Dec. 18, 2020 By Christian Murray
Several candidates are running next year for the 22nd District Council seat currently held by Costa Constantinides.
In our latest Podcast, we talk to Tiffany Cabán about why she is vying for the seat and her platform.
She talks about the need to defund and disband the NYPD, and explains why Rikers Island should be shut down, without the construction of new jails. She discusses the need to raise taxes on wealthy New Yorkers and why the city council should get rid of member deference in the rezoning process. Additionally, she calls for the desegregation of New York City’s public schools.
Cabán — an Astoria resident who narrowly lost to Melinda Katz in the 2019 primary for Queens District Attorney—has already racked up the endorsements of several progressives including State Senators Jessica Ramos and Michael Gianaris, as well as Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer. She has also been endorsed by the Democratic Socialists of America.
Constantinides is required to step down from office at the end of next year due to term limits. The seat covers Astoria as well as sections of East Elmhurst, Woodside and Jackson Heights.
Cabán will be running against Astoria resident and Community Board 1 member Evie Hantzopoulos as well as Leonardo Bullaro, Nicholas Velkov, Edwin DeJesus and Felicia Kalan. Kalan is running as a Republican.
The winner will take office in January 2022. For more information on Cabán campaign, click here