Council Member Peter Koo was elected to the New York City Council in November 2009. peter immigrated to America from Hong Kong in 1971. when peter arrived in america, he worked minimum wage jobs at Kentucky Fried Chicken and Dunkin Donuts to put himself through the University of New Mexico – College of Pharmacy, where he earned a Bachelors of Science degree.Peter would later move to new york, where he founded and became CEO and President of the Starside Pharmacy chain located in Flushing, Queens.
As a local businessman and community activist, he has tirelessly fought for the needs of the residents who live in his home community and has become one of Flushing’s foremost community activists. Peter has served as the Chairman of Program Services for the Flushing Business Improvement District (BID) and President of the Flushing Chinese Business Association.
Prior to taking office, Peter was an active member of Community Board 7, representing Flushing, Whitestone, Bay Terrace and College Point; he has served as an advisor of the Queens General Hospital Community Advisory Board; Treasurer, Founder and Trustee of the LaGuardia Community College Foundation; the Flushing Lions Club, Flushing Rotary Club and the American Cancer Society.
He is affectionately referred to as the “Mayor” of Flushing because of his involvement in civics, his accessibility to the public and for his philanthropic endeavors.
Peter is married with two beautiful children.