The Council of the City of New York
Office of Council Member Costa Constantinides
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For Immediate Release
February 3, 2017
Contact: Shachar Sharon

Astoria Leaders Hold Rally in Support of Muslim Community

Astoria, N.Y. – Elected officials, community leaders, and hundreds of members of the public gathered today to rally in support of the large Muslim-American community in Astoria and throughout the U.S. The rally was held in response to the executive order banning travel from several Muslim-majority countries.

Speakers at the rally included Council Member Costa Constantinides, Congress Member Carolyn Maloney, Public Advocate Letitia James, State Senator Michael Gianaris, Assembly Member Aravella Simotas, Assembly Member Ron Kim, Muslim American Society of Queens, Ansob Center for Refugees, Council on American-Islamic Relations – NY Chapter, Muslim Democratic Club of New York, and others.

The elected officials joined the community leaders and pledged to fight for justice and equality for all New Yorkers. Immigration and refugee assistance groups provided information about resources available to families who may be affected by the executive order. The rally goers agreed that Muslim-Americans and immigrants are a core part of Astoria’s history and community and an integral part of achieving the American Dream.

Council Member Costa Constantinides said, “We thank everyone who rallied with us to reaffirm our support of the Muslim community. Following the abhorrent executive order banning travel from several Muslim-majority countries, we must join together to fight for justice and equality for all New Yorkers. Muslim-Americans and Muslim immigrants are a core part of Astoria’s history and community. Our nation was founded by immigrants and immigration continues to be an integral part of achieving the American Dream. I thank my colleagues in government and community leaders for their partnership on this rally.”

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 committees: Civil Service & Labor, Contracts, Cultural Affairs, Oversight & Investigations, Sanitation, and Transportation. For more information, visit council.nyc.gov/costa.

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