The Council of the City of New York
Office of Council Member Costa Constantinides
(718) 274-4500

For Immediate Release
December 23, 2014
Contact: Shachar Sharon

Queens Officials Organize Coat Drive

Astoria, N.Y. – Council Member Costa Constantinides (D-Astoria), State Senator Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria), Assembly Member Aravella Simotas (D-Astoria), and Assembly Member Michael DenDekker (D-East Elmhurst) gathered with nearly 100 coats that were donated by the community for people in need across the entire city.

The gathering was part of a drive for lightly used winter coats in collaboration with New York Cares. Coats were collected at all four of the officials’ District Offices.

“It is important during this holiday season that we help those in need,” said Constantinides. “Many in our city do not have a place to keep warm or clothing to cover themselves during the harsh winter months. That’s why we coordinated this coat drive with New York Cares. I thank my colleagues in state government for participating and I appreciate all who donated.”

Gianaris said, “Few things embody the holiday spirit more than providing warm clothing for our neighbors in need. I am proud to have been a part of this effort and I thank Councilman Constantinides for his work to ensure our fellow New Yorkers aren’t left out in the cold this winter.”

“Winter weather poses a danger to the most vulnerable members of our community,” said Simotas. “I am proud of all the generous donors and dedicated volunteers who helped make this year’s coat drive a success and I will continue to support efforts that help those in need to stay warm and safe.”

DenDekker said, “I am proud to join Councilman Constantinides, Assemblywoman Simotas, and Senator Gianaris in this coat drive. Winter in New York is long and cold, and New York Cares does incredible work keeping people warm and safe every year.”

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