Take a look at some of Andrew's press releases and statements:


ANDREW GOUNARDES UNVEILS PLAN FOR NEW NARROWS WATERFRONT PARK

Friday, May 18, 2018

From Bay Ridge to Coney Island, the proposed park would greatly enhance the Southern Brooklyn waterfront

In New York, the unquestioned popularity of urban spaces such as Riverside Park, the High Line, Brooklyn Bridge Park and others has demonstrated the incredible drawing power and civic value these public areas can have. And although Southern Brooklyn doesn’t currently possess such a space, I am working to change that.

My vision is to create a Narrows Waterfront Park that quickly becomes one of Southern Brooklyn’s most beloved landmarks — a destination for visitors, a gathering-place for residents and a source of pride for all New Yorkers.

Right now, there is no “Narrows Waterfront Park.” There is only a loose collection of public walkways, bike paths and patches of grass and trees along the waterfront between Bay Ridge and Coney Island. Beyond the fact that it is difficult to access, the waterfront-facing space is full of potholes, garbage and eyesores. It is neither inspiring nor representative of Brooklyn in 2018.

Our plan is to design a unified park which encompasses this entire area. We will expand and improve the existing elements, such as the Narrows Botanical Gardens, Shore Road Park, the Belt Parkway Bike Path and the grounds at Bay 8th St. We will install new safety features and amenities, and we will introduce new initiatives to bring the community together.

Specific actions we will take include:

  • Building out the 13-acre Bay 8th St. expanse as a full park with pathways, benches, tables, comfort stations, trees and other amenities. The Narrows Waterfront Park’s crown jewel.
  • Enhancing new and existing park spaces with exciting features such as exercise equipment for people of all ages; designated “dog park” areas; playgrounds for children; skate and roller blade parks; food truck accommodations and more. 
  • Updating and augmenting bike and pedestrian paths from the 69th St. Pier in Bay Ridge to Ceasar’s Bay in Gravesend. Continuous traffic barriers and flood protections will be added to all stretches of the Belt Parkway which abut the waterfront area.
  • Fostering community engagement and tourism with seasonal and holiday events such as outdoor movies, street festivals and fireworks.
  • Adding a connection to Coney Island (down Shore Parkway along the Belt Parkway).
  • Upgrading Caesar’s Bay with beautified green spaces and a pier with ferry access for this area underserved by mass transit. Also, creating a separate bike path from the Verrazano Bridge to Caesar’s Bay.
  • Adopting safety and resiliency measures such as raised berms to help contain storm surges (similar to plans for NY Rising).
  • Spotlighting the Narrows Botanical Garden and adding botanical and community garden elements elsewhere in the park.
  • Showcasing local artists with both permanent and rotating public art installations by professional artists and art school students.

The new Narrows Waterfront Park will have a tremendous impact on Southern Brooklyn, and New York City as a whole. Much like the High Line and Brooklyn Bridge Park, it will be a park that is simultaneously a destination and an attraction.

I dream of the day, soon, when this plan becomes a reality. I can’t wait to get to work.


ASSEMBLYMAN PETER ABBATE ENDORSES ANDREW GOUNARDES FOR SENATE

Monday, May 14, 2018  

Abbate’s official support adds to the list of endorsements received by Gounardes in his NY State Senate campaign

BROOKLYN, NY: Today, New York Assemblyman Peter J. Abbate, Jr., officially endorsed Democrat Andrew Gounardes in his campaign for NY Senate District 22.

“I am proud to endorse Andrew Gounardes for State Senate because it’s clear he has a vision for change, and the know-how to get results up in Albany,” Abbate said.

Abbate has seen firsthand how Gounardes fights to make a difference in Brooklyn, and he believes Gounardes has earned the right to be District 22’s next senator.

“We need to elect more candidates like Andrew up in Albany who had the dedication to help all the diverse communities of South Brooklyn,” Abbate said. “From his last race up until now, I have witnessed Andrew exemplify the spirit of public service and continue to give back to his community. Now it’s time we all help him.”

For Gounardes, Abbate’s endorsement is an important one. Abbate has been the 49th District’s Assemblyman since 1986. He represents a large swath of Senate District 22, and he is the first elected official to endorse either Democratic candidate in the race. This, coupled with Abbate’s distinguished career service and credentials, add weight to his announcement.

