Today, Councilman Costa Constantinides from District 22 endorsed Sandra Ung for City Council. A champion of environmental causes in the City Council, Councilman Constantinides cited Sandra’s history of advocacy for immigrant communities, seniors and passionate advocacy for New York’s green spaces as reasons for the endorsement.
This endorsement shows a growing consolidation of support behind Sandra in the race to replace term-limited Councilmember Koo. With the endorsements of virtually every labor union and every elected official who has weighed in on the race so far, including those running for Council Speaker, Sandra Ung is now positioned as the only candidate able to build a coalition to pass critical legislation to put New York on the path towards a just recovery.
Costa Constantinides said, “In a time where the most vulnerable New Yorkers have faced hardship and intolerance, having someone like Sandra Ung be their champion on the City Council is critical. Her advocacy for immigrants, survivors of domestic violence, and seniors demonstrate that she can be counted on to fight for them every day. She also understands the threat we face from the climate crisis and will work to make our city greener and more resilient. I’m proud to endorse her for the 20th District.”
Sandra Ung said, “I am humbled by the Councilman’s endorsement of our campaign and look forward to working with him to advocate on issues related to the environment and combating climate change. My district has a large population of immigrant seniors who are especially vulnerable to climate events because they lack air conditioning or access to cooling centers; air pollution continues to affect my district more than other areas in New York City and large parts of my district are in projected flood zones. I will make it a priority of mine to continue the Councilman’s work in advancing legislation for a five borough resiliency plan that protects our communities from future climate events and puts us on the path towards good, green jobs for immigrant communities.”
Sandra further added her fervent desire to protect New York’s green spaces, and to continue Councilman Koo’s legacy of bringing more funding to the parks of Flushing and Fresh Meadows.
Sandra Ung also announced her support for the Eastern Queens Greenway, which would provide funding to improve and maintain connections between the parks of Flushing, including Cunningham Park, Kissena Park, Kissena Corridor Park and Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Sandra will prioritize making this a community-focused project, and said she is seeking to increase accessibility for seniors and families by placing more seating along paths, repairing paths with potholes to improve walkability and bikeability and increasing garbage pickups in local parks.
Costa’s endorsement comes after Sandra already received the endorsements of Congresswoman Grace Meng, State Senator Toby Stavisky, State Assemblywoman Catalina Cruz and Councilwoman Carlina Rivera. She also had an impressive campaign finance filing, with a higher funding balance than any campaign in her district.