Nov. 6, 2013 By Christian Murray
For the first time since 1974, Astoria’s council member won’t be a Vallone.
Last night, Costa Constantinides won the open 22nd District seat, taking more than 65 percent of the vote. The Democrat’s victory came as little surprise since he had a significant fundraising advantage and a litany of endorsements—from Gov. Andrew Cuomo to organized labor.
Constantinides, who was born and raised in Astoria, won the seat beating the Green Party candidate Lynn Serpe, who garnered 15% of the vote, and Daniel Peterson, a Republican, with 11.2 percent.
Constantinides takes over from Peter Vallone, Jr., who has represented the 22nd District for the past 12 years. Vallone’s father (Peter Vallone Sr.) represented the district from 1974 to 2001.
The District 22 council seat covers Astoria and sections of Long Island City.