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

Constantinides Introduces Bill to Reduce Greenhouse Gasses

New York – City Council Member Costa Constantinides (D-Astoria) introduced INT. 378, which would mandate the city reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050.

The bill follows a recommendation in the 2013 PlaNYC progress report to further reduce carbon emissions from the original goal of a 30% reduction by 2030.

“As a longtime environmentalist, I introduced this bill as our goal,” said Constantinides. “We must take every step we can in order to protect our city from the effects of climate change. Reducing our carbon emissions is a huge step forward in moving our city into the twenty-first century.”

Constantinides previously introduced several other pieces of legislation to improve the city’s environmental and air quality. INT. 186 would mandate that residents and business owners do not exceed a minimum noise level at night. INT. 54 mandates that city ferries be powered by ultra low sulfur diesel fuel blend with at least 20% biodiesel by 2020. INT. 359 would require a study of adverse environmental impacts resulting from governmental policies and programs in low-income communities.

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