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I am HALC: Andrew Gounardes

September 21, 2017
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Georgia Logothetis

Nearly six months ago, Andrew Gounardes stood in front of a room full of Brooklyn’s most prominent Greek-Americans and in a passionate speech, called for more action from the Greek-American community on the issue of refugees and immigration.

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New & Improved Bay Ridge Subway Station Still Excludes Disabled New Yorkers

October 14, 2017
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Sarah Amar

Andrew Gounardes, 32, a Bay Ridge resident, said he and others advocated for increased bus service when the Bay Ridge Ave station closed.

“Our petition, surprise, surprise, fell on deaf ears,” he told Gothamist.

“They spent $24 million dollars on a cosmetic renovation for the station. It’s nice, but USB chargers and leaning benches don’t do anything if you’re in a wheelchair and you can’t get into the station in the first place.

Gounardes called the MTA's inaction "inexcusable, and inexplicable, and flat out just outrageous."

"This is 2017. We’ve had more than enough time to comply with the ADA, more than enough time to make the investments necessary to make sure that the subways are accessible to everybody."

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Riders like renovated Bay Ridge Ave. subway station, But disability advocates decry lack of elevator

October 17, 2017
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Paula Katina

"Less than a quarter of all subway stations in New York City are accessible for people who use wheelchairs, mobility devices, or are otherwise unable to use stairs, said Andrew Gounardes, a Bay Ridge resident and R-train rider. “This is inexplicable and inexcusable. With all the focus on fixing the subways and making sure the trains run on time, we absolutely must prioritize making the subway system work for everyone."

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MTA to ‘wait and see’ on plea to up bus service after Bay Ridge Avenue station shutdown

May 3, 2017
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Meaghan McGoldrick

Gounardes received the same response.

“The MTA’s wait-and-see approach is just their way of telling Bay Ridge riders that the burden now placed on their commutes is not important enough to justify supplemental transit services,” he told this paper. “R train riders in Bay Ridge pay the same fare as R train riders on Broadway — we are entitled and we deserve the same level of service as any other neighborhood in the city.”

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Gounardes raises more than $9,500 in marathon

November 10, 2016
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Paula Katinas

Bay Ridge runner Andrew Gounardes was a man on a mission when it came to the New York City Marathon on Nov. 6.

Gounardes set two goals: one, to finish the race and two, to use the 26.2-mile run to raise money for St. Basil Academy, a private boarding school for Greek Orthodox children in upstate New York.

He accomplished both of his goals.

Gounardes, who was running in his first marathon that day, completed the five-borough course in 4 hours and 18 minutes. And he also proved to be a successful fundraiser.

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Adams picks Bay Ridge man to be his chief lawyer

February 12, 2014
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Paula Katinas

As counsel to the borough president, Gounardes, who started his new job on Monday, will handle all legal matters for Adams, everything from providing legal analysis to reviewing contracts and licensing agreements. Gounardes is also the head of the borough president’s policy unit, leading a team of four staff members in developing policy initiatives for Adams.

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Bay Ridge Historical Society Has Big Plans for 2014

December 16, 2013
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Paula Katinas

Andrew Gounardes, who has been the society’s president since September, said the group has re-structured its leadership and is making other changes in an effort to excite Bay Ridge residents about the history of their community.

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Op-Ed: Luxury Buildings or Honest Government?

December 11, 2013
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Andrew Gounardes

Currently, the campaign finance system rewards big donors and the politicians they donate to. If we lower the amount of money someone can donate to a campaign, incentivize small-dollar donations through a public matching system, and limit how those campaign dollars are spent, we can break the corruption cycle of wealthy donors buying off politicians and politicians using campaign funds to pay for vacation homes and luxury cars.

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