Andrew is proud to call southern Brooklyn his home. He started his work in public service as an aide to former City Councilman Vincent Gentile, helping neighbors solve everyday quality of life problems. After Superstorm Sandy, Andrew co-founded Bay Ridge Cares, an organization that prepared 25,000 hot meals for victims after the storm and today supports those facing extraordinary need by providing them with emergency assistance. As a member of the Riders Alliance, he organized and formed the “Concerned R Train Riders” to fight for better service and demand handicapped accessible subway stations in southern Brooklyn. Andrew helped write and pass legislation to combat dangerous home conversions, and he continues to work towards helping those who are displaced from unsafe living conditions. His work with Bay Ridge Advocates for Keeping Everyone Safe (B.R.A.K.E.S.) successfully pressured Albany lawmakers to allow speed cameras in school zones. And because he believes in the importance of art and culture in our neighborhoods, he served as pro bono legal counsel for the Bay Ridge Storefront Art Walk (S.A.W.) and as past president of the Bay Ridge Historical Society.
Born and raised in Bay Ridge, Andrew graduated from Fort Hamilton High School before going on to earn his degrees from Hunter College and the George Washington University Law School. Currently, he serves as Counsel to Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and as a trustee of the New York City Employees’ Retirement System, one of the largest municipal pension funds in the country. Before serving at Borough Hall, he worked for Citizens Committee for New York City, a non-profit that provides neighborhood improvements grants to community groups across the five boroughs. He served on Community Board 10 and is a longtime member of the Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church in Bay Ridge.
As an attorney and community advocate, Andrew knows that nothing good ever gets done alone. It takes a community willing to unite, organize, and stand together to fight for what our neighborhoods need to be strong, thriving places to live. Andrew knows this, because that’s what he’s spent his life doing right here in southern Brooklyn. In that time, he’s also seen how progress can be stalled by cynical, out-of-touch politicians who care more about pleasing big donors rather than serving their constituents. We need leaders who will fight against the corruption that is Albany politics, not be a part of the status quo. That’s who Andrew is.