District 19

Paul Vallone wins race for Halloran’s seat, continues Vallone legacy
Paul Vallone wins race for Halloran’s seat, continues Vallone legacy
Politics Melissa Chan 11/06/2013 at 12:15AM

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, [...]

Paul Vallone claims victory in contentious District 19 race
Paul Vallone claims victory in contentious District 19 race
Politics Melissa Chan 9/11/2013 at 1:33AM

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 [...]

Former City Council candidate Kevin Kim won’t run for office this year
Former City Council candidate Kevin Kim won’t run for office this year
Politics Melissa Chan 6/06/2013 at 3:53PM

Former City Council candidate Kevin Kim announced he would not run for any office this year. The Democrat had mulled a run in the 19th District to replace Republican incumbent Councilmember Dan Halloran, who is not seeking re-election while he fights federal corruption charges. Kim lost a 2009 election to Halloran. “After serious consideration, I [...]

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 [...]

City Council candidate Austin Shafran gains second union endorsement
City Council candidate Austin Shafran gains second union endorsement
Politics Queens Courier Staff 2/14/2013 at 12:06PM

Austin Shafran has gained the endorsement of UFCW Local 1500 in his bid for City Council. “This is a high-priority council race for our members, and we know that Austin is the candidate who will fight the hardest to strengthen and expand the middle class,” said Bruce Both, president of the state’s grocery workers union. [...]