While the race is crowded with dedicated candidates who genuinely care about Astoria, it is Constantinides’ track record and experience at getting things done for the neighborhood that makes him the most qualified leader.
He displayed quality community activism as the Democratic district leader of the 36th Assembly District since he was elected in 2009. His knowledge of the public sector is another essential benefit he will bring to the office, given his service as deputy chief of staff for Councilman James Gennaro.
Green Party candidate Lynne Serpe has sparked a great deal of interest from our editorial staff over the last few months. She has shown her commitment to bettering Astoria and her willingness to work with community members on a grassroots level.
In her “22 Ideas for District 22” she highlighted problems facing the neighborhood that she gathered from knocking on doors. She is savvy, smart and has some solid support for her green ideas to make Astoria a better place to live. But she lacks the experience as an administrator that gives Constantinides an edge in the race.
Daniel Peterson, the Republican candidate in the race, has made an argument that he would be an alternative to the Queens Democratic machine and give Astoria residents a fresh change. He wants to downsize the bureaucracy at City Hall.
But in the end, even Democrat Peter Vallone, Jr. had a lot of conservative leanings, so we're not sure how much of a change Peterson would be from that.
In the end, Constantinides has worked with Astoria principals to better schools, helped draft legislation to clean up streets, and has rallied for numerous causes.
With his experience, he will hit the ground running at City Hall. Something Astoria really needs. We see Constantinides as the new face of Astoria in the City Council. He is the right candidate for the job.