Costa Constantinides is the Council member for the 22nd District of the New York City Council. He is a Democrat. The district includes Astoria, East Elmhurst, part of Long Island City, Rikers Island and part of Woodside in Queens.
Constantinides was born and raised in Astoria, Queens, where he still resides today. He attended local public schools P.S. 84 and P.S. 122, Constantinides graduated Cum Laude from CUNY Queens College with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and History, and received his Juris Doctor degree from the Benjamin Cardozo School of Law. He was admitted to the New York State Bar as an attorney in 2014. Previously, Constantinides served as Deputy Chief of Staff to New York City Council Member James F. Gennaro of District 24. Constantinides is the first Greek-Cypriot American to hold elected office.
In 2013 Councilman Peter Vallone, Jr. was barred from running for another term due to term limits, Constantinides won the Democratic primary to succeed him, and easily won the general election later that year to take the seat..