The Council of the City of New York
Office of Costa Constantinides
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For Immediate Release
November 3, 2014
Contact: Shachar Sharon

Elected Officials and HPD Host Greening Your Home Forum

Jackson Heights, N.Y. – New York City Council Member Costa Constantinides (D-Astoria), Congressman Joe Crowley (D-Queens, the Bronx), Assemblyman Michael DenDekker (D-East Elmhurst), in partnership with the NYC Department of Housing Preservation & Development (HPD), United Community Civic Association, and other non-profit agencies hosted a Greening Your Home Forum.

Panelists at the forum included representatives from HPD, NYC Department of Sanitation, NYC Department of Health, Solar One, GrowNYC, the White Roof Project, and others. The panelists answered questions about installation of solar panels, the virtues of composting and recycling, energy audits, weatherization, and other incentives available to homeowners who make their homes more environmentally-friendly.

Constantinides said, “There are so many ways that homeowners can green their homes and it’s important to make sure everyone knows what’s available. Making our homes more environmentally-friendly saves money in the long term and helps make us a greener city. As the effects of climate change are already being felt, it is integral that our homes use less energy. This forum provided helpful information for homeowners on how to do just that. I thank HPD for partnering with us at this important meeting.”

“We all need to do our part to ensure we leave behind a healthier planet for our future generations,” said Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Queens, the Bronx). “And that starts with promoting environmental awareness within our own communities. I thank Council Member Constantinides for partnering with the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development to provide local residents with the opportunity to learn about the different ways in which each one of us can contribute. Making our homes more eco-friendly while saving money in the process is a win-win for the environment and every New Yorker.”

DenDekker said, “Energy and cost-saving measures are hugely beneficial to homeowners and the community. I am always grateful for the opportunity to have conversations on steps like energy audits, weatherization, and conservation tips so that housing in Queens can be comfortable, sustainable, and affordable.”

Pamela Glaser of HPD said, “It was a terrific event: a large turnout of very engaged homeowners, expert panelists, and a great venue. Thanks again to the folks at The Lexington School. Councilman Constantinides demonstrated how knowledgeable and committed he is personally to issues of energy conservation and sustainability, and we very much appreciated the support and presence of the Assemblyman DenDekker and Congressman Crowley.”

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