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

Crowley and Constantinides Celebrate Library Day

Astoria, N.Y. – New York City Council Member Costa Constantinides (D-Astoria) and U.S. Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Queens, the Bronx) celebrated the services our city’s libraries and staff provide at the Queens Library’s Steinway Branch.

Nearly seventy-five elementary school students and parents from the surrounding area attended the celebration, which included a magic show and story reading time by the two elected officials. Constantinides and Crowley also honored the winners of an essay contest that they hosted with local elementary schools, which highlighted the many services that the libraries provide to the community.

“Our city’s libraries provide irreplaceable services with attentive staff and robust programming,” said Constantinides. “I was proud to celebrate those services with the students who use them. We must continue to support our libraries, whether it is through celebrations like these or by providing the funding they need to stay open six days per week. I thank Congressman Crowley for joining me in this celebration.”

“Our local libraries are vitally important to our communities,” said Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Queens, the Bronx). “I’m proud to join NYC Council Member Costa Constantinides to celebrate the Queens Library and I applaud him on his commitment to protecting this resource and making sure it can continue to provide valuable services for generations to come.”

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