New York.- “Costas Constantinides is the first Greek Cypriot American in the New York City Council,” said Philip Christopher, President of The International Coordinating Committee Justice for Cyprus, “we couldn’t be more proud!”
Costas won the 22nd District seat succeeding Councilmember Peter Vallone Jr. Constantinides defeated John Ciafone and Constantinos (Gus) Prentzas in the election.
“Costas grew up in Astoria and Long Island City, and is very much a young man from our community. He has strong roots and beliefs and is an ethical and down to earth man who is well liked and has a hands-on approach,” added Philip Christopher. “He will be a great asset to New York City and we look forward in following and supporting his political career.”
Costa Constantinides is a grassroots community organizer, progressive political leader, husband and father who has lived in Astoria his whole life. In 2009, Costa was elected to serve as the Democratic District Leader for the 36th Assembly District, Part A.
Costa is a forceful advocate for working families. He has been instrumental in formulating legislation as the Legislative Director for two New York City Council Members, Darlene Mealy and James F. Gennaro. Most recently, Costa was elevated to the position of Deputy Chief of Staff for Council Member Gennaro, the City Council’s chair of Environmental Protection. As Deputy Chief of Staff, Costa assists on key legislation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, to protect our wetlands, improve the water quality of our drinking supply, and on other important environmental measures.
Costa is a dedicated leader fighting for his neighborhood of Astoria. He served as the Vice President of the Long Island City Alliance, an organization dedicated to securing responsible development and protecting quality of life. In 2009, Costa was elected Democratic District Leader for Part A for the 36th Assembly District.
As a democratic district leader, Costa has worked within the community to organize canned food drives, help save the Grand Avenue Post Office, held rallies to fight for traffic safety, and worked with our local elected officials to ensure Astoria received its fair share of funding for various programs. Costa also has been newly elected to the board of the United Community Civic Association and to the Asgata Association.
For his work in Astoria, Costa was honored by the Queens Courier as its “Star of Queens”.
Costa is also a Steering Committee Member of the New York Democratic Lawyers Council working on voter protection throughout New York State, fighting to ensure everyone who is eligible to vote and wishes to vote is not disenfranchised during elections.
Costa is committed to social justice. He volunteered as a legal intern at Children’s Rights, a national advocacy organization that fights for the rights of foster children in states where the child welfare system has failed.
Costa is a proud graduate of local public schools P.S. 84 and P.S. 122, as well as William Cullen Bryant High School. He 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.
Most recently, Costa has been teaching public policy as an adjunct lecturer at Queens College.