The Council of the City of New York
Office of Council Member Costa Constantinides
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For Immediate Release
February 19, 2014
Contact: Shachar Sharon

Elected Officials Celebrate Black History Month with “Still I Rise”
Paying Tribute to Astoria’s leaders on the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

Astoria, N.Y. – City Councilman Costa Constantinides (D-Astoria), along with Senator Michael Gianaris and Assemblymember Cathy Nolan, paid tribute to Astoria’s leaders as part of a collaborated Black History Month celebration ‘Still I Rise.’

They honored Astoria Houses Tenants Association President Claudia Coger, Vice President Renee Edwards, and Center of Hope International Pastor Bishop Mitchell Taylor,the Floating Hospital, the Minor Miracles Foundation and Alternative Escapes.

Council Member Constantinides said, “Our honorees have worked tirelessly for their community and have made our neighborhood a better and more vibrant place. These great individuals continue the work of the Civil Rights movement day in and day out and we thank them for their service.”

“It is an honor to celebrate Black History Month with such distinguished leaders, each of whom does so much to make our neighborhood a better place to live,” said Senator Gianaris. “I am inspired by the words of our young essay contestants, who give me confidence that our future will continue to improve our community.”

“I am so happy to have been a part of the Black History Month celebration, along with Senator Gianaris, Councilmember Constantinides and the Astoria Houses Residents Association,” said Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan.” It was a pleasure to celebrate T.A. President Claudio Coger, Bishop Mitchell Taylor and all of the other honorees. I’m so thankful for their great leadership in the community and the good work they do every day to make our district a better place.”

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 Sub-Committee on Libraries and sits on seven standing committees: Civil Service & Labor, Contracts, Cultural Affairs, Environmental Protection, Oversight & Investigations, Sanitation, and Transportation. For more information, visit