Ousting Sen. Golden a Priority

November 1, 2018 - Michael Murphy

The need to defeat Brooklyn state Sen. Martin Golden on Election Day is crystal clear to Zachary Lombardi, a teacher at PS 200 in Golden’s district. “He doesn’t share the values of our community,” Lombardi said.

Vote for Real Change in Albany

October 26, 2018 - The News York Times Editorial Board

Mr. Gounardes would help end the obstruction to reform in Albany and would provide fresh energy in a stultified Senate.

News Closeup: New York State Senate Race

October 26, 2018 - PIX11 News

We hear from incumbent Sen. Martin Golden and his Democratic challenger, Andrew Gounardes on the issues facing New Yorkers, and why each one feels voters should send them to Albany on election day.

State Senate Debate: Andrew Gounardes vs Marty Golden

October 25, 2017 - Inside City Hall New York City

In a race that could determine the balance of power in the state Senate, Josh Robin moderated a debate between Democratic challenger Andrew Gounardes and Republican incumbent Marty Golden, in a rematch for Brooklyn's 22nd district.

Gounardes Touts Progressive Policy Platform in Race Against Golden

October 25, 2018 - Julianne McShane

Voters must oust eight-term incumbent state Sen. Marty Golden (R–Bay Ridge) on Nov. 6 because his policies do not reflect the values of his constituents, according to Golden’s Democratic challenger, Andrew Gounardes, who made his inaugural appearance on the Brooklyn Paper Radio Show on Oct. 19.

For Gounardes and a Dem Senate: South Brooklyn Should Vote Out Marty Golden

October 24, 2018 - Daily News Editorial Board

Under Republican control, the state Senate consistently delivers shabby treatment to New York City. It's time for that to change — and it can begin to in Southern Brooklyn, where 16-year Republican incumbent state Sen. Marty Golden is being challenged by Andrew Gounardes. We endorse Gounardes, a shrewd, energetic Democrat, over a legislator who has worn out his welcome in Albany.

搶選票 郭納德籲布碌崙增設特殊高中

October 24, 2018 - The World Journal

第22選區州參議員民主黨候選人郭納德(Andrew Gounardes)23日正式提議,在布碌崙( 布鲁克林)修建一所全新的特殊高中,以滿足不斷增長的需求,緩解布碌崙南區學校過度擁擠問題。

N.Y. State Sen. Marty Golden says debate on birth certificate third gender option is like 'dealing with a Martian from Mars'

October 24, 2018 - Kenneth Lovett

Brooklyn GOP state Sen. Marty Golden spaced out Tuesday night listening to his Democratic challenger back a new city law adding a third gender option on birth certificates.

Gounardes, Golden Clash Over Charter & Private Schools

October 23, 2018 - Kings County Politics

State Sen. Marty Golden (R) and his Democratic opponent Andrew Gounardes in the upcoming 22nd State Senate District race clashed over the lifting of a cap for charter schools when KCP asked the two candidates about the issue.

Andrew Gounardes on the Arts: “A Lot of Candidates Don’t Talk About This Because They Don’t Understand”

October 23, 2018 - Hey Ridge

Andrew Gounardes is the Democratic state senate candidate for District 22, encompassing Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights and beyond, stretching all the way to Marine Park, Gerritsen Beach and Manhattan Beach. Recently, local artist and arts advocate John Avelluto sat down with Gounardes to discuss the candidate’s Arts platform.

Meet The Democrat Trying To End GOP State Senator Marty Golden's 16-Year Reign In Brooklyn

October 22, 2018 - Sam Adler-Bell

Andrew Gounardes is on the phone, giving one word answers to a series of questions I can’t hear—yes, no, somewhat. I’m sitting next to him in the back seat of his press officer Evan Weinberg’s Audi SUV. We’re traveling east across New York State Senate District 22, from Bay Ridge toward Dyker Heights, for a press conference. Gounardes, a lawyer, Democratic Party activist, and Bay Ridge native, is running to turn the district blue for the first time since 2003.

