Peter Vallone Jr.

Queens Democratic endorsements: Party backs Katz for borough president, Quinn for mayor
Queens Democratic endorsements: Party backs Katz for borough president, Quinn for mayor
Politics Terence M. Cullen 5/20/2013 at 3:59PM

The Queens Democratic Party doled out its endorsements for this year’s elections Monday, giving key backings in multi-candidate primaries. The party backed Council Speaker Christine Quinn for mayor, former deputy public advocate Reshma Saujani for public advocate; Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer for comptroller and Melinda Katz for Borough President. Stringer’s son was born earlier [...]

Republican Arcabascio to run for Borough President
Politics Terence M. Cullen 5/17/2013 at 12:36PM

An Astoria technology professional is eyeing a Borough Hall run as a Republican, making the race for borough president a little tighter. Aurelio “Tony” Arcabascio confirmed his candidacy and expects to receive county endorsement soon. Arcabascio, who ran his own technology company for 13 years, made his debut in the political world last year when [...]

Council District 22 candidate Tony Meloni drops out of race
Council District 22 candidate Tony Meloni drops out of race
Politics Angy Altamirano 5/16/2013 at 10:28AM

Tony Meloni, one of the first candidates to enter the Democratic race for Peter Vallone Jr.’s City Council seat, announced he is dropping out. Meloni confirmed he is ending his campaign to represent District 22 in Astoria so he can focus on his family and work in the community. “It was a really hard decision,” [...]

Astoria teens charged in apparent mob attack caught on video
Astoria teens charged in apparent mob attack caught on video
Police Angy Altamirano 4/25/2013 at 12:48PM

Authorities have arrested and charged five girls in connection with an apparent mob attack on two middle school girls. Video of the incident went viral after being uploaded online. The April 12 incident started when Samantha Gonzalez and friend Christina Campos, both 14, walked through Astoria Park along with three others. Campos told Gonzalez she [...]

Candidates focus on development at Borough President forum
Candidates focus on development at Borough President forum
Politics Terence M. Cullen 4/12/2013 at 3:27PM

Questions regarding development at Willets Point, directed mainly at three of the six candidates, became a significant part of a recent forum for borough president. Councilmembers Peter Vallone Jr. and Leroy Comrie, State Senators Jose Peralta and Tony Avella, former Councilmember and Assemblymember Melinda Katz and former Deputy BP Barry Grodenchik took the stage at [...]

Astoria lawyer John Ciafone enters 22nd Council District race
Politics Angy Altamirano 4/12/2013 at 11:01AM

John J. Ciafone has announced he will be running to fill Councilmember Peter Vallone Jr.’s spot in the 22nd Council District. “I’m running for Council in the 22nd District because our community is facing serious problems,” said Ciafone. “Until we change these issues, our community will continue to suffer and we will lose our friends, [...]

Queens’ Morning Roundup
Top Stories Cristabelle Tumola 4/10/2013 at 8:23AM

TODAY’S FORECAST  Wednesday: Mostly cloudy with a chance of a thunderstorm and a chance of rain in the afternoon. High of 77. Winds from the West at 5 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 50%. Wednesday night: Overcast with thunderstorms and rain showers, then a chance of rain after midnight. Fog overnight. Low of 52. [...]

Borough President candidates making the rounds
Borough President candidates making the rounds
Politics Queens Courier Staff 3/29/2013 at 10:43AM

BY ANTHONY O’REILLY Borough President candidates are blazing through Queens, participating in forums and allowing the community to hear their positions. The six Democrats hoping to replace current Borough President Helen Marshall most recently gathered at the Hollis Hills Jewish Center in Fresh Meadows and attended the Ridgewood Democratic Club’s monthly meeting. State Senators Tony [...]

Borough president candidates pick up endorsements
Borough president candidates pick up endorsements
Politics Terence M. Cullen 3/18/2013 at 10:29AM

As the candidates start to get out and campaign, the race is heating up for the next Queens borough president. Councilmember Peter Vallone Jr., who has led in terms of fundraising since mid-2012, was the most recent candidate to officially kick off his campaign with an event on Monday, March 11 in his native Astoria. [...]

Queens’ Morning Roundup
News Cristabelle Tumola 2/25/2013 at 8:08AM

TODAY’S FORECAST Monday: Partly cloudy in the morning, then clear. High of 48. Winds from the North at 5 to 15 mph. Monday Night: Partly cloudy. Low of 36. Winds from the NNE at 5 to 10 mph. EVENT OF THE DAY: RGB by Satoshi Tsuchiyama Inspired by his personal experience with the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, artist [...]