“Peter Abbate is one of the most respected public officials in Brooklyn,” Gounardes said. “He’s served this community for over 30 years. I am honored not only to have his support, but also the strong example he provides of what a civil servant should be.”

Thus far, Gounardes garnered endorsements from Abbate, the Brooklyn Young Democrats, the Central Brooklyn Independent Democrats, the Chair of the Kings County Democrats and Run for Something.

“This is a great start,” he said. “I’m excited to add more endorsements to my campaign and build the kind of grassroots momentum that can carry us to a truly significant victory for Brooklyn and New York.”

If Gounardes wins the District 22 seat, his victory will likely shift the balance of power in the NY State Senate back to the Democrats for the first time in years.

As Gounardes put it: “This election matters. I’m giving it everything I have.”


ANDREW GOUNARDES ROLLS OUT ROBUST PEDESTRIAN SAFETY PLATFORM

Monday, May 14, 2018   

Improving the safety and reliability of New York’s roadways and transit is one of Gounardes’ core campaign issues

Last year, 57 Brooklyn families lost loved ones to traffic crashes in Brooklyn, more than any other borough. While the rest of the City has seen pedestrian deaths decline, Brooklyn fatalities in 2017 were up nearly 12 percent. In March of this year, two toddlers were killed and a pregnant mother was badly injured when a driver (whose car had received eight tickets for speeding through school zones and blowing red lights) sped through a Park Slope crosswalk. Brooklyn is first in many things, but pedestrian deaths should not be one them. Parents, seniors and pedestrians of all ages should not have to live in fear of crossing the street in their own neighborhood.

In 2014, Mayor de Blasio introduced Vision Zero, a plan to reduce traffic-related injuries and fatalities across the City. Part of that plan involved targeting our most dangerous intersections and corridors for redesign so that cars, pedestrians, and cyclists can all travel safely and efficiently. I recently inspected all 35 of these “priority” locations in our district (places where multiple pedestrians have been injured or killed) to get a first-hand look at their conditions. Unfortunately, much of the work that was slated has not been done. Transportation Alternatives estimates that if road redesign continues at its current speed, it will take 50 years before all dangerous roads in New York City are redesigned. This is unacceptable. We simply cannot wait while people’s lives are on the line. Rather than reacting every time an injury or fatality occurs, we need to be proactive.

As a former 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 have long been focused on ways to help keep our streets safe for all. I have put pressure on government officials to increase the number of life-saving speed cameras in our community, and recently, after touring all of the Vision Zero priority zones in our district, I organized a community forum to improve pedestrian protections in our neighborhood.

By listening to the community, I gained a deep understanding of how much work we need to do to fix our pedestrian safety issues, and I identified a number of strategies we can implement to better protect our residents. My vision to improve pedestrian safety includes:

  • Fighting for speed cameras in every school zone, because speed cameras save lives. Speeding is one of the leading causes of traffic deaths, and in areas with speed cameras, speeding has declined by 63 percent … yet with 2,000 schools and 6,000 miles of street in New York City, Albany only allows the City to operate 140 speed cameras. I’ll change that.
  • Accelerating road redesign so that pedestrians and bike riders have safe spaces to walk and ride. By forcefully advocating DOT to speed up the Vision Zero plan, I will make sure our neighborhood installs protective features at our most high-risk corridors and intersections.
  • Protecting our most vulnerable citizens by expediting pedestrian ramp construction. Raised curbs and broken sidewalk ramps put seniors and people with mobility issues at risk, and they limit the number of accessible pathways. It’s been 28 years since the Americans with Disabilities Act passed. I’ll make sure New York honors it.
  • Holding dangerous drivers accountable by suspending licenses for dangerous drivers with multiple violations so they can’t get back behind the wheel.
  • Increasing traffic enforcement so that dangerous drivers are held accountable. Unpredictable driving behavior such as speeding, running red lights, pulling illegal U-turns, and double parking puts pedestrians, cyclists, and other drivers at risk. 
  • Requiring driving refreshers or defensive driving courses with every license renewal. By making these courses mandatory (they’re currently optional), we can ensure that drivers stay educated — and safe — throughout their lives behind the wheel.
  • Creating a “Safe Routes to Parks” program. No one should stay away from parks because of pedestrian safety concerns. I’ll work to enhance safety features on all roadways abutting parks so that people can get to and from them safely. 