Gounardes Releases Platform Supporting Arts & Literacy

August 28, 2018 - Kings County Politics

Democratic State Senate candidate Andrew Gounardes yesterday released a platform aimed at supporting the arts and literacy, including the promotion of local artists and cultural groups. Gounardes is running against Ross Barkan in the Democratic primary for the 22nd Senate District covering the neighborhoods of Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, Bensonhurst, Marine Park, Gerritsen Beach, Gravesend and parts of Sheepshead Bay, Borough Park and Midwood.

Democrat Looking to Unseat Marty Golden Demands Anti-Corruption Reform

August 9, 2018 - Rich Calder

The Democrat trying to unseat longtime Brooklyn state Sen. Marty Golden said Thursday that one of the “anti-corruption” reforms required in Albany is barring lawmakers from spending campaign funds at a family business. Golden has showered Bay Ridge Manor, a family-owned catering hall, with $776,643 from his campaign since at least 2001, records show.

Gounardes Economic Plan Aims to Help Working Class

August 7, 2018 - RJ Sonbeek

State Senate Democratic candidate Andrew Gournardes released his economic platform Monday which aims to provide steps to improve the economy and allow equal chances at economic advancement for all New Yorkers.

No Summer Slump in Bay Ridge State Senate Race

July 31st, 2018 - Paula Katinas

The dog days of summer are forcing the incumbent and two challengers in the Bay Ridge State Senate race to work doggedly to win over voters.

Republican state Sen. Martin Golden and Democrats Ross Barkan and Andrew Gounardes are all busy traveling around the 22nd Senate District, meeting with voters, collecting endorsements and speaking out on issues.

Andrew Gounardes Senate Candidate For NY 22nd District (PODCAST)

July 22nd - Lights at the end of the tunnel

I speak with Senate hopeful Andrew Gounardes regarding issues with the MTA

Young New York State Senate candidates see opportunity after Ocasio-Cortez win

July 17 - Nicole Brown

Several young Democratic candidates for the New York State Senate hope the surprise Congressional primary win by 28-year-old Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is a sign of a new progressive wave.

From Bay Ridge to Staten Island – Stop The Hate On Bus S53

July 16 - Zainab Iqbal

Elected officials and community activists gathered on 87th Street yesterday to ride a bus in response to the viral video of a woman shouting hateful remarks to a Muslim lady on an S53 bus traveling to Staten Island on July 11.

ANDREW GOUNARDES ON GUNS AND SIMCHA FELDER

July 16 - Zainab Iqbal

Moms Demand Action believes Andrew Gounardes, who is running for the State Senate seat currently occupied by Marty Golden, is a Gun Sense Candidate of Distinction for his position on gun safety.

SD-22: GOUNARDES RECEIVES A TRIO OF ENDORSEMENTS

June 28 – nystateofpolitics.com

Democratic state Senate candidate Andrew Gounardes on Monday was formally endorsed by the Working Families Party, the labor union SEIU 32BJ and Councilman Mark Treyger.

OCASIO-CORTEZ WIN FUELS DEMOCRATIC HOPES IN BAY RIDGE

June 28 – Paula Katinas

Gounardes called it “an earthquake” and wrote in a fundraising email that “Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez proved what we have been seeing and hearing from voters: political machines are in trouble and communities are hungry for new leaders.” 

纽约布鲁克林民主党律师参选州参议员 郭纳德:政府应为小商业者提供更多帮助

June 19 – sinovision.net
今天下午,纽约州参议员民主党参选人郭纳德,前往布鲁克林贝瑞吉巡访,同一些小商业者展开沟通。郭纳德呼吁,州政府有必要在税务和银行贷款上,为小商业者提供更多辅助﹐来看报道。

BARKAN, GOUNARDES PICK UP ENDORSEMENTS, STRESS MOMENTUM

June 14  – RJ Sonbeek

As the primary approaches for the 22nd State Senate district, both Democratic candidates are racking up endorsements while trying to build momentum for their respective campaigns.

ANDREW GOUNARDES, WHO IS RUNNING FOR STATE SENATE, TELLS PIX11 THESE CAMERAS ARE EFFECTIVE

May 16, 2018 –  Kirstin Cole

Cameras reduce speeding by nearly 61 percent, and most people who get caught by a camera, 81 percent, don’t speed again.  So it's really effective in curbing the speed on our streets," Gounardes said.

