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

For Immediate Release
July 21, 2015
Contact: Shachar Sharon

Constantinides, Crowley, Simotas Clean Up Graffiti

Astoria, N.Y. – Council Member Costa Constantinides, along with Congressman Joe Crowley and Assemblymember Aravella Simotas, today organized a graffiti cleanup of mailboxes in Astoria. Volunteers painted mailboxes that had been tagged by graffiti using blue paint from the U.S. Postal Service.

Constantinides said, “It takes the help and cooperation of everyone to keep our neighborhood clean. As we work to Keep Astoria Clean, we attend to every aspect of our streets, including mailboxes. Mailboxes are utilized by everyone and ensuring that they are graffiti-free brings benefits to the entire community. I thank Congressman Crowley, Assemblymember Simotas, and all our volunteers for their contribution.”

“Astorians take great pride in their community and don’t want to see their neighborhood marred by graffiti,” said Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Queens, the Bronx). “I thank Council Member Constantinides for organizing this cleanup effort and the U.S. Postal Service for working with us to ensure we are able to repaint vandalized mailboxes in the area. It’s great to see so many of us come together to beautify the neighborhood!”

“We all want a clean living environment for our growing community and to help our small businesses thrive,” said Simotas. “I am proud to call this place home and to continue my commitment to keeping Astoria clean by partnering with Congressman Crowley and Councilman Constantinides.”

In addition to painting mailbox graffiti, Constantinides made keeping the neighborhood clean a top priority of his FY ‘16 discretionary budget allocations. He allocated $68,000 of his discretionary budget to The Doe Fund to sweep the sidewalks of major thoroughfares throughout the district including 30 Avenue, Ditmars Boulevard, and 31 Street. Constantinides also allocated $15,000 to the Queens Economic Development Corporation for graffiti clean-up throughout the district. The Council this year enhanced its successful NYC Clean Up initiative to $5.3 Million citywide. Constantinides plans to use the additional funding for expanded sidewalk sweeping and graffiti clean-up services.

Council Member 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 Environmental Protection Committee and sits on six additional standing committees: Civil Service & Labor, Contracts, Cultural Affairs, Oversight & Investigations, Sanitation, and Transportation. For more information, visit council.nyc.gov/costa.

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