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

For Immediate Release
August 7, 2015
Contact: Shachar Sharon

Constantinides and Local Groups Host School Supply Drive

Astoria, N.Y. – New York City Council Member Costa Constantinides is hosting a second-annual school supply drive in conjunction with St. Michael’s Cemetery, 9 H.U.G.S. (Help Us Give & Share), Quontic Bank, the Elmezzi Foundation, and other local organizations. The supplies will be donated to local schools.

The supplies will be collected through September 8th at the following locations. Call (718) 274-4500 with any questions.

Office of Councilman Constantinides
31-09 Newtown Ave., Suite 209
Astoria, NY 11102

Quontic Bank
31-05 Broadway
Astoria, NY 11106

Constantinides said, “All children deserve the right tools to aide in their education. For too many students, the need for supplies sets them back before they can even start the school year right. Through this drive, we are proud to connect community support to schools that are most in need. I commend all of our local partners for their activism and participation to support our community.”

“St. Michael’s is proud of the efforts by Councilman Constantinides to ensure that our children are prepared to return to school. This is the second year we have joined with the Councilman and will continue to do so for the years ahead. St. Michael’s is dedicated to serving our community, as is the Councilman,” said Ed Horn, Director of St. Michael’s Cemetery.

“Quontic Bank is honored to participate once again with Council Member Constantinides to support the children of our community. Investing in our community and our children is what community banking is all about. We strongly feel that providing the necessary tools for our children to have positive learning environment is investing in the betterment of their future,” said Michael Serao, Vice President of Quontic Bank.

“We are happy to join Councilman Constantinides and thank him for hosting this much needed drive. As an organization that has worked with hundreds of children from Astoria over the past several years, we know all too well that many kids need our support,” said Jose Rivero, Chairman of the Elmezzi Foundation.

“The 9 H.U.G.S. Organization is honored to support Councilman Constantinides in his great effort to provide children in need with school supplies for the new year. We are thankful for our supporters that made it all possible by following our vision in Helping Us Give & Share to achieve our common goal. We stand by the Councilman and his devotion as we share the same ambition for a better tomorrow in our community,” said Lu Argyris, Founder/President of 9 H.U.G.S.

Council Member Constantinides hosted a successful school supply drive with local organizations in 2014.

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