GOUNARDES GETS FIRST ELECTED OFFICIAL ENDORSEMENT IN RACE

RJ Sonbeek - May 15, 2018

State Senate Candidate Andrew Gounardes picked up a key endorsement from the local Assemblyman yesterday. Gounardes picked up the endorsement from Assemblyman Peter J. Abbate Jr. (D- Borough Park, Bath Beach, Dyker Heights, Bensonhurstett). Abbate is the first elected official to endorse a Democratic candidate in the race.

GOUNARDES' PLAN TO FIGHT FOR PEDESTRIANS & BICYCLISTS

May 11, 2018 – Liena Zagare

BAY RIDGE – Yesterday in response to the latest crash that landed a bicyclist in critical care on Bay Ridge Boulevard, Bay Ridge Council Member Justin Brannan took to Twitter, urging drivers to slow down and blaming DOT for not doing enough to calm intersections near churches, schools and libraries. 

Today Gounardes announced his pedestrian safety plan, that he hopes will help him win the NY Senate seat occupied by Marty Golden, who has a checkered traffic safety record.

STATE SENATE CANDIDATES PATIENT, YET CONFIDENT IN RACE

May 3, 2018  – RJ Sonbeek

Gounardes has announced three different endorsements from political organizations across South Brooklyn. One endorsement he’s received comes from the Central Brooklyn Independent Democrats.

“I’m deeply honored to have CBID’s endorsement,” Gounardes said after a March meeting at the Park Slope Methodist Church. “The Central Brooklyn Independent Democrats are a force for good in Brooklyn. Their support validates the work I’ve been doing to make a difference in our community. I’m excited.”

Asher Novek, the president of CBID, said the club admired Gournardes’ vision for Brooklyn.

“We are proud to work with Andrew in this critical election, which could flip the State Senate back to Democratic control,” said Asher Novek, the club’s president. “He has the right vision for Brooklyn, the right ideas for change, and the right leadership qualities to make it happen. We can’t wait for him to be the next senator from Brooklyn.”

 

BROOKLYN POLITICAL ROUNDUP, APRIL 25: FELDER SAYS COLLEGE ISN’T FOR EVERYONE; YOUNG DEMS ENDORSE GOUNARDES

April 25, 2018  – Paula Katinas & John Alexander

Democrat Andrew Gounardes, locked in a primary race against Ross Barkan for the right to run against Republican state Sen. Marty Golden in Bay Ridge, is boasting that he’s two-for-two in endorsements from political clubs.

On the heels of winning the support of the Central Brooklyn Independent Democrats, Gounardes, a lawyer, has been endorsed by the Brooklyn Young Democrats (BYD), a club made up of politicos between the ages of 16 and 35. That’s a lot of shoe leather that could pound the pavement pulling out the vote for Gounardes on primary day, Sept. 13.

Club President John Wasserman said Gounardes could help Democrats regain control of the State Senate from Republicans. "We want to see the Senate returned to Democratic control. And we believe that Andrew has what it takes to make that a reality. He cares deeply about his community and is exactly the kind of leader Southern Brooklyn should have," Wasserman said.

 

ALLEGED NEO-NAZI TO HEADLINE COUNTY GOP’S SPRING GALA

April 26, 2018  – Julianne Cuba

But Barkan’s competitor, Bay Ridge Democrats member Andrew Gounardes — who lost to Golden in 2012 — blasted the pol for denying his influence in the party and turning a blind eye to the problem.

“Shame on him for ignoring the real issue here. This is not a matter of simply disagreeing with a speaker who holds different views than you,” said Goundares [sic], whose club is hosting a protest at the venue the same night. “Golden’s failure to repudiate Gorka and his anti-Semitic, Islamophobic, neo-Nazi views is a slap in the face of every single person in our community.”

