Environmental Committee Chair Council Member Costa Constantinides Endorses Comptroller Scott Stringer For Mayor

For Immediate Release

November 20, 2020



Astoria – Today, Council Member Costa Constantinides, the Chair of the City Council Committee on Environmental Protection endorsed Comptroller Scott Stringer for Mayor of New York. Council Member Constantinides, who has championed nation-leading climate change reforms in the City Council to reduce carbon emissions, including the Climate Mobilization Act, touted Comptroller Stringer’s strongly progressive environmental record. Council Member Constantinides will also serve as a senior climate change adviser to Comptroller Stringer’s campaign and help formulate the Comptroller’s environmental policy agenda.

Council Member Costa Constantinides said: “Scott Stringer is an environmental champion who has worked tirelessly to put New York City on a pathway to a more sustainable future. From leading the nation’s first and largest divestment from fossil fuels to standing up against fracked gas pipelines that degrade our communities, Scott Stringer has put environmental justice and climate at the very center of his work. As Mayor, he will put a stop to new fossil fuel infrastructure and will push the envelope on crucial policies and projects that will protect environmental justice communities, slash emissions, and create a greener City. We need Scott Stringer’s climate leadership and vision at City Hall, and I’m proud to endorse him for mayor.”

Comptroller Scott Stringer said: “Council Member Constantinides is a true environmental leader who understands the bold strategies we need to preserve a sustainable future for all of our children. His work in the City Council has transformed our City’s approach to fighting climate change and created a new model of urban sustainability that the entire world can follow. I’m proud to have his endorsement, and I’m thrilled to have his guidance and expertise to lead a climate revolution in New York City.”

Comptroller Stringer has a long history fighting for progressive environmental and climate change solutions, including:

Leading the ban on fracking: Comptroller Stringer was an early leader in the fight against fracking and in the campaign to implement a statewide ban on fracking to protect New York’s waterways and environmental character.

Launching the first-in-the-nation divestment from fossil fuels: Comptroller Stringer initiated the nation’s largest divestment from fossil fuels. Having previously divested from coal, the $228 billion pension fund is now working towards responsible options to divest billions of dollars in investments in polluting fossil fuel companies

Fighting back against the Fossil Fuel Infrastructure: Comptroller Stringer was among the first elected officials to fight back against the Williams Pipeline and continues to adamantly oppose the construction of the North Brooklyn pipeline. The Comptroller has called for a moratorium on the expansion of fossil fuel infrastructure.

Opposing Peaker Plants: Comptroller Stringer continues to fight peaker plant installations in Astoria and Gowanus, and he’s called for a strategy to retire polluting peaker plants across the City, pushing the city to be on the vanguard of battery technology.

Championing Resiliency: Comptroller Stringer has offered a comprehensive proposal to make all 520 miles of New York City’s shoreline more resilient to future super storms and proposed recommendations around expediting resiliency investment, preparing homes and businesses to withstand the next storm, and helping homeowners weather increases in flood insurance rates.

Expanding Green Roofs: Comptroller Stringer helped lead the passage of a law that tripled the City’s green roof tax credit and targeted its benefits to areas without green space to advance environmental justice.

Pushing Green Investments: As Comptroller, Scott Stringer continues to work towards a goal of doubling the pension funds’ investments in climate solutions like green energy, pollution prevention, and sustainable infrastructure.

Engaging in Corporate Activism: Comptroller Stringer won major victories in the corporate boardroom, including pushing JPMorgan to drop Lee Raymond, a climate science denier and former Exxon CEO from a leadership position on its board. The Comptroller pushed utilities to commit to net zero emission goals and pressured insurance companies to cut ties with the coal industry.

Advocating Sustainable Transit: Comptroller Stringer has aggressively advocated for improved transit service to get New Yorkers out of cars as well as proposing a new vision for urban highways, such as the BQE, which would reduce traffic and create new parkland.

Proposing Green & Blue Bonds: Comptroller Stringer advanced an agenda to offer green bonds which can drive the greening of the City’s capital program and introduced the concept of blue bonds which can help fund resiliency measures.

Rooting out Lead Poisoning: Comptroller Stringer issued a damning investigation into systemic failures of City government to protect children against lead exposure and forced the City into inspecting tens of thousands homes for potential lead hazards. 

Standing up for Wetlands: Comptroller Stringer has fought to preserve wetlands and create naturally resilient shorelines including having fought for the preservation of the Graniteville wetlands, which sheltered a low income area in Staten Island from the worst of Sandy and has advocated for the return of New York City’s coastline to naturally resilient spaces.

Council Member Constantinides’ endorsement follows support for the Stringer campaign from prominent leaders who represent the vanguard of New York City’s progressive movement, including:

  • Congressmember Adriano Espaillat (D-Bronx & Manhattan)
  • Congressmember-Elect Jamaal Bowman (D-Bronx)
  • Sen. Alessandra Biaggi (D-Bronx)
  • Sen. Robert Jackson (D-Manhattan)
  • Sen. Brian Kavanagh (D-Brooklyn & Manhattan)
  • Sen. Jessica Ramos (D-Queens)
  • Sen. Julia Salazar (D-Brooklyn)
  • Assemblymember Robert Carroll (D-Brooklyn)
  • Assemblymember Catalina Cruz (D-Queens)
  • Assemblymember Maritza Davila (D-Brooklyn)
  • Assemblymember Yuh-Line Niou (D-Manhattan)
  • Assemblymember Carmen De La Rosa (D-Manhattan)
  • Assemblymember Linda Rosenthal (D-Manhattan)
  • Assemblymember Al Taylor (D-Manhattan)
  • Assemblymember-Elect Amanda Septimo (D-Bronx)
  • Council Member Diana Ayala (D-Bronx & Manhattan)
  • Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Queens)
  • Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU)

Scott Stringer grew up in Washington Heights in the 1970s. He attended P.S. 152 on Nagle Avenue and I.S. 52 on Academy Street. He graduated from John F. Kennedy High School in Marble Hill and John Jay College of Criminal Justice in Manhattan, a CUNY school.

Stringer was elected City Comptroller in 2013. Prior to serving as Comptroller, he was Manhattan Borough President from 2006 to 2013 and represented the Upper West Side in the New York State Assembly from 1993 to 2005. He and his wife, Elyse Buxbaum, live in Manhattan with their two children, Max and Miles.

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