EXCLUSIVE: Incoming Councilmember Paul Vallone names staff


| mchan@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Melissa Chan

Councilmember-elect Paul Vallone has picked the team he’ll take to City Hall in January, The Courier has learned. The seven-member staff consists mostly of longtime supporters and includes two former employees of Queens elected officials and the aunt of a local assemblymember. “These are people who believed in me five years ago, when I first […]

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Paul Vallone wins race for Halloran’s seat, continues Vallone legacy


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THE COURIER/Photo by Melissa Chan

The 40-year Vallone legacy will live on in City Hall. Paul Vallone, 46, will carry his family’s name in the City Council for the next four years after winning election Tuesday to lead District 19 in northeast Queens. Vallone beat Republican Dennis Saffran with 57.2 percent of the vote, as of midnight with all precincts reporting, […]

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Cuomo, Gillibrand back Paul Vallone in District 19 race


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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Governor Andrew Cuomo and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand endorsed Democratic City Council candidate Paul Vallone for District 19 Wednesday. Cuomo said Vallone could carry the legacy of his family. “I have known the Vallone family for decades and admire their contributions of public service to the City of New York,” the governor said in a […]

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Paul Vallone wins District 19 primary in final vote count, Shafran concedes


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Paul Vallone can pop the champagne bottle — again. Final vote counts officially sealed the win for the Flushing attorney in a hard-fought and close Democratic primary race for City Council. “I couldn’t be any more excited,” said Vallone, 46. “It was a delayed week, but it was very exciting.” Vallone declared his victory on […]

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Paul Vallone claims victory in contentious District 19 race


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THE COURIER/Photo by Liam La Guerre

Attorney Paul Vallone declared he came out on top in a contentious Democratic primary race to replace scandal-scarred Councilmember Dan Halloran. Vallone defeated his four opponents by taking about 31 percent of the vote on September 10, according to unofficial results. With nearly 99 percent of precincts reporting, Vallone won 2,723 votes, while runner-up candidate […]

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Marshall installs president Paul Vallone


By Queens Courier Staff

Borough President Helen Marshall came to the Clinton Democratic Club to install the new Young Dems, board of trustees, executive board and president, Paul Vallone. The club presented Anthony Barsamian with a Certificate of Recognition as a semifinalist in the Intel Science Talent Search Competition. Another speaker at the installation, Anthony Iuliano, Department of Buildings […]

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Proposed carriage horse ban finds strongest opposition among city lawmakers from Queens


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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Opponents of a controversial bill that would ban carriage horses in the city can count on lawmakers from Queens as their biggest group of allies in the City Council.

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Local authorities try to put an end to College Point homeless encampment


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THE COURIER/Photo by Eric Jankiewicz

A team of city officials, police and advocates for the homeless swept into a makeshift encampment under a ramp to the Whitestone Expressway, relocating those taking shelter there to safer quarters and fencing off the barren lot.

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Bayside’s small businesses tell film industry to take five


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Photo via Facebook/GreggSullivan

The Bayside Village Business Improvement District (BID) wants the city to put a temporary stop on granting filming permits to movie and show makers using Bayside as a shooting location.

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Douglaston plaza opens near LIRR station


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Photo courtesy of Councilman Paul Vallone's office

The Douglaston pedestrian plaza has opened to the public. The completion of the project, near the LIRR station on 41st Avenue, was marked by a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday with Councilman Paul Vallone and the Douglaston Local Development Corporation (LDC).

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