 

二度挑战高顿 郭纳德宣布参选 (图)

April 25, 2018  – Vera Gao

32岁的民主党参选人郭纳德24日在布碌仑八大道特别举行中文媒体记者会,向华人社区传递声音。他强调,公共教育和街道安全他最为关注,同时也是困扰民众已久的两大社区问题,胜选后将致力于解决校园拥挤,并在更多学校周边安装交通监控摄像保护学童出行。

郭纳德就教育方面指出,南布碌仑最严峻的问题之一就是校园极度拥挤,特别是第22参议员选区所属的第20和21学区更名列全市最为拥挤的学区,目前仍面临25亿元的州府拨款短缺。

在交通方面,郭纳德指出,民众不断向他投诉表示,超速驾驶的车辆给行人和耆老造成威胁,目前全市2000多所公校中只有140所安装了街道监控摄像。

 

挑戰高頓州參議員席位 郭納德訪8大道華社

April 25, 2018  – Huang Yiyi

挑戰州參議員高頓(Marty Golden)的民主黨參選人郭納德(Andrew Gounardes),於24日前往布碌崙8大道向華裔民眾介紹自己,並指出高頓在該職位長達十多年的不足,他承諾將針對教育、交通安全以及團結族裔等民眾關注的三大議題作出努力。

 

布鲁克林民主党律师再次参选纽约州参议员 郭纳德:着重关注交通安全和教育

April 24, 2018  – Zhou Yang

曾竞选纽约州第22选区参议员席位的律师郭纳德,决定在今年的选举中再次参选,并有信心拿下民主党候选人资格。今天他表示,参选将着重关注选区民众最关心的议题,包括教育,交通安全和多元化包容性等。[查看详细内容] 分享到微信

 

BAY RIDGE CANDIDATES REACT TO CUOMO GIVING PAROLEES VOTING RIGHTS

April 24, 2018  – RJ Sonbeek

The gulf is wide between State Sen. Marty Golden (R-Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, Bensonhurst, Marine Park, Gerritsen Beach, Gravesend) and the two Democrats – Ross Barkan and Andrew Gounardes – looking to unseat him this year when it comes to Gov. Andrew Cuomo‘s controversial decsion last week to issue an executive order restoring the voting rights of of up to 35,000 convicted felons on parole.

 

民主黨郭納德灣脊挑戰高頓 力爭佔人口25%華裔群眾支持

April 24, 2018  – James Lim

第二度在灣脊區22州參議員選區挑戰現任共和黨議員高頓的民主黨參選人郭納德(Andrew Gounardes),將全力爭取選區內約佔25%的華裔民眾支持。

將教育、行人安全和包容性作為競選政綱的郭納德,昨(24日)在8大道州眾議員華裔助理曲怡文以及中韓競選經理梅雲(Dan Merwin)陪同下會見華裔記者,對第二度挑戰高頓深具信心。

在2012年,當時年僅26歲的郭納德首次挑戰高頓,以43%得票落敗。現年32歲的郭納德是一名律師,目前在布碌崙區長辦事處擔任法律助理,自從宣布參選後已馬不停蹄四處巡訪選民,包括華裔在內。

本身在灣脊區出生長大的郭納德早年讀高中時就在目前已退位的市議員蔣特利辦事處擔任義工,培養了他關心社區的興趣,他抨擊高頓已和群眾脫節,成了州府腐敗政治的一份子,他參選就是立志要改變現狀。

郭納德指出,他參選著重三大選區民眾關心的議題:教育,交通安全以及在該全市其中一個族裔最多元化的選區強調包容性,連任16年的高頓議員對這些問題缺乏關注。

針對教育,他指出,該轄區包括灣脊,戴格高地,賓臣墟,海軍公園等選區內的第20和21學區是全市其中兩個學生最擁擠的教學區,解決這個問題面對很大的挑戰。州政府目前拖欠市府25億元的教育經費,但高頓10餘年來卻未全力爭取。

 

GORKA AND TRUMP JR. TO HEADLINE REPUBLICAN FUNDRAISER AT DYKER BEACH GOLF COURSE

April 23, 2018  – Kadia Goba

Senatorial candidates in the 22nd District voiced vocal opposition. Andrew Gounardes who began denouncing Gorka’s attendance on Twitter this weekend has started a petition in protest. “I condemn Gorka’s inclusion, specifically, in the strongest possible terms,” said Gounardes. “I’m disgusted that Marty Golden and his hand-picked Kings County Republican leaders would bring a neo-Nazi into our community. My district proudly celebrates our beautiful diversity, including our vibrant Muslim community, and Gorka has stoked Islamophobia and hatred of Muslims in this country,” he added.

