Born in Staten Island to Greek immigrants, Maragos calls himself a “life-long New Yorker.” Currently a resident of Long Island City, he loves the area because of its “diverse culture, beautiful waterfront presence, mass transit, and proximity to Manhattan.”
According to Maragos, a major issue for the district, which covers Woodside, Sunnyside, Long Island City, Astoria, and Maspeth, is to create jobs and help small businesses.
“While I was out campaigning, many people would come up to me and say that they simply need a job. Therefore creating jobs is my first priority,” said Maragos.
Similarly, his observations of the numerous vacant storefronts in the area alerted him to the need for a revitalization in small business. Maragos plans on using a tax incentive similar to the one in lower Manhattan, as well as giving rent rebates and interest-free or low-interest loans to existing small businesses.
His background at Cooper Union studying engineering followed by a job as a financial analyst for Credit Suisse allowed Maragos to develop “creative and diverse problem-solving techniques,” which he has used to tackle several issues throughout his campaign.
Maragos promises to be an engaged elected official. “Most candidates are practicing lawyers, I plan on being a full-time representative if elected - an area this diverse and dynamic requires a full-time commitment. The area is too often under-served and underrepresented.”
With his campaign centered around the idea of a “new kind of leadership,” Maragos believes that this election is especially vital because “it comes down to a decision between politics and service. City government is about quality of life. I want people to know that I am here for them.”