The Council of the City of New York
Office of Council Member Costa Constantinides
For Immediate Release
July 23, 2015
Contact: Shachar Sharon
City Council Co-Names Street In Honor of Dennis Syntilas
New York City Hall – The New York City Council today introduced and unanimously passed INT. 849, which would co-name streets throughout the city. The bill, co-sponsored by Council Member Costa Constantinides (Astoria), included the co-naming 30 Avenue between 30 Street and 29 Street in honor of Dennis Syntilas.
Syntilas was a civic leader and community organizer in Astoria who helped make Greek culture an enduring part of Queens culture. He was the founder of Greek-American Homeowners Association, a community-based organization that connects Greek-Americans with government resources and promotes civic engagement. The organization’s charitable presence in the neighborhood is best known for coordinating a free Thanksgiving-Day dinner and meal delivery service for those in need. Syntilas was instrumental in creating Athens Square Park on 30 Avenue. The robust public space serves as a cultural center and recreational hub with a playground, amphitheater, and several sculptures of Ancient Greek figures.
Constantinides said, “I am proud to honor Dennis Syntilas and his family with this street co-naming. His contributions to his community have been longstanding. Syntilas worked to improve Astoria by promoting Hellenic and Democratic values through his founding of Athens Square and the Greek-American Homeowners Association. He is a great example of civic engagement and responsibility throughout our community. This recognition will forever commemorate his tireless work and contributions to our city.”
Community leaders joined in praising the street co-naming.
State Senator Michael Gianaris said, “If Dennis was with us today, he would be proud to see how well his dream has come to life. It is an honor to continue his legacy through the addition of “Dennis Syntilas Way.” He made so many sacrifices not just for this park but for our entire community and all the immigrants who made their way here over the decades.”
State Assemblymember Aravella Simotas said, “It is truly fitting that we honor Dennis Syntalis with a street in the heart of the neighborhood he loved. For decades, Mr. Syntalis worked to make our community special. His commitment to Astoria and to Hellenic culture should serve as an example to all of us.”
George L. Stamatiades, Treasure of community group Athens Square Inc., said, “Dennis Syntilas’s dedication and love for the entire community will forever shine in Athens Square.”
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.