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Costa Constantinides eyeing Vallone’s seat in 22nd Council District

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After winning the Democratic primary last month, Costa Constantinides is ready to head into the General Election to fill departing Councilmember Peter Vallone Jr.’s seat in the 22nd Council District.

“I think Astoria has always been a great place to live, I had a wonderful childhood growing up here,” he said. “It’s a wonderful place and I just want to help continue to foster that same atmosphere.”

In 2009, Constantinides was elected to serve as the Democratic District Leader for the 36th Assembly District, Part A. He served as Legislative Director and Deputy Chief of Staff to Councilmember James F. Gennaro.

In September, Constantinides took the win against attorney John Ciafone and longtime Community Board 1 member Constantinos “Gus” Prentzas in the Democratic primary.

Some of the main areas Constantinides hopes to address if elected are better environmental protection, including reducing traffic congestion, expanding open space and investing in clean energy. He also hopes to improve schools for the children in his district, with introducing better technology and dealing with overcrowding.

Constantinides also plans to clean up the streets by prioritizing garbage pickups, funding a street sweeping program like the Doe Fund, and making sure there are enough enforcement agents to make sure the community stays clean.

“All these things are sort of interconnected with one another and I think when we deal with each individual problem we’re going to help our community move itself forward,” said Constantinides.

Constantinides will run against Republican Daniel Peterson, Green Party candidate Lynne Serpe, Independent Danielle De Stefano and Populist Party candidate Gerald Kann in the general election on November 5.

“This is a real opportunity to vote for the mayor. It’s going to decide our city government,” he said. “It’s important to make sure your voice is heard. So I really encourage every constituent to come out and be part of the process, whether they’re voting for me or not.”



Queens’ Morning Roundup

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morning roundup


Wednesday: Clear in the morning, then partly cloudy. High of 70. Winds from the NNE at 5 to 15 mph shifting to the South in the afternoon. Wednesday night: Partly cloudy in the evening, then clear. Low of 57. Winds from the SW at 5 to 10 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Final Night Market in the Beer Garden at Bohemian Hall

Astoria Market invites you to the season’s final Night Market in the Beer Garden at Bohemian Hall. The market will be held on Wednesday, September 18 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Local bands will be performing, the outdoor grill will be open and there will be drink specials throughout the evening. Stroll through 30 vendors selling unique wares such as art, jewelry, toys, all natural soaps, cookies, and crocheted bags. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

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CB 1 member, business owner Prentzas joins 22nd Council District race

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Longtime Community Board 1 member and small business owner Constantinos “Gus” Prentzas is looking to fill departing Councilmember Peter Vallone Jr.’s seat in the 22nd Council District.

“Northwestern Queens has grown and flourished over the last 12 years,” he said. “I believe I have the right balance of private and public sector experience to continue that progress and look forward to engaging and serving the community in the City Council.”

Prentzas will run as a Democrat. He believes that through his years of experience on the community board and local school boards, he will be able to bring Astoria the leadership it needs.

“I have been proud to serve the community for more than a decade in many different capacities, both elected and unelected,” said Prentzas. “With the seat being vacated by Councilmember Peter Vallone, who is seeking the office of

Borough President, many in the community have been urging me to run to replace him to continue the progress of our community and build on his successful record.”

Prentzas faces attorney John Ciafone, Democratic District Leader Costa Constantinides, Independence Party member and Monsignor McClancy High School volleyball Coach Danielle De Stefano, Republican and former New York Young Republican Club president Daniel Peterson, and Green Party candidate Lynne Serpe.



Green Party candidate Lynne Serpe enters 22nd Council District race

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Green Party candidate Lynne Serpe has announced she will be run to fill departing Councilmember Peter Vallone Jr.’s seat in the 22nd Council District.

“I think I offer a combination of independence and also vision,” Serpe said. “I have a very clear idea of how Astoria can become even better. What I loved about it 20 years ago, I still love about it today.”

Serpe ran against Vallone for City Council in 2009. She is currently the project consultant for the Greening Libraries Initiative at Queens Library and an independent election administrator. She is also an active member of Two Coves Community Garden and the co-founder of Triple R Events: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.

Lynne was the voting system reform coordinator for the New Zealand Parliament. She was also deputy director of the Political Reform Program of the New America Foundation and senior analyst for FairVote.

Running with the slogan “Vote Green, Not Machine,” Serpe’s platform calls for sustainable development, expanded compost and recycling programs, opportunities with healthy food and energy efficiency.

“Green economy is the future of the city,” she said. “I think I’m the complete package.”

Serpe will run against attorney John Ciafone, Democratic District Leader Costa Constantinides, Independent Party member and Monsignor McClancy High School volleyball Coach Danielle De Stefano, and Republican and Former New York Young Republican Club President Daniel Peterson.