Candidates Seek To Replace Vallone
Five candidates are vying to take over for term-limited Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) in Astoria.
Former deputy chief of staff for Councilman James Gennaro (D-Fresh Meadows), Democrat Costa Constantinides has assisted on key legislations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, to protect wetlands and to improve the quality of drinking water.
His number one priority if elected is to expand and improve healthcare for Astoria by adding small community health clinics in the district. Other priorities on Constantinides’ list of to-do’s if elected is adding more police officers and firefighters to the public service taskforce.
Daniel Peterson, former president of the New York Young Republicans Club, grew up in a middle-class home in Douglaston and has experience in various fields, most recently in the real estate market.
If elected as Councilman, he said his priorities include meeting with community leaders and civic organizations to learn about the most important issues facing their communities and understanding the development projects in the area.
Peterson said he wants to review every City-run agency to find ways to cut spending and then use the additional revenue to generate money into the education system by renovating old buildings and constructing new ones.
He said he agrees with Vallone creating the 114th Precinct’s Block Watch Program, which he is currently a part of.
Peterson wants to expand the program throughout the district and engage the community.
Green Party candidate Lynne Serpe is running for City Council for the second time, gaining 24 percent of the vote last time. Some of her ideas include a community center, as part of the proposed Hallets Point and Astoria Cove developments near Astoria Houses, seven-day library service, a dog run, a Greenest Block competition, improved public transportation and bike racks on buses, an investment in local jobs and small businesses.
Also on the ballot are Conservative Party candidate Danielle De Stefano and Populist candidate Jerry Kahn.
– Trisha Sakhuja