Councilmember Peter Vallone Jr.

Costa Constantinides eyeing Vallone’s seat in 22nd Council District
Costa Constantinides eyeing Vallone’s seat in 22nd Council District
Politics Angy Altamirano 10/25/2013 at 11:48AM

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 [...]

Mount Sinai Queens breaks ground on $125 million expansion project
Mount Sinai Queens breaks ground on $125 million expansion project
Top Stories Angy Altamirano 10/21/2013 at 6:08PM

Mount Sinai Queens is becoming the “hospital of tomorrow” as it breaks ground on its $125 million expansion project. Hospital officials, community members and elected officials gathered on Monday, October 21 to break ground on the project that will help improve health care in the Astoria community. “Today’s groundbreaking signifies more than just a new [...]

Green Party candidate Lynne Serpe has ‘22 Ideas for District 22’
Green Party candidate Lynne Serpe has ‘22 Ideas for District 22’
News Angy Altamirano 10/18/2013 at 2:48PM

One candidate is ready to turn Astoria green. In June, Lynne Serpe announced she would be running to fill departing Councilmember Peter Vallone Jr.’s seat in the 22nd Council District, serving Astoria, Long Island City and parts of Jackson Heights. Serpe ran against Vallone for City Council in 2009. She is currently the project consultant [...]

Astoria celebrates Italian heritage at 36th Annual Christopher Columbus Day Parade
Astoria celebrates Italian heritage at 36th Annual Christopher Columbus Day Parade
Top Stories Queens Courier Staff 10/14/2013 at 3:11PM

Astoria got together this past weekend to celebrate the 36th Annual Christopher Columbus Day Parade. On Saturday, October 12, together with Councilmember Peter Vallone Jr., former Speaker Peter Vallone Sr., Assemblymember Aravella Simotas and other local officials, the procession marched from 34th Avenue down to Astoria Boulevard and 33rd Street. The Grand Marshal of the [...]

City Council OKs Hallets Point development
City Council OKs Hallets Point development
West Angy Altamirano 10/09/2013 at 4:20PM

The development that would bring thousands of residential apartments, retail space and parkland to the Astoria waterfront at Hallets Point has gotten the final thumbs up. The City Council voted on Wednesday, October 9 to approve the plan presented by Lincoln Equities Group, the company behind the estimated $1 billion complex called the Hallets Point [...]

Pol introduces bill to keep Astoria clean
Pol introduces bill to keep Astoria clean
West Angy Altamirano 10/01/2013 at 4:22PM

Residents and local officials want to take out the trash in Astoria. “We all want a clean living environment for our growing community and to help our small businesses thrive,” said Assemblymember Aravella Simotas at a rally on September 24 at the corner of 31st Street and Ditmars Boulevard. Her office has heard from an [...]

City Council passes condo, co-op resolution
City Council passes condo, co-op resolution
News Melissa Chan 9/26/2013 at 11:55AM

The City Council has unanimously passed a resolution calling for Congress to make co-op and condos eligible for federal storm recovery grants. “Condo and co-op owners are homeowners too,” said Councilmember Peter Vallone Jr. who brought forth the measure. “Yet, right now, the federal government is denying them Sandy relief. That needs to change.” The [...]

Resolution calls for co-op, condo storm recovery grants
News Melissa Chan 9/18/2013 at 11:01AM

A Queens lawmaker introduced a resolution in the City Council last week calling for Congress to make co-op and condos eligible for federal storm recovery grants. The measure, brought forth by Councilmember Peter Vallone Jr., comes after many citywide co-op and condo owners found they could not receive FEMA grants for Sandy-inflicted damages. It would [...]

Costa Constantinides wins 22nd Council District primary race
Costa Constantinides wins 22nd Council District primary race
Politics Angy Altamirano 9/11/2013 at 1:05AM

After months of campaigning, Costa Constantinides is one step closer to filling Peter Vallone Jr.’s seat in City Council District 22 and representing Astoria, Long Island City and parts of Jackson Heights. Together with his wife, 4-year old son, mother, family, friends and supporters Constantinides celebrated his victory as the Democratic candidate in the Primary [...]

Spike in crime sparks push for park safety
Spike in crime sparks push for park safety
Police Cristabelle Tumola 9/05/2013 at 1:00PM

The city may continue to report decreasing crime rates, but its park safety is up for question. Crime in city parks this spring was 44 percent higher compared to the same period last year, according to NYPD data. From April 1 to June 30, 128 crimes were reported in the 31 city parks for which [...]