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

For Immediate Release
January 14, 2015
Contact: Shachar Sharon

Constantinides with Community and Union Groups Hold Astoria Cove Learning Day

Astoria, N.Y. – City Council Member Costa Constantinides (D-Astoria), Build Up NYC, and Urban Upbound with Astoria Houses Tenant Association, Queensbridge Tenant Association and Ravenswood Tenant Association held Astoria Cove Learning Day.

The event, just two months following the approval of the Astoria Cove development, was organized so that community members could learn about the job opportunities the development will bring. Hundreds of people looking for careers in construction, building operations, security or the hospitality industry attended.

Representatives from the construction and building trades, 32BJ SEIU and the Hotel Trades Council distributed information and answered questions about work in their industries.

Constantinides said, “I was happy to see the community turn out for Astoria Cove Learning Day to get information on jobs that will become available at the upcoming development. One of the issues that we made sure to address in the agreement on Astoria Cove was to ensure that there would be good job opportunities at the development and that the workers would be able to afford to live in this community. I thank Build Up NYC, Urban Upbound, and all the groups that worked to organize this event and I thank all who attended.”

Gary LaBarbera, president of Build Up NYC said, “We are pleased to bring valuable information to Astoria about programs available in the building trades, hotel trades, and building operations and maintenance that teach workers how to do their jobs right. As our city skyline continues to transform, we must ensure that good jobs are made available for working families, and Build Up NYC is committed to making sure those jobs are ones that lift and keep communities in the middle class.”

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