Candidates Talk Plans for District 22

Staff Writer

With the General Election less than a month away, Green party candidate Lynne Serpe unveiled the 22 ideas she has for term-limited Councilman Peter Vallone Jr.’s (D-Astoria) seat, on Oct. 3 at Ditmars Avenue and 31st Street.

From Oct. 4 until Oct. 25, Serpe will highlight one idea per day on her campaign website, through which she wants her supporters to vote on for those ideas.

Serpe’s ideas for Council District 22 include a multipurpose 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 and more.

The Democratic nominee for District 22, Costa Constantinides, who won the primary with 55 percent of the votes,
recently unveiled two five-point plans, one to clean the streets of Astoria and one that details ways to better equip  Astoria’s schools.

“For the past several months, I have campaigned on making our community clean and litter-free, expanding green
space and reducing traffic congestion,” Constantinides said. “I am glad that Lynne agrees with me on the issues most important to our community.”

The Independent candidate Danielle De Stefano, an avid volunteer and head volleyball coach at Monsignor McClancy High School, said, “Our campaign is focusing on public safety, clean streets, expanding senior housing and outreach programs, increasing after school programs and protecting small businesses.”

De Stefano highlights the lack of resources local precincts face, such as the number of police cars. She wants to see a greater police presence in the community between the hours of 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.

The Republican candidate, Daniel Peterson, former New York Young Republican Club president, was unavailable to comment.

Reach Trisha Sakhuja at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 128,, or @Tsakhuja13.