The Council of the City of New York
Office of Council Member Costa Constantinides
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For Immediate Release
February 26, 2014
Contact: Shachar Sharon

Council Member Constantinides Introduces Three Bills

New York – City Council Member Costa Constantinides (D-Astoria) introduced three pieces of legislation at today’s stated meeting – his first since taking office in January.

Constantinides introduced INT #54, which mandates that city ferries be powered by ultra low sulfur diesel fuel blend with at least 5% biodiesel by July 1 of this year and with 20% biodiesel by January 1, 2020.

“I am proud to introduce this bill to make our ferries more green and efficient,” said Constantinides. “As a long-time environmental activist, I believe a clean environment and better air quality are a top priority. This bill will improve our air quality while staying committed to expanding the use of green energy, creating local green jobs and making our city more sustainable.”

Constantinides also introduced INT #52, which requires that all public waste receptacles be emptied by the Department of Sanitation at least once per day, as well as INT #53, which requires that potholes are filled within 5 days or less.

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