Andrew Gounardes is proud to call southern Brooklyn his home. As an attorney and community advocate, he knows that 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. 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 supports neighbors facing extraordinary need by providing them with emergency assistance. 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. Today he serves as the general counsel for the Brooklyn Borough President, where he works to ensure that the 2.7 million residents of Brooklyn can live safe, healthy lives.