It’s been an open secret that the councilman from Astoria plans to join long list of candidates interested in the post should the current borough president, Melinda Katz, succeed in winning the district attorney job last this year.
On Tuesday morning, he officially launched his campaign.
Katz won a hotly contested primary challenge from Tiffany Caban after a long recount, but will have to get by challenger Joe Murray in the general election. Murray, a lifelong Democrat, was tapped by the Queens County GOP to run on their line. Most believe Katz will prevail.
And a victory would pave the way for a nonpartisan special election, likely in February. Other names in addition to Constantinides being bandied about for the post include fellow council members Donovan Richards, Jimmy Van Bramer, Eric Ulrich and Paul Vallone, former councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley, and assembly members Ron Kim and Alicia Hyndman.
Caban made some news on social media last week when someone discovered that she opened a new campaign account with the state on Friday, setting up the possibility of raising money for a run at a statewide office or even Congress. Supporters were naturally excited.
And while this is old news by now, we have failed to mention up to this point that a familiar face in northeast Queens is looking to get back in the public eye. Former councilman and state senator Tony Avella has been keeping a low profile since he lost a primary challenge to State Senator John Liu, but he recently opened a campaign account of his own with the city.
Word is that Avella wants his old job back at the City Council. The current councilman, Paul Vallone, will be term-limited out of office next year. He is already planning his next move (see above).
Time to set the record straight! Last week, we wrote in this column that Elizabeth Crowley, according to published reports, would seek the support of the Democratic Socialists of America in her upcoming bid for borough president. She reached out to let us know that that was false, and she would not be seeking their backing.