantinides wins City Council District 22 race
News Angy Altamirano 11/06/2013 at 12:19AM

Costa Constantinides is making history and will now serve the community he has called home his whole life. The lifelong Astoria resident has been elected to fill Peter Vallone Jr.’s seat in City Council District 22 and represent Astoria, Long Island City and parts of Jackson Heights. With 100 percent of the precincts reporting, he [...]

Astoria celebrates Italian heritage at 36th Annual Christopher Columbus Day Parade
Astoria celebrates Italian heritage at 36th Annual Christopher Columbus Day Parade
Top Stories Queens Courier Staff 10/14/2013 at 3:11PM

Astoria got together this past weekend to celebrate the 36th Annual Christopher Columbus Day Parade. On Saturday, October 12, together with Councilmember Peter Vallone Jr., former Speaker Peter Vallone Sr., Assemblymember Aravella Simotas and other local officials, the procession marched from 34th Avenue down to Astoria Boulevard and 33rd Street. The Grand Marshal of the [...]

Pol introduces bill to keep Astoria clean
Pol introduces bill to keep Astoria clean
West Angy Altamirano 10/01/2013 at 4:22PM

Residents and local officials want to take out the trash in Astoria. “We all want a clean living environment for our growing community and to help our small businesses thrive,” said Assemblymember Aravella Simotas at a rally on September 24 at the corner of 31st Street and Ditmars Boulevard. Her office has heard from an [...]

Costa Constantinides wins 22nd Council District primary race
Costa Constantinides wins 22nd Council District primary race
Politics Angy Altamirano 9/11/2013 at 1:05AM

After months of campaigning, Costa Constantinides is one step closer to filling Peter Vallone Jr.’s seat in City Council District 22 and representing Astoria, Long Island City and parts of Jackson Heights. Together with his wife, 4-year old son, mother, family, friends and supporters Constantinides celebrated his victory as the Democratic candidate in the Primary [...]

St. Michael’s Cemetery looking to expand
St. Michael’s Cemetery looking to expand
West Angy Altamirano 8/21/2013 at 1:25PM

St. Michael’s Cemetery in East Elmhurst is looking to expand in order to continue serving the community — both in this life and after. In order to make sure St. Michael’s, located at 72-02 Astoria Boulevard, does not run out of space and continues to serve the community, the cemetery is in talks to purchase [...]

Liquor Authority votes no booze for Astoria bikini bar
West Angy Altamirano 7/09/2013 at 2:23PM

The girls can show some skin, but cannot serve guests some drinks. On July 2, the State Liquor Authority (SLA) rejected a liquor license application from the owners of Racks, a restaurant and bar that owners are seeking to open at 19-26 Steinway Street. During the SLA meeting, local politicians and residents showed up to [...]

Coalition formed to save Steinway Mansion
Coalition formed to save Steinway Mansion
Top Stories Angy Altamirano 3/29/2013 at 9:24AM

A new group is aiming to preserve the iconic Steinway Mansion for future generations to enjoy the historic local landmark. The Friends of Steinway Mansion is a newly formed coalition with members including Steinway & Sons, the Queens Economic Development Corporation, local officials and historians. “It is the stuff of New York legend. Within its [...]