Constantinides Gets Our Nod
Oct 29, 2013 | 1683 views | 2 2 comments | 421 421 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A Vallone has represented the 22nd Council District in Queens since 1974, and it's time for a change in leadership. With a growing population of young residents, families and immigrants, we see Costa Constantinides as the right person to solidify Astoria as one of the best neighborhoods in Queens.

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.

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Aaron S
October 30, 2013
The Queens Ledger endoresement is disappointing. The question should not be which candidate is best at "getting things done" but rather which candidate will best represent the interests and concerns of ALL of us in western Queens. Vallone Jr. also was good at "getting things done"...just not things that were good for the majority of Astorians. Lynne Serpe is the first time in a LONG time (i.e., 39 years!) that we have a chance to be represented by someone who listens to everyone in Astoria and who is interested first and foremost in bettering the community rather than climbing the political ladder. I trust Lynne over all the other candidates to put our interests first, and to fight for them with all she has.
Daniel Lee
October 30, 2013
Just to clarify for your readers, Lynne Serpe actually has years of experience drafting voting system reform legislation, lobbying elected officials and passing reforms at the ballot via referendum. She also worked for the New Zealand Parliament for almost two years, serving constituents, drafting legislation and more. I don't see Lynne as an "administrator" who sits in an office and tells people what to do, but as a roll-up-her-sleeves and get-stuff-done kind of organizer who has a track record of working for the community, in government and across party lines. More information can be found at