Austin Shafran

Paul Vallone wins District 19 primary in final vote count, Shafran concedes
Paul Vallone wins District 19 primary in final vote count, Shafran concedes
Politics Melissa Chan 9/17/2013 at 6:05PM

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 [...]

Primary guide: City Council District 19
Primary guide: City Council District 19
Politics Queens Courier Staff 9/04/2013 at 2:48PM

As the clock ticks closer to city primaries on Tuesday, September 10, The Courier would like to provide you, the reader and the voter, with a fair, detailed guide of who is running. Here is a list of the candidates in City Council District 19 (College Point, Auburndale-Flushing, Bayside, Whitestone, Bay Terrace, Douglaston and Little Neck), who [...]

PAC attacks City Council candidates in District 19 race
PAC attacks City Council candidates in District 19 race
Politics Melissa Chan 8/28/2013 at 11:19AM

Three City Council candidates who recently had their faces plastered on smear mailers are calling for an end to “one of the worst mudslinging campaigns” the district has ever seen. “I am very disappointed and saddened by the false attacks which have been made on the personal character of the candidates,” said Chrissy Voskerichian. “False [...]

Candidates vie for votes in Councilmember Halloran’s district
Candidates vie for votes in Councilmember Halloran’s district
Politics Melissa Chan 8/21/2013 at 12:53PM

The six candidates vying to replace scandal-scarred Councilmember Dan Halloran mapped out ways they would bring integrity back to the seat at a Flushing forum last week. “There is such anger, and it’s justified,” said Paul Vallone at a forum hosted by the MinKwon Center for Community Action. “We need to reclaim our local council [...]

Former Congressmember Gary Ackerman backs City Council candidate Austin Shafran
Former Congressmember Gary Ackerman backs City Council candidate Austin Shafran
Politics Queens Courier Staff 7/22/2013 at 5:57PM

Former Congressmember Gary Ackerman has endorsed Austin Shafran, candidate for District 19 of the City Council. On Monday, July 22, Ackerman announced he would be endorse his former community liaison. “Austin is a lifelong member of our community who has the integrity and experience to serve our community honestly and effectively,” said Ackerman. “Austin is [...]

Commuters angry about upcoming LIRR service cuts
Commuters angry about upcoming LIRR service cuts
Northeast Angy Altamirano 7/17/2013 at 4:30PM

The upcoming cuts to peak weekday Long Island Rail Road service in Bayside have left commuters outraged, yet the MTA said the brief inconvenience will result in long-term improvements. From July 22 to August 16, the LIRR will cancel five rush-hour trains including the westbound 7:55 a.m. train from Little Neck and 8 a.m. train [...]

District 19 candidate Shafran wants to clean up City Council
Politics Queens Courier Staff 6/28/2013 at 10:32AM

One candidate has a plan to clean up the city council. Austin Shafran, who is running in the District 19 race, believes the key to fighting government corruption is to limit politicians’ outside influences, and take the power out of their hands and put it into the local community. “Our community isn’t getting the fair [...]

Race to replace embattled Councilmember Dan Halloran underway
Race to replace embattled Councilmember Dan Halloran underway
Politics Melissa Chan 4/25/2013 at 1:23PM

The first Republican candidate has thrown his hat in the ring to replace federally-indicted Councilmember Dan Halloran. Dennis Saffran, 57, said he is running in the 19th Council District to restore “the tradition of integrity and honesty in government.” The attorney from Douglaston ran for the seat in 2001 and narrowly lost to then-Councilmember Tony [...]

Flushing Democrat Paul Graziano officially starts District 19 campaign
Flushing Democrat Paul Graziano officially starts District 19 campaign
Northeast Melissa Chan 3/25/2013 at 4:05PM

A Flushing urban planner officially joined District 19’s City Council race while another candidate bowed out. Democrat Paul Graziano kicked off his campaign on March 25 at Bowne Park to unseat Republican incumbent Councilmember Dan Halloran. “My campaign is very simple. Protect your neighborhood. Do no harm,” said Graziano, a lifelong North Flushing resident. “It’s [...]

Endorsements rolling in for city candidates
News Queens Courier Staff 3/03/2013 at 9:38AM

The following candidates have received backings . . . New York City Mayor Former Councilmember Sal Albanese was endorsed by the Transport Workers Union Local 101 in the Democratic mayoral primary, while his opponent City Council Speaker Christine Quinn landed support from the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union. New York City Comptroller Manhattan Borough [...]