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Councilman Costa Constantinides launches campaign for Queens borough president


The race for Queens borough president is heating up.

Councilman Costa Constantinides (D-Queens) officially announced his bid for BP on Tuesday, putting climate change and resiliency at the forefront of his campaign.

“Queens is on the front lines of climate change. It puts our home, our lives, and our future at risk. We’ve already experienced the threat of extreme weather, when Sandy destroyed huge parts of our beloved borough,” Constantinides said in a statement. “To protect Queens, the next Borough President must have a plan to protect every neighborhood and strengthen our economy, schools, and infrastructure.”

Constantinides joins Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Queens) in vying for the seat, currently held by Melinda Katz. Assemblywoman Alicia Hyndman (D-Queens) has also filed to run for Queens BP but she hasn’t announced a campaign.

Katz is poised to become the next Queens district attorney after winning the Democratic primary against insurgent progressive Tiffany Cabán.

She’s expected to easily trounce Republican candidate Daniel Kogan in the Nov. 5 general election and would step down as Queens BP to become district attorney, triggering a special election for borough president.

Katz became the Democratic DA nominee after six weeks of recounts and court battles with Cabán’s campaign.

Cabán registered a new campaign committee with the state Board of Elections on Friday, sparking speculation over what office she may be eyeing next. The registration didn’t list what office or seat the committee will be for.

The registration identification indicates the committee was set up so Cabán could run for a local city or county office, including Queens borough president.