STATEMENT FROM ANDREW GOUNARDES COMMENDING THE DYKER BEACH GOLF COURSE FOR REFUSING TO HOST SEBASTIAN GORKA AT REPUBLICAN GALA

Friday, April 27, 2018

Gorka has a neo-Nazi past and is a loud proponent of anti-Muslim rhetoric — and Brooklyn Republicans want him to headline their Spring Gala


(Brooklyn, NY) - Democratic candidate for State Senate Andrew Gounardes issued the following statement in response to the Dyker Beach Golf Course’s decision not to host the Republican event featuring Sebastian Gorka and Donald Trump, Jr.:


"This is unequivocally the right decision. Thank you to the Dyker Beach Golf Course for standing with the community and rejecting the inclusion of a divisive figure like Sebastian Gorka.

I can only hope that Marty Golden and the Brooklyn Republican Party wake up and recognize that their inclusion of Gorka was a slap in the face to every single person in our community. They should not try to reschedule the event for a different venue with the same guests. We’ll be watching to make sure they don’t — that’s for sure.

Thank you to everyone who signed our petition calling for immediate action on this. We showed that when we speak with one collective voice, we can push back against bigotry and hate.”


STATEMENT FROM ANDREW GOUNARDES CELEBRATING "FAIR STUDENT FUNDING" AND (AGAIN) CALLING ON ALBANY TO GIVE SCHOOLS THE BILLIONS IT OWES THEM

Friday, April 27, 2018    

27 Schools in the 22nd Senate District to Receive Funds


(Brooklyn, NY) - Democratic candidate for State Senate Andrew Gounardes issued the following statement in response to an increase of $125 million in fair student funding for New York public schools:

"As a public school graduate, I am excited to see that New York City will devote $125 million in 'Fair Student Funding' to help some of our most disadvantaged public schools. In my district, 27 schools will qualify for this critical funding that will help principals hire staff, purchase materials and finance school programs. The money will be an extremely valuable resource for the schools that need it most. This is what we should be doing to help our students.

What we should not be doing is preventing schools from receiving billions of dollars that the state owes them — and yet that's exactly what Marty Golden and his fellow Albany Republicans have done for years. Albany still owes New York City public schools $1.9 billion, and $63 million specifically for schools in our district.

Marty Golden has no problem giving away real estate tax breaks for Manhattan billionaires, but when it comes time to deliver for students in our community, he’s missing in action. Maybe he’d pay more attention if students could make hefty campaign contributions, like the luxury real estate developer who received a 95% real estate abatement thanks to Golden. Until then, they have no voice in Albany advocating for them and they suffer because of it. 

All our students deserve a top-quality education, and when I am elected State Senator, I will do everything in my power to see that happen."

A full list of the schools receiving funding in the 22nd district is below: 

  1. PS 52 SHEEPSHEAD BAY
  2. PS 222 KATHERINE R SNYDER
  3. JHS 278 MARINE PARK
  4. PS 195 MANHATTAN BEACH
  5. PS 127 MCKINLEY PARK
  6. PS 185 WALTER KASSENBROCK
  7. JHS 201 DYKER HEIGHTS (THE)
  8. JHS 259 WILLIAM MCKINLEY
  9. PS 101 VERRAZANO (THE)
  10. IS 228 DAVID A BOODY
  11. INTERNATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL AT LAFAYETTE
  12. HIGH SCHOOL OF SPORTS MANAGEMENT
  13. KINGSBOROUGH EARLY COLLEGE SCHOOL
  14. BROOKLYN STUDIO SECONDARY SCHOOL
  15. PS 112 LEFFERTS PARK
  16. PS 176 OVINGTON
  17. PS 186 DR IRVING A GLADSTONE
  18. PS 205 CLARION
  19. JHS 227 EDWARD B SHALLOW
  20. PS 247
  21. NEW UTRECHT HIGH SCHOOL
  22. HIGH SCHOOL OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS ARTS AND TECHNOLOGY
  23. PS 207 ELIZABETH G LEARY
  24. PS 277 GERRITSEN BEACH
  25. PS 102 BAYVIEW (THE)
  26. RALPH A FABRIZIO SCHOOL
  27. FORT HAMILTON HIGH SCHOOL

STATEMENT FROM ANDREW GOUNARDES IN RESPONSE TO MARTY GOLDEN’S CONTINUED FAILURE TO REPUDIATE BROOKLYN GOP INVITATION TO SEBASTIAN GORKA

Saturday, April 24, 2018     

Marty Golden’s statement in response to community outcries for his handpicked Republican Party leadership inviting Sebastian Gorka to give the keynote address at their annual gala is shockingly ignorant of our community’s values.

