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Man with the plan wins District 22 seat

After dozens of endorsements, Constantinides to be councilman

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Posted: Thursday, November 7, 2013 10:30 am | Updated: 11:33 am, Thu Nov 14, 2013.

For the first time since 1974, a member of the Vallone family will not hold the District 22 seat as Councilman-Elect Costa Constantinides won handily against his opponents last night.

“The voters have spoken,” he said. “I feel very humbled about the weight of what this means and the faith the people of this district have put in me.”

Constantinides partied it up with his wife, 4-year-old son, friends and supporters at Raven’s Head Public House in Astoria.

Longtime supporters state Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) and Assembly members Aravella Simotas (D-Astoria) and Michael Den Dekker (D-Jackson Heights) were also in attendance.

Constantinides, a lifelong Astoria resident, won 66 percent of the vote, according to the Board of Elections unofficial report.

Green Party candidate Lynne Serpe came in second followed by Republican Daniel Peterson and Independent Danielle De Stefano.

Throughout his campaign, Constantinides said his experience in politics and having grown up in Astoria give him a unique perspective.

He has served as the Democratic district leader for the 36th Assembly District, Part A, and as legislative director and deputy chief of staff to Councilman James Gennaro (D-Fresh Meadows).

By winning the election, Constantinides is also making history as he claims to be the first Greek American to be elected to the City Council.

“I’m looking forward to representing each and every one of the 160,000 constituents of this district and making sure the government works for them and that they have a voice in City Hall that is going to fight for them every single day,” Constantinides said. “That’s why I decided to run for City Council in the first place.”

Key issues the councilman-elect would like to address when he succeeds Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) in January are improving air quality, reducing traffic, investing in clean and environmentally friendly energy and decreasing class sizes in public schools.

“I’m looking forward to fighting for the people in this district,” Constantinides said to supporters on Tuesday night. “The next step is to go out there and start fighting for them.”

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