The Council of the City of New York
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For Immediate Release
June 11, 2014
Contact: Shachar Sharon

Constantinides Honors Astoria Postal Worker

Photo: Council Member Costa Constantinides and Council Member for a Day winner Scarleth Vintimilla, a student at IS 126, honor postman Joseph Urbina.

New York – City Council Member Costa Constantinides (D-Astoria) honored postman Joseph Urbina for his heroic actions with a Proclamation at today’s stated meeting.

This past March, Joseph Urbina, a 27-year veteran postal worker, helped save a young girl and her family from a fire in their apartment. After rescuing them and putting his life in danger, he knocked on doors in the building to warn all residents about the burning, and also alerted the authorities.

“We honored Joseph Urbina because his important and heroic actions have touched all of us. After saving countless lives, Mr. Urbina’s bravery and courageous actions are a meaningful example and show us how one person and one move can change people’s lives. With his actions we see that we can all make a difference in the world,” said Constantinides.

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