First City Councilmember to endorse anti-IDC challenger this year

Queens City Councilmember Costa Constantinides this Tuesday endorsed Jessica Ramos in her bid for 13th District State Senate seat, calling her a candidate who reflects the values of the Democratic Party rather than someone who sides with the State Senate Republicans. Councilmember Constantinides, who previously endorsed Jose Peralta before he joined the Independent Democratic Conference, cited Ramos’ tirelessly advocacy for working families, immigrants, and women, as well as her commitment to funding public schools and fixing the MTA. Councilmember Constantinides oversees Astoria and part of Long Island City, Woodside, East Elmhurst, and Jackson Heights.
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“We need a real Democrat representing Queens in Albany and Jessica Ramos is the candidate for the job. We need someone who rides the trains, who sends their kids to public schools, and who understands the challenges of renting in New York City. I know Jessica has the passion, the knowledge, and the commitment to fight for our community in Albany,” said 22nd District City Council Member Costa Constantinides. “I am proud to endorse Jessica — a candidate who reflects our Democratic values — rather than someone who supports the party of Trump.  I’m honored to stand on the front lines with Jessica and will put all my energy into supporting her campaign and electing her as State Senator this year.”  
“I’m honored to be endorsed by City Councilmember Constantinides, a dedicated public servant, fellow Queens native, and tireless advocate for working families,” said 13th District State Senate candidate Jessica Ramos. “I’m running for State Senate to fight for stronger schools, more affordable housing, and a subway system that actually works. Right now, this district’s State Senator supports a Republican majority in Albany—blocking the DREAM Act, the Reproductive Health Act, and more. It’s time to vote him out. I’m proud to count on the support of my good friend Councilmember Costa Constantinides and look forward to campaigning alongside him as we fight for a true Democratic majority in Albany this year.”
About Jessica Ramos: Jessica Ramos is a Queens native, grassroots activist, and mother of two. A strong labor advocate with deep experience championing union rights, Ramos worked with Build Up NYC to fight for construction, hotel, and maintenance workers in New York City. Ramos has also worked with Social Service Employees Union Local 371 of AFSCME District Council 37 and 32BJ of the Service Employees International Union. Ramos was a member of Queens Community Board 3 and served as a Democratic District Leader from 2010 to 2014. Most recently, Ramos served as Director of Latino Media for New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. Ramos lives in Jackson Heights, Queens, with her husband and two young sons. Ramos does not have a driver’s license—she rides the subway every day.
About Costa Constantinides: Costa Constantinides represents the New York City Council’s 22nd District, which includes his native Astoria along with parts of Jackson Heights, Woodside, and East Elmhurst. He serves as chair of the Council’s Environmental Protection Committee and sits on four additional committees: Parks, Transportation, For-Hire Vehicles, and Land Use, as well as the sub-committee on Zoning and Franchises. Costa Constantinides is a grassroots community organizer, progressive political leader, husband and father who has lived in Astoria his whole life. Prior to joining City Council, Costa also served as the Democratic District Leader for the 36th Assembly District.