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.  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.  

Also, if Marty Golden expects us to believe he is not a “party planner,” and has no control over the decisions of the Brooklyn Republican Party, I have a bridge to sell you:

https://www.kingscountypolitics.com/brooklyn-gop-battle-brews-ghorra-challenges-eaton-for-borough-chair/

https://www.brooklyndaily.com/stories/2015/41/all-new-brooklyn-gop-chief-2015-10-09-bk.html

https://www.brooklyndaily.com/stories/2015/47/br-republican-party-schism-2015-11-20-bk.html

http://brooklynreporter.com/story/gop-factions-battle-for-control-of-brooklyn-party/

https://cityandstateny.com/articles/politics/campaigns-and-elections/brooklyn-gop.html


STATEMENT FROM ANDREW GOUNARDES CONDEMNING THE INCLUSION OF SEBASTIAN GORKA AND DONALD TRUMP, JR. AT THE BROOKLYN GOP'S SPRING GALA

Saturday, April 21, 2018

“It is an insult to New York City that the Brooklyn GOP would even consider having alt-right hero Sebastian Gorka at their Spring Gala. But they're not just having him in attendance, they're celebrating Gorka and Donald Trump, Jr. as VIP special guests to help them sell tickets. The idea of Gorka and Don Junior as the VIP draws at a gala event on a golf course shows everything that is wrong with the Brooklyn GOP — and my campaign will be protesting this event in person.

I condemn Gorka's inclusion, specifically, in the strongest possible terms. I'm disgusted that this man would be welcome anywhere in the country, let alone in Brooklyn. My district proudly celebrates our beautiful diversity, including our vibrant Muslim community, and Gorka — along with his shady neo-Nazi past — has stoked Islamophobia and hatred of Muslims in this country. He was one of the loudest defenders of Trump's Muslim Ban, and he sees immigrants as enemies. His values are completely un-American.

My campaign will be loudly protesting this event on Wednesday, May 16 at the Dyker Beach Golf Course. If the Brooklyn GOP believes that men like Gorka and Don Junior make America great, we need to teach them a thing or two about who we are as a city, and what we stand for. Please join me in condemning the Brooklyn GOP for this disgraceful decision. Our community deserves so much better than this."


BROOKLYN YOUNG DEMOCRATS ENDORSE GOUNARDES IN STATE SENATE RACE

Friday, April 20, 2018

Gounardes has garnered the first two club endorsements in the Democratic primary race

BROOKLYN, NY: Yesterday evening, the Brooklyn Young Democrats (BYD) officially endorsed Andrew Gounardes' candidacy in the 2018 New York State Senate election. BYD is the Kings County Democratic Party's official youth arm, and its support gives Gounardes momentum as District 22's primary race begins to intensify.

Thus far, Gounardes is 2-for-2 in Democratic club endorsements. (The Central Brooklyn Independent Democrats endorsed him in March.)

"This is really exciting," Gounardes said after last night's club meeting at LIU Brooklyn. "The Brooklyn Young Democrats are emerging community leaders and a positive force for change. They have proven in past elections how valuable their support is, and I'm beyond thrilled to have them in my corner."

Representing Democrats ages 16-35, BYD prides itself on organizing for candidates, serving the community and fundraising to help elect Democratic candidates in important elections — like this fall's State Senate race. 

"We want to see the Senate returned to Democratic control," said John Wasserman, the club's president. "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."

Gounardes said the endorsement will motivate him to fight even harder for Brooklyn residents. 

"When you get to speak to a room full of young, passionate, talented people like BYD's members, how can you not be motivated?" he said. "For me, this is not only a huge honor — it's an incentive to work even harder to win this election. I can't wait to interact more with the Young Democrats so we can build a better Brooklyn together."


