Councilmember Peter Vallone Jr. has tires slashed


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Photo courtesy of Councilmember Peter Vallone Jr.'s Facebook

Some tire slashing isn’t leaving one Astoria politician deflated. Councilmember Peter Vallone Jr. woke up on Wednesday to find that two wheels of his car parked in his driveway had been slashed. A worker at a tire shop confirmed to Vallone that the tires had been cut. According to the elected official’s Facebook account, his […]

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Council Speaker Christine Quinn versus Councilmember Peter Vallone, Jr.


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Once again, New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn has removed the veil of her Manhattan liberal independent reformer image to reveal that she is a seasoned Democratic Party machine leader. She follows in the fine tradition of her predecessors, former Council Speakers Gifford Miller, Peter Vallone Senior and the late Tom Cuite of Brooklyn. […]

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EXCLUSIVE: Incoming Councilmember Paul Vallone names staff


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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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Vallone introduces legislation to remove Ed Koch from Queensboro Bridge name


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Photo courtesy of NYC Mayor's Office Flickr/By Edward Reed

One local politician is taking the next step to bring the Queensboro Bridge back to the borough. Councilmember Peter Vallone Jr. introduced legislation on Tuesday to reestablish the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge to its original name, the Queensboro Bridge. The city renamed the bridge in 2011 after the former Mayor Ed Koch, who passed away […]

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Vallone: Develop Astoria Park Pool area into ice skating rink


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Photo courtesy of Councilmember Peter Vallone Jr.

Astoria Park could soon be the next site to go skating for the holidays. Councilmember Peter Vallone Jr. sent a letter to Parks Department Commissioner Veronica White on November 19, asking the agency to develop the Astoria Park Pool area into an ice skating rink. The area being proposed for the rink is next to […]

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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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Costa Constantinides eyeing Vallone’s seat in 22nd Council District


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After winning the Democratic primary last month, Costa Constantinides is ready to head into the General Election to fill departing Councilmember Peter Vallone Jr.’s seat in the 22nd Council District. “I think Astoria has always been a great place to live, I had a wonderful childhood growing up here,” he said. “It’s a wonderful place […]

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Crowley, Katz and Vallone – three peas in a pod


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To the victor go the spoils.  Don’t be surprised when Congressmember and Queens County Democratic Party Chairperson Joseph Crowley and Queens Borough President Melinda Katz reward State Senator Tony Avella, New York City Councilmember Leroy Comrie, Deputy Borough President Barry Grodenchik and New York State Senator Jose Peralta for being loyal members in good standing. […]

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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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VIDEO: Vallone releases first campaign commercial in BP race


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Video via Vimeo

Councilmember Peter Vallone Jr., who is in a tight race with Melinda Katz for Queens borough president, has released his first campaign commercial. He is also the first borough president candidate to come out with a television ad. Peter F. Vallone Jr. for Queens Borough President from Roberts Horowitz Creative on Vimeo.   RECOMMENDED STORIES […]

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Vallone pushes ‘Adopt-A-Basket’ program in Queens


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Photo courtesy of Peter Vallone Jr.’s campaign

A little-known citywide trash initiative could clean up Queens streets if more of the borough knew about it, a local lawmaker said. The city’s volunteer “Adopt-A-Basket” program gives free garbage cans and bags to residents and store owners who agree to monitor the outdoor receptacles and change liners when the basket is three-quarters full. The […]

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Councilmember Leroy Comrie exits borough president race


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Councilmember Leroy Comrie has dropped his bid for borough president, his campaign announced on Saturday. “After careful consideration, my family and I believe, due to personal matters, this is the best course of action,” he said in a statement. “I remain steadfast in my faith and belief in government and it is a true honor […]

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Call to reinstate Peter F. Vallone Scholarship


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With no agreement on a state Dream Act, Councilmember Peter Vallone Jr. is calling to re-establish the Peter F. Vallone Scholarship, the “original” New York City Dream Act. On Thursday, April 25 Vallone gathered with mayoral candidates, fellow councilmembers and education and immigration advocacy groups to call on Mayor Michael Bloomberg and City Council Speaker […]

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