"2016 Annual Dinner Dance"
Saturday, June 4, 2016, at 7:00pm
Terrace on the Park
52-11 111th Street
Meadow Park, Queens, NY
NYC Council Member
Evagoras Pallikarides Award of Merit
Distinguished Fellow Cypriot Award
Panpaphian of the Year Award
Costa Constantinides Biography
Costa Constantinides represents the New York City Council's 22nd District, which includes his native Astoria along with parts of Woodside, East Elmhurst, and Jackson Heights. He serves as the chair the City Council's Environmental Protection Committee and sits on six additional committees: Civil Service & Labor, Contracts, Cultural Affairs, Oversight & Investigations, Sanitation, and Transportation.
In November 2013, Costa was overwhelmingly elected to the City Council with more than 65 percent of the vote, becoming the first Greek-Cypriot-American elected to office in New York City.
During his time in the City Council, Costa helped pass a landmark zoning agreement on Astoria Cove, a future development along Astoria's East River waterfront on Hallets Peninsula. For the first time in city history, a developer was be required by law to provide permanently affordable housing. The finalized agreement included 27% of the development permanently reserved for low- and middle-income households.
Environmental policy has been a priority for Costa. In 2014, the City Council unanimously passed his bill to reduce carbon emissions by 80% by 2050. The legislation, now Local Law 66 of 2014, was an integral part of Mayor de Blasio's pledge to make New York greener and the Council's policy platform to strengthen the City's commitment to a more sustainable and environmentally-friendly future. To help help achieve this commitment to reduce carbon emissions, Costa has sponsored additional legislation to encourage more use of solar, geothermal energy, and biofuels.
A long record of accomplishment in environmental protection follows Costa since before taking office. He spent six years working with former Council Member James F. Gennaro, then-Chair of the Environmental Protection Committee. They helped to fight hydraulic fracturing in New York State and passed legislation expanding the City's use of alternative fuels, legislation that helped green buildings, and legislation that improved air and water quality.
Prior to and since becoming a Council Member, Costa engaged his neighborhood in community service. He has coordinated annual school supply drives, coat drives, and holiday gift drives. He also organized dozens of neighborhood playground, block, and graffiti cleanups.
Costa has remained committed to promoting public participation. He implemented the Participatory Budgeting program in the 22nd District, setting aside a portion of his capital discretionary funding for district residents to vote on how they think it should be allocated.
As an attorney, Costa served as a Steering Committee Member of the New York Democratic Lawyers Council working on voter protection, advocating to ensure everyone who is eligible and wishes to vote is not disenfranchised. As the law student outreach co-chair, Costa organized throughout the state to work on important voter protection issues.
After attending local public schools P.S. 84 and P.S. 122, Costa graduated Cum Laude from CUNY Queens College with a bachelor's degree in Political Science and History while working full-time in retail management to put himself through school. Costa received his Juris Doctor degree from the Benjamin Cardozo School of Law. He was admitted to the New York State Bar as an attorney in 2014.
Costa and his wife Lori reside in Astoria with their son Nikolas.
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