ON COMMUNITY ZONING, GOLDEN SAYS ONE THING AND DOES ANOTHER

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Marty Golden says he doesn't support proposed Marine Park upzoning, but his record indicates that may not be true

BROOKLYN, NY: Democratic State Senate Candidate Andrew Gounardes is calling out Republican Marty Golden for again making empty promises to voters, this time in regards to neighborhood zoning protections which Golden once said he supported — and now is jeopardizing.

"Marty loves to be on both sides of an issue and hope his constituents don't notice," Gounardes said.

Last year, residents of Brooklyn's Marine Park stood up to local officials who wanted to remove zoning restrictions that would have allowed developers to build larger buildings. At the time, Marty Golden said he was on the side of the residents, who feared overdevelopment ... but if recent history is any indication, Golden's support was not sincere.

The New York State Senate, on which Golden serves, has included legislation in its recently-passed 2018-2019 budget that would enable the construction of far more tall residential buildings in New York City than are currently permitted. Specifically, the bill would remove restrictions on how tall buildings can be in relation to their lot size; in practice, this will mean more residential skyscrapers. And in Southern Brooklyn, it's a major cause for concern.

"Our communities are like ecosystems," Gounardes said. "Changing the zoning laws, or allowing the construction of giant residential buildings, can strain local infrastructure and alter neighborhood dynamics. It can be harmful."

In an article on the budget bill, the Municipal Arts Society of New York said that the changes would result in "dramatic citywide increases in bulk and density without sufficient public review," and that the repeal "would be one of the most significant changes in zoning in more than 50 years." 

According to Gounardes, Golden's support of the budget legislation shows that he will side with building developers if it's politically expedient.

"Marty Golden likes to pretend he's on the side of local residents," Gounardes said, "but his track record is clear — he and his Republican friends are in the pockets of real estate developers, and they'll sell Brooklyn out if given the chance."

Gounardes added that neighborhoods like Marine Park need leaders who are committed to preserving the vital balance of these communities.

"I was born and raised in Southern Brooklyn. This is my home," Gounardes said. "And I'm not about to let some building developers come in and ruin it."


GOUNARDES LEADS COMMUNITY CONVERSATION ON PEDESTRIAN SAFETY

Thursday, March 29, 2018

The conversation engaged community members to make their voices heard  

BAY RIDGE, BROOKLYN, NY: Last night, Southern Brooklyn residents gathered at the Bridgeview Diner for a Community Conversation on Pedestrian Safety, led by Democratic State Senate Candidate Andrew Gounardes. The two-hour forum involved a stimulating back-and-forth dialogue between Gounardes and passionate local residents, who voiced their concerns about pedestrian safety issues and shared ideas they thought could make things better.

"I was inspired to see such a great turnout, and how much people care about this issue," Gounardes said after the event. "We need to make a lot of changes in Brooklyn to protect not only our pedestrians, but cyclists and drivers as well. And there were some terrific suggestions for ways we can do that."

The conversation, which Gounardes streamed via Facebook Live, had a distinctly local feel. Earlier this month in Brooklyn, a driver ran a red light and struck two women and their young children as they crossed an intersection, killing both children. That tragedy, fresh in everyone's minds, was reinforced when one community member told the group that he was attending the event because his wife had also been struck by a car — a hit-and-run incident. And a number of attendees expressed their concerns about the borough's pedestrian safety policies, ranging from poor enforcement to dangerous intersections, a lack of regulations on electric bicycles, not enough speed cameras in school zones and many other topics.

"This was a real conversation, which was refreshing," said Mike DeCillis, a Bay Ridge resident. "It was a well-attended event where people felt they could really bring their issues to the table. People felt validated. It was constructive."

DeCillis said one of the things he liked best about the meeting were Gounardes' points about ways community members can get involved and make a difference in this area.

"It was something you could tell Andrew was genuinely passionate about," DeCillis said. "It's been a focus of his, and he's really following through on his commitments."

Leading up to the community conversation, Gounardes visited corridors and intersections across Southern Brooklyn identified by the Department of Transportation’s Vision Zero plan as priority areas. 

Toward the end of last night's discussion, Gounardes announced that he plans to reveal his official platform on this issue soon — and that his proposals will draw from the ideas attendees shared at the meeting.

