Costa Constantinides represents the New York City Council’s 22nd District, which includes his native Astoria along with parts of Jackson Heights, Woodside, and East Elmhurst. He serves as chair of the Council’s Environmental Protection Committee and sits on six additional committees: Civil Service & Labor, Contracts, Cultural Affairs, Oversight & Investigations, Sanitation, and Transportation.
Costa was overwhelmingly elected to the City Council with over 65% of the vote, becoming the first Greek-Cypriot-American elected to office in New York City.
During his time in the Council, Costa helped pass a landmark zoning agreement on a future development in Astoria. For the first time in city history, a developer was be required by law to provide permanently affordable housing.
Environmental policy has been a priority for Costa. The Council unanimously passed his bill to reduce carbon emissions 80% by 2050, now Local Law 66 of 2014. To help achieve this, Costa has sponsored additional legislation to encourage more use of solar, wind, geothermal, and biofuels.
Costa has engaged his neighborhood in community service, coordinating school supply, coat, and holiday gift drives. He has also organized playground, block, and graffiti cleanups.
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- Committee on Civil Service and Labor
- Committee on Contracts
- Committee on Cultural Affairs, Libraries, and International Intergroup Relations
- Committee on Environmental Protection (Chair)
- Committee on Oversight and Investigation
- Committee on Sanitation and Solid Waste Management
- Committee on Transportation