The Council of the City of New York
Office of Council Member Costa Constantinides
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For Immediate Release
June 13, 2014
Contact: Shachar Sharon

Constantinides and Astoria Small Business Owners with SBS Commissioner

Astoria, N.Y. – City Council Member Costa Constantinides (D-Astoria) and small business owners from across Astoria met with NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS) Commissioner Maria Torres-Springer.

The meeting was attended by business owners across Astoria, along with leaders of Steinway Astoria Partnership, Central Astoria Local Development Corporation (LDC), Broadway Merchants Association, and 30th Avenue Business Association. They discussed the programs and resources that are available to them through the SBS and potential new methods that could be used to welcome new business owners to the area.

“It was an honor to have Commissioner Torres-Springer and the Steinway BID to help facilitate such a productive meeting,” said Constantinides. “With all the small business owners together in one room, we were able to accomplish a whole lot. I’m excited to begin to work on our new ideas for promoting business growth in Astoria and throughout Queens.”

“Small businesses are the City’s economic engine, serving as an equalizer by creating jobs and vibrant neighborhoods throughout the five boroughs, and I thank Council Member Constantinides and the small business owners who took the time out to meet with me to discuss how the City can help Astoria small businesses start, operate, and grow,” said Maria Torres-Springer, Commissioner of the NYC Department of Small Business Services. “I look forward to continuing to work together to strengthen the City’s small businesses, and I encourage all small businesses to learn more about the free services available at”

“We had a great meeting with Commissioner Torres-Springer, who was most gracious in listening to the concerns and suggestions of Astoria’s small businesses,” said Torniali “We thank her for coming to Astoria and we thank Council Member Constantinides for inviting her. We feel certain that this exchange of ideas laid the groundwork for a great working relationship between Astoria’s small business community and SBS under the leadership of Commissioner Torres-Springer.”

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