Costa Constantinides has represented Western Queens, including his native Astoria, in the New York City Council since 2014. His career has been punctuated by successful efforts to protect the Big Apple against the violent effects of climate change, especially in the last four years as chair of the Committee on Environmental Protection.
Born and raised in Astoria, Costa has spent his entire life in Queens and has fought for a borough that reflects its rich diversity. Whether he’s fighting to close power plants next to public housing, enacting the largest carbon emissions reduction ever mandated by a city, or investing in green spaces, Costa has built a career on developing meaningful policies that improve everyone’s quality of life.
As the next Queens Borough President, he’d build on these efforts to ensure the nearly 2.4 million people who live here aren’t displaced by rising tides or rising rents. He will continue his commitment to sustainable building, boosting the borough’s resiliency, and combating the affordability crisis. Quality senior housing is a key component of that, as Costa is halfway to his vow to create 500 affordable units for seniors in his district by 2021. These investments in turn can yield thousands of new green jobs right here in the borough that keep the middle class alive.
Costa also established his deliverability on these commitments after the New York City Council passed the eight-bill Climate Mobilization Act in April 2019. A single bill in this package mandating large buildings become energy efficient is expected to generate more than 140,000 jobs over the next decade. The package also requires green roofs on new construction, promotes renewable energy within New York City, and begins the process of closing the dirtiest power plants.
In District 22, he has secured more funds every year to keep western Queens beautiful, clean, and graffiti free. Costa has also funded renovations at more than half the parks in his district, including securing the historic $30 million investment in Astoria Park. He’s also funded a hydroponic science lab for every school in his district as part of his Science 2050 initiative, and created a coalition to fund solar panels on six schools by the end of 2020.
Costa is a product of the New York City school system, having graduated from P.S. 84, P.S. 122, and William Cullen Bryant High School. He worked full-time as a KB Toys managers while putting himself through Queens College and Cardozo Law School. Costa still lives in Astoria today with his wife and son.