April 16, 2018 By Christian Murray
Councilmember Costa Constantinides plans to run for higher office in 2021 and all indications are that it will be for Queens Borough President.
Constantinides held a fundraiser in Astoria last week and the highest donation sought was $3,850. That figure is the maximum allowed for the borough president race and well short of the $4,950 permitted for a citywide office such as mayor or public advocate.
The invitation to the fundraiser reads: “Costa Constantinides A Champion for Queens,” and adds, “I hope I can count on you as we expand upon our legacy and fight for higher office after my current term ends.”
Constantinides is in his final term as a council member and will be forced to vacate his office at the end of 2021. He represents the 22nd District that covers Astoria and parts of Woodside, East Elmhurst and Jackson Heights.
Constantinides would not confirm whether he was running for Queens borough president. However, in a statement, he said: “Through my service on the City Council, I am proud of everything we’ve been able to accomplish for our community including better access to healthcare, new ferry service, and key investments in our public schools. I am committed to fighting for Queens and addressing the challenges that remain throughout the rest of my time in office. I am also eager to explore opportunities to continue to serve the people of Queens and fight for a brighter future.”
Constantinides’ fundraiser comes two months after Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer formed a committee and said he was eyeing a run for the borough president job.
Van Bramer is in his final term and represents Sunnyside, Woodside, Long Island City and a sliver of Astoria.