"There's not enough proactive leadership on this issue, not just in our district but in our borough and our city," Gounardes told the community members. "We can do a lot better on pedestrian safety."


CENTRAL BROOKLYN INDEPENDENT DEMOCRATS ENDORSE GOUNARDES IN STATE SENATE RACE

Friday, March 23, 2018

CBID's support for Gounardes is the first club endorsement in the Democratic primary race

BROOKLYN, NY: Yesterday evening, the Central Brooklyn Independent Democrats (CBID) officially endorsed Andrew Gounardes' candidacy in the 2018 New York State Senate election. CBID is one of the biggest and strongest Democratic clubs in the country, and it is the first Democratic club to endorse a candidate in the race for Senate District 22.

"I'm deeply honored to have CBID's endorsement," Gounardes said after last night's club 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."

Founded in 1968 with the motto "Oppose Corruption," CBID emphasizes a platform of progressive reform politics for Brooklyn. Its choice of Gounardes indicates that his integrity, ideals and core campaign issues align closely with the club's progressive values and mission.

"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."

In the weeks and months to come, Gounardes hopes to build on the momentum from this endorsement with votes of support from other community groups.

"I hope this is just the start," he said. "To win this election and bring about the type of change Brooklyn needs, we have to build a grassroots, community-based coalition. Having local organizations like CBID behind me is vital to that effort."


STATEMENT FROM ANDREW GOUNARDES SUPPORTING NYS FUNDING FOR EARLY VOTING IMPLEMENTATION

Thursday, March 22, 2018

“I fully support the #LetNYVote proposal to add Early Voting funding to New York State's 2018-2019 budget, and to implement Early Voting statewide so that all eligible New Yorkers can more freely exercise their constitutional right to vote.

New York's voting laws are beyond antiquated. Marty Golden wants to make it harder for people to vote — that's why he opposes Early Voting. If he actually cared about giving voters a voice, he would support this proposal. Instead, he and his Republican allies want to prevent millions of eligible voters from casting a ballot and instead be forced to choose between their jobs, their families and their civil rights.

It's the 21st century and it's beyond time for New York to join the 37 other states with Early Voting. A change is gonna' come to our voting laws — it has to."


ANDREW GOUNARDES LAUNCHES CAMPAIGN FOR STATE SENATE IN SOUTHERN BROOKLYN

Monday, November 20, 2017

Attorney and community leader Andrew Gounardes today announced his candidacy for the New York State Senate, declaring “fraudulent politicians in Albany have repeatedly failed the people of southern Brooklyn.”

In an email sent to supporters, Gounardes stated the Brooklynites “remain frustrated by the unending dysfunction in Albany…We deserve better. We must do better. That’s why I’m running. “

“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 currently serves as Counsel to Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, where he helped write and pass legislation to combat dangerous home conversions. He organized and formed the “Concerned R Train Riders” to fight for better service and demand handicapped accessible subway stations in southern Brooklyn, and worked with local parents to successfully pressure Albany lawmakers to pass legislation for school zone speed cameras that protect children from dangerous drivers. As the Borough President’s representative to the Board of Trustees for the New York City Employee Retirement System, he works to protect the pensions of 350,000 active and retired city workers from the civilian and uniformed workforces.  He is also a co-founder of Bay Ridge Cares, which prepared 25,000 hot meals for Sandy survivors for weeks after the storm and today helps neighbors facing extraordinary need by providing them with emergency assistance.

The 22nd Senate District includes Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, Bensonhurst, Marine Park, Gerritsen Beach, and Gravesend, as well as portions of Sheepshead Bay, Borough Park, and Midwood. Gounardes, who challenged incumbent Republican Martin Golden in 2012, noted that there are nearly 49,000 more Democrats than Republicans in the district, a margin that has grown by more than 10% since 2012.

“Throughout Brooklyn, and across America, people are energized as never before because the stakes have never been higher,” Gounardes declared. “This energy will help the people of Brooklyn finally retire an incumbent who empowers the special interests corrupting our capitol.”

A graduate of Fort Hamilton High School, Gounardes earned his degrees from Hunter College and the George Washington University Law School. He is a former aide to Councilmember Vincent Gentile and served on Community Board 10. Prior to joining the Borough President’s office, he worked for the Citizens Committee for New York City, a non-profit that provides neighborhood improvements grants to community groups across the five boroughs.