Councilmember Peter Vallone Jr.

Mayor Bloomberg files suit to stop law making it easier to sue city over profiling
News Liam La Guerre 9/04/2013 at 4:50PM

From the City Council to the courts. Mayor Michael Bloomberg filed a lawsuit in Manhattan Supreme Court on Tuesday against the City Council to challenge a law that would make it easier for people to sue the city in discrimination cases. The mayor’s latest move in the battle over the controversial Community Safety Act only [...]

Katz outlines plan to ‘Green Queens’ if elected borough president
Politics Melissa Chan 9/04/2013 at 11:02AM

One thousand new trees would grow in Queens and government rooftops would be painted an energy-saving white should Melinda Katz win her bid to lead the borough. The former legislator outlined her “Plan for a Green Queens” on Tuesday, September 3 with her newest supporter, the New York League of Conservation Voters. “With a total [...]

Glendale rallies against proposed homeless shelter
Glendale rallies against proposed homeless shelter
Southwest Liam La Guerre 8/30/2013 at 5:12PM

A senior center, a school, maybe even a park is fine, but residents in Glendale want to shut the door on a proposed homeless shelter. Councilmember Peter Vallone Jr. led a protest on Friday in front a defunct factory at 78-16 Cooper Avenue, which nonprofit Samaritan Village plans to transform into transitional housing if its [...]

Queens streets co-named for female trailblazers
Queens streets co-named for female trailblazers
Top Stories Angy Altamirano 8/29/2013 at 1:29PM

The name of and story behind a beloved local activist, resident and first female Queens County Clerk will never be forgotten. On Tuesday, August 27, family, friends and elected officials gathered to honor the life of Gloria D’Amico by co-naming Shore Boulevard and 21st Drive in Astoria as “The Honorable Gloria D’Amico Place.” The street [...]

VIDEO: Vallone releases first campaign commercial in BP race
VIDEO: Vallone releases first campaign commercial in BP race
Politics Queens Courier Staff 8/28/2013 at 1:03PM

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 [...]

City Council overrides Bloomberg’s Community Safety Act veto
City Council overrides Bloomberg’s Community Safety Act veto
Politics Liam La Guerre 8/22/2013 at 5:05PM

The New York City Council voted to override Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s veto of the controversial Community Safety Act. The act contains two bills, one that will create an inspector general to oversee the activities of the police department and have subpoena power, while the other bill will make it easier for people to sue the [...]

NY pols want to create publicly available gun offender registry
NY pols want to create publicly available gun offender registry
Top Stories Liam La Guerre 8/21/2013 at 3:33PM

New York politicians are shooting for an open statewide gun offender registry. Councilmember Peter Vallone Jr. and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. announced legislation Wednesday to make the city’s gun offender registry publicly available online and create a similar statewide registry. Vallone will introduce the bill tomorrow in a City Council meeting. State Senator Jeffrey [...]

Judge rules NYPD’s stop-and-frisk policy unconstitutional
Judge rules NYPD’s stop-and-frisk policy unconstitutional
Top Stories Liam La Guerre 8/12/2013 at 1:48PM

Score another win for opponents of the NYPD’s controversial stop-and-frisk policy. U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin ruled Monday that the police department’s use of the policy is unconstitutional and suggested the appointment of a monitor to reform it. “I find that the city is liable for violating plaintiffs’ Fourth and Fourteenth Amendment rights,” Scheindlin wrote. [...]

CB 1 member, business owner Prentzas joins 22nd Council District race
Politics Angy Altamirano 6/12/2013 at 4:18PM

Longtime Community Board 1 member and small business owner Constantinos “Gus” Prentzas is looking to fill departing Councilmember Peter Vallone Jr.’s seat in the 22nd Council District. “Northwestern Queens has grown and flourished over the last 12 years,” he said. “I believe I have the right balance of private and public sector experience to continue [...]

Astoria VFW post renamed for WWII veteran
Astoria VFW post renamed for WWII veteran
West Angy Altamirano 6/12/2013 at 12:43PM

Rocco Moretto, a decorated World War II veteran who fought in the conflict from the beginning of the US’ engagement in Europe until the end, received a recognition that will live on for years to come. On Thursday, June 6, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2348 in Astoria was renamed after Moretto. He was one [...]