 

IS THE ‘GOLDEN ERA’ COMING TO AN END?

April 12, 2018  – Bob Capano

Throwing his hat in the ring for a second time, Andrew Gounardes, who received 42 percent of the vote when he ran against Golden in 2012, is the strongest Democratic challenger. Gounardes has raised more than $114,000 according to the last financial filing, is the Brooklyn Borough President’s counsel, has a respected civic record, and is a son of Bay Ridge’s large Greek-American community.


WHY THE ROADBLOCK ON LIFE-SAVING SPEED CAMERAS?

April 11, 2018  – Andrew Gounardes

As a member of the Pedestrian Safety subcommittee of Community Board 10 and an active member of Bay Ridge Advocates for Keeping Everyone Safe (B.R.A.K.E.S.), I’ve long studied this issue and advocated for Senator Golden to change his position. Golden has been hostile to the use of speed cameras since they were first proposed in New York. In 2012, Golden blocked funding in the Senate for a pilot program that would have installed cameras near just 40 city schools. A year later, funding for the first cameras was finally approved, though Golden was able to and chose to limit the program to just 20 schools. Last month, Golden suggested he’d be open to a proposal to double the number of speed cameras in school zones. However, he opposed lifting the restrictions that limit their operation to school days and hours, even though most traffic deaths happen outside of those parameters.

 

VIDEO: THE STATE SENATE, CYNTHIA NIXON AND THE IDC

April 4, 2018  – Jarrett Murphy

But it certainly won’t tie up every election 2018 storyline with a neat bow. Democrat Ross Barkan, whom I interviewed on the BRIC-TV daily news and culture show 112BK that aired today, is still challenging Martin Golden, who is still the Republican incumbent in the 22nd Senate district; Andrew Gounardes is still the other Democrat in the race. And the questions that political journalist Dave Colon asked when we talked on Tuesday are still relevant despite Wednesday’s news: What was the real reason the IDC came to be? What was the cost or gain of its having existed?

 

GOLDEN NIXES TARNISHED STAFFER

March 29, 2018  – Julianne Cuba

Both of Golden’s Democratic challengers, Bay Ridge journalist Ross Barkan and Bay Ridge Democrats member Andrew Gounardes, called Testaverde’s posts disgusting and demanded Golden boot him from his staff immediately —claiming it wasn’t the first time Testaverde sympathized with the neo-Nazis. During the Charlottesville riots last summer, the Golden staffer stood up for the President, who claimed both neo-nazis and their protesters were to blame for the riots, posting on Facebook he was “So proud that Donald Trump is President of the United States always two sides of the story.”

“His comments are beyond disgusting — they are morally reprehensi­ble,” said Gounardes, who also challenged Golden in 2012. “No one who espouses such despicable hatred and idiocy deserves one dime of taxpayer money.”

 

SENATE CANDIDATE PROPOSES TAX PLAN TO BENEFIT SMALL BUSINESSES

March 13, 2018  – Zainab Iqbal

In an effort to improve on Governor Andrew Cuomo’s “Internet Fairness Conformity Tax” proposal, which would make sites like Amazon collect sales tax when facilitating purchases from third-party sellers, Andrew Gounardes, a Democratic candidate running against Senator Marty Golden, is proposing a further tax proposal to benefit small business.

 

Gounardes’ plan would lower the statewide sales tax for items purchased at small businesses, but raise it correspondingly for items bought at larger stores. He believes this will boost small businesses in Brooklyn, many of which are suffering because of large retail stores. But that’s not to say small businesses will suddenly win out over big businesses. According to Gournades, there will merely be more competition among the small, privately owned businesses.

 

COUNCIL’S WOMEN AIM TO MULTIPLY

March 8, 2018  – Julianne Cuba

A Democratic Bay Ridge state Senate candidate is putting the kibosh on rumors that he plans to jump ship to run for what could become a vacant Assembly seat if the disgraced Assemblywoman Pamela Harris (D–Coney Island) steps down from her post.

A handful of local activists are reportedly eyeing Harris’s Ridge-to-Coney seat after the feds charged her with stealing money from city and federal storm-recovery agencies.

Among the eager field are former Republican opponent Lucretia Regina-Potter, who had predicted Harris’s downfall, as well as Coney Island-based professor Mathylde Frontus, according to Kings County Politics, and Andrew Gounardes, a Bay Ridge Democrats member and attorney for Borough President Adams, who already declared his candidacy to oust state Sen. Marty Golden (R–Bay Ridge) and has $299,599 in his war chest.

Brooklyn’s Democratic Party Boss Frank Seddio said the Borough Hall lawyer would make a good candidate to replace Harris, but Gounardes said he only has eyes for Golden’s seat.

“My plans to run for the state senate have not changed,” Gounardes said. “Our neighborhood is ready for change and I’m running to bring that change.”

 

LEGENDARY CONEY ISLAND EATERY CANCELS NRA-LINKED EVENT

March 1, 2018  – Joe Tacopino & Carl Campanile

The decision came after a slew of city politicians criticized the century-old restaurant and the gun group over the April 12 event.

State Senate candidate Andrew Gounardes, who was critical of the decision to hold the event, celebrated the decision.

“This is a more than just a victory for Brooklyn, it’s a victory for common sense. The NRA is totally out of touch with the values of our community,” Gounardes told The Post.

“But, thankfully, Gargiulo’s and the entire Russo family are good neighbors who made the right decision.”

 

GOUNARDES PUSHES GOLDEN FOR GUN CONTROL BILL

February 16, 2018  – Nick Reisman

Democratic state Senate candidate Andrew Gounardes on Friday pushed Republican incumbent Martin Golden to take up a package of gun control measures in the wake of a Florida school shooting earlier this week.

The measures would extend background check times from three days to 10, create a gun violence research institute and block anyone from purchasing a gun who has been convicted of a hate crime.

 

GOUNARDES MEETS VOTERS AND FIELDS QUESTIONS AT THE OWL’S HEAD BAR

February 13, 2018  – Megan McGibney

About 30 people turned up last night at The Owl’s Head Bar in Bay Ridge to meet Andrew Gounardes, who is running to unseat longtime state Senator Martin Golden this year, hear him speak, and answer questions.

 

BAY RIDGE ACTIVISTS BAND TOGETHER TO CALL FOR THE PASSING OF A CLEAN DREAM ACT

February 8, 2018  – Meaghan McGoldrick

“It was incredible to see local residents from Bay Ridge – a neighborhood of immigrants – come together and rally in support of protecting our Dreamers,” said Andrew Gounardes, a Bay Ridge resident and candidate for the Democratic nomination to square off against State Senator Marty Golden in November. “Although the Dream Act is being debated down in Washington, the front lines of the fight to make sure that children raised in this country can stay in this country are right here in our local community. We need a clean Dream Act and we need it now.”

 

GOLDEN FACES BACKLASH AS DEMOCRATIC OPPONENTS HELP MOUNT PROTEST OVER “DIVISIVE” OPIOID COMMENTS

January 29, 2018  – Victoria Merlino

Gounardes said he was “offended” and “kind of shocked” by Golden’s comments, calling them “offensive and divisive,” representing “racist and classist tropes.

“To suggest that some people’s lives are worth saving and not others, really does a disservice to those who need to believe not just that they can get better, but that their lives are worth saving in the first place,” he said.

Gounardes also called for the New York State Senate’s Joint Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction to diversify its membership, as all 31 members are white. Golden is a member of the task force.

 

SUBWAYS, SCHOOLS, AND PROPERTY TAXES ON GOUNARDES' AGENDA

November 30, 2017  – Paula Katinas

Gounardes has served as chief counsel to Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams for four years. Working for Adams has given him the opportunity to see what is going on around Brooklyn, Gounardes said. He has seen neighborhoods all over the borough grow and prosper, he said.

“South Brooklyn is primed for a great renaissance. It has great potential. We need new leadership to take us over that line,” Gounardes said.

 

HOW A 2018 STATE SENATE RACE IN BROOKLYN IS ALREADY TAKING SHAPE

November 22, 2017  – Zack Fink

Although the election is almost a full year away, already the State Senate race in Southern Brooklyn is taking shape.

This week, Attorney Andrew Gounardes announced that he is entering the race to unseat 15-year Republican incumbent Marty Golden. Gounardes already ran once in 2012 and lost to Golden by 15 percentage points.

But this time around, he thinks things will be different.

"I definitely think we will have a big Democratic year. I think we are just going to have people coming out in general who frustrated with how politics have failed them," Gounardes said. "They see corrupt deals, they see shady backroom things happening, they see failed political dysfunction, and people are frustrated regardless of the party."

 

GOUNARDES THROWS HAT IN RING FOR STATE SENATE SEAT

November 21, 2017  – Kadia Goba

Long after rumors circled the political courtyard, Democratic operative Andrew Gounardes finally announced yesterday his candidacy to unseat State Sen. Marty Golden (R-Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, Bensonhurst, Marine Park, Gerritsen Beach, and Gravesend, as well as portions of Sheepshead Bay, Borough Park, Manhattan Beach, Midwood).

“For far too long, politics in our state has valued big-money interests over working-class families, leaving us with underfunded schools, a failing transit system, and worse,” Gounardes said. “Our current senator thrives in this culture of corruption. It’s time we put a stop to that.”

 

GOUNARDES SAYS HE’LL RUN AGAINST GOLDEN FOR STATE SENATE SEAT

November 20, 2017  – Paula Katinas

A Democrat who ran against Republican state Sen. Marty Golden in 2012 and shocked the political establishment by earning more votes than Golden in the incumbent’s backyard in Bay Ridge, announced on Monday that he will run against Golden again in 2018.

Andrew Gounardes, a lawyer and a Bay Ridge civic activist, declared his candidacy for the state senate’s 22nd District in an email to supporters in which he attacked “fraudulent politicians” who he said “have repeatedly failed the people of southern Brooklyn.”

The 22nd State Senate District includes parts of several Southwest Brooklyn neighborhoods, including Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, Bensonhurst, Gravesend, Marine Park and Gerritsen Beach.

 

ANDREW GOUNARDES FOR STATE SENATE, TAKE TWO

November 20, 2017  – Zack Fink

This morning, Andrew Gounardes will send an email to supporters informing them that he intends to run for Senate in the 22nd District representing Southern Brooklyn. This is the seat held by Republican incumbent Martin Golden who was first elected in 2002. Gounardes Challenged Golden back in 2012 and garnered 42% of the vote to Golden’s 57%, losing by slightly more than 10,000 votes. But according to Gounardes, this time around is different because the district has changed.

 

NEW & IMPROVED BAY RIDGE SUBWAY STATION STILL EXCLUDES DISABLED NEW YORKERS

October 14, 2017  – 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."

 

I AM HALC: ANDREW GOUNARDES

September 21, 2017  – 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.

 

RIDERS LIKE RENOVATED BAY RIDGE AVE. SUBWAY STATION, BUT DISABILITY ADVOCATES DECRY LACK OF ELEVATOR

October 17, 2017  – 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."

 

MTA TO ‘WAIT AND SEE’ ON PLEA TO UP BUS SERVICE AFTER BAY RIDGE AVENUE STATION SHUTDOWN

May 3, 2017  – 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.”

 

GOUNARDES RAISES MORE THAN $9,500 IN MARATHON

November 10, 2016  – 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.

 

ADAMS PICKS BAY RIDGE MAN TO BE HIS CHIEF LAWYER

February 12, 2014  – 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.

 

BAY RIDGE HISTORICAL SOCIETY HAS BIG PLANS FOR 2014

December 16, 2013  – 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.

 

OP-ED: LUXURY BUILDINGS OR HONEST GOVERNMENT?

December 11, 2013  – 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.