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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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Leslie Gevirtz

Thank you for doing this. It’s a good way and almost only way I have seen that I get a sense of the candidate.

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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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