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Podcast: Costa Constantinides and His Run to Be Queens Borough President

June 1, 2020 Staff Report

Council Member Costa Constantinides, who represents Astoria and East Elmhurst, is running to be the next Queens Borough President.

We spoke to Constantinides early last week, before the national outrage following the death of George Floyd took hold. The focus of the discussion was largely about the looming budget problems New York City faces and what that will mean for the next borough president.

Constantinides is one of several candidates in the race. The other candidates are Elizabeth Crowley, Anthony Miranda, Donovan Richards and Dao Yin.

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Pat Macnamara

What is the infatuation with this guy? What has he accomplished? A dog run? Wasteful spending to upgrade a park? Pre pandemic Steinway street was a ghost town, empty storefronts, homeless and garbage everywhere. He wants renewable energy? Infrastructure? he can even get garbage cans put on most of the street corners of Astoria.

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Pat Macnamaracist did you read the article?

This is about a podcast. Your grandson can tell you what those are.

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Anonymous

This city is descending into chaos thanks to “leadership” like Costas, he votes to release criminals back on the street, who went back to rob, rape and assault! Costa and his bosses clown diBlasio and hater Corey Johnson gives money to criminals and undocumented invaders, our businesses are looted, city burning!!! Law abiding citizens attacked. Who will he tax then? “Activists” and Antifa protesters who keep getting handouts, have time to go riot, loot and assault people while we keep working trying to stay afloat. The rich can leave anytime. Current city administration created a zoo encouraging criminals to keep doing what they do best. Regular law abiding people don’t feel safe anymore and will keep leaving the city, it’s going to get even worse if we keep extremists like Costa in the office.

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Nice work!

* Antifa
* Corey Johnson
* Costa
* Costas
* criminals back on the street
* diBlasio [sic]
* handouts
* undocumented invaders

Wow, you almost rehashed every trite rant that maga people love! It’s like Boomer Bingo!

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Not my president

Unbelievable what council is pushing for during these unprecedented times – building jails in residential neighborhoods and keep waisting more billions of our money and cutting summer programs for kids!!!

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Larry Penner

Did you know that Edgar Nathan was the last GOP Queens borough president who served from 1942 – 1945. Nat Hentel was the last GOP District Attorney in 1970.

The most recent voter enrollment figures speak volumes. Within Queens, as of February 21, 2020 there are 766,213 Democrats, 126,690 Republican, 5,178 Conservative, 1,832 Green, 3,165 Working Family, 26,223 Independence, 667 Libertarian, 21 Serve America Movement, 1,191 Other and 253,718 No Party Affiliation for a total of 1,184.884 active registered voters.

Voters continue to have to look elsewhere for alternatives to the Queens County Democratic Party machine monopoly. NYC Council member elect Bob Holden was elected on the GOP ballot line, but maintained his Democratic Party enrollment and caucusing with the Democrats. As a result, only term limited GOP Council member Robert Ulrich may be the last of his kind. The remaining Queens Republicans may go the same way of an old fashion street corner telephone booth into extinction.

Larry Penner
Municipal